How We Help
[teaser]We work with people who are going through some of the most difficult and emotional times of their lives. Whether their case involves something happy, like an adoption, or troubling, like a divorce, each case is stressful and emotionally tiring for our client. Because of this, everything we do in our office is focused on achieving our client’s goals while minimizing the stress and anxiety associated with their case.[/teaser]
First, we are very selective in the cases that we accept and people that we represent. A potential client needs to be comfortable with us and we need to be comfortable with them. We keep a limited caseload so that we are able to give our clients the time and attention they deserve.
The cases we handle fall into two major categories; those that involve children and those that involve the dissolution of a marriage. Cases involving children include adoptions, paternity, custody, visitation and cases involving children born through the use of assisted reproductive technology. Cases involving marriages include divorces, creation of pre-nuptial agreements and resolving issues that arise after a divorce.
In order to make sure that we are able to represent our clients and provide them with the quality of work that they deserve, we intentionally only accept cases where we feel that we understand the law and can handle the administrative aspects of the case. We also only work with clients who fit with our firm. There are some potential clients who we will not work with because our personalities are not compatible or their expectations and philosophies about how a case should be handled differ from the way that we work.
Second, we attempt to gather as much information as possible about each case. We have learned over the years that having information to support our beliefs and our arguments is essential to achieving our clients’ goals. We gather this information from a variety of different sources. Our primary source of information is our clients. Our clients can provide us with the documents and evidence in their possession as well as their personal knowledge about their case. We also obtain information from other witnesses, family members and friends. We seek out information from professionals including medical providers, school teachers and officials, employers and other organizations. Finally, we obtain information from the other side. It may come through informal means such as conversations between attorneys and the voluntary exchange of documents. It may also come through formal methods such as answers to written questions called interrogatories, responses to written requests for documents and through depositions, which are recorded question and answer sessions where the witness swears that their answers are truthful.
Third, we make use of technology to organize and present the information we have gathered. We believe the use of technology makes us more efficient and more effective. By using technology, we are able to keep the information in each case easily accessible and then utilize it within systems created from our years of experience.
Finally, to help achieve those goals we focus on communication with our client. It’s our policy that every piece of paper that comes through our office related to a case is sent to our client. Our clients receive copies of everything that is filed with the court by us and by the opposing side. Our clients receive copies of all documents and correspondence in their case and they receive updates from us via mail, electronic communications, in person or by phone whenever anything substantial happens in their case. We understand that not knowing what is happening can be very stressful. While every case has lengthy periods of inactivity, anytime something substantial happens in a client’s case, it is communicated to them so that they know what has happened, what action we took, what to expect next and what significance that event had in their case.
We recognize that the way we work is not right for every client. We have, however, set up our practice to fit our personalities and the types of clients that we want to serve. If you believe you would fit with our practice, you can click on the link to the “Contact Us” page where you will find our telephone number to call and schedule an initial consultation.
We look forward to talking to you in the near future and hope that we may be able to help you with your situation.