While Covid-19 preventive measures such as social distancing, shelter-in-place, and local lockdowns have forced many family law firms in Texas to keep their offices closed, resourceful, and dedicated Austin family law attorneys are offering video and phone consultations to help their clients.
You can download free teleconference software such as Zoom or simply have a one-on-one video chat with an Austin family attorney via FaceTime or Skype. Here are some suggestions to help you prepare for a virtual consultation with your Austin divorce attorney.
Be Assured of the Confidentiality
Feel free to ask your attorney at the outset about the privacy of the virtual meeting, whether the meeting will be recorded, and how they can assure you of maintaining complete confidentiality. Choose a virtual meeting platform where you are comfortable that the cybersecurity risks are minimal.
Once you are assured that the confidentiality of your phone or video chat will not be violated even inadvertently, you should be prepared to share all the facts and circumstances of your family law matter with your attorney. They will be able to offer you the most effective legal advice and strategy once they have all the relevant information about your case.
Keep Relevant Information and Documents Ready
Prior to your virtual consultation with an Austin family attorney, make a written note of all the important dates so far, copies of any emails, texts, or any verbal communication with your spouse, and keep them ready for your lawyer’s quick review.
If you are meeting the attorney after you have already initiated the legal proceedings, keep copies of any court filings ready with you as well as details of any court orders that may have been issued. If you have discussed a possible divorce settlement with your spouse, run the details through your attorney to make sure your rights are fully protected.
If you believe that property division could be a serious issue in your divorce because substantial assets are involved, prepare the details of all major marital and non-marital assets, and gather supporting documents as far as possible. This will help your lawyer assess your financial position and guide you about the best negotiation strategy in your circumstances.
Prepare Your List of Questions
Before you meet an experienced Austin family attorney, numerous questions may be arising in your mind related to issues such as child custody, alimony, child support, and property division.
You may also want to know more about the attorney’s practice experience, knowledge of Texas family law, the past track record of performance, and their reputation as a family law firm in Austin.
Make a list of all the pertinent questions you want to ask from your lawyer during your virtual consultation. This will ensure that you have a productive consultation, and none of your key questions are missed out. Also, feel free to discuss the attorney fee and your budget so that they can advise you on the best solutions to achieve your goals.
Set Up a Virtual Consultation with a Top Rated Attorney
The Law Office of Eric M. Willie P.C. is offering virtual consultations during the Covid-19 social distancing restrictions. We are fully equipped to provide you a strong legal representation for matters related to your divorce, children, property, or other family law issues. Call us at 512-478-0834 today or contact us online.