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What to expect when meeting your family lawyer

When you’re preparing for your first meeting with a family lawyer, it’s natural to experience a range of emotions. Facing any legal issues can bring on stress, sadness, guilt and worry and these feelings can be heightened when they involve your family. Understanding what to expect and how to prepare for your initial consultation, can make your appointment more productive and less stressful. We’re sharing our guide to help you navigate your first meeting with your family lawyer.

What should I bring when meeting my family lawyer?

To make the most of your first meeting at Seton Family Lawyers, it helps to be prepared. The following items will help your family lawyer understand your situation.

  • Relevant legal paperwork you have, such as previous court orders, marriage certificates, or prenuptial agreements.
  • Financial documentation including a comprehensive list of assets, debts, income, and expenses. This might include bank statements, payslips, recent tax returns, loan statements, superannuation statements and details of any other financial interests or obligations.
  • Write down any questions or concerns you have in advance. This might range from legal strategies, and expected outcomes, to the timeline of your case.
  • Be clear about your objectives. Understanding what you want to achieve helps your lawyer tailor their advice to your specific needs.

 

What if I feel sad or overwhelmed in the meeting?

It’s completely normal to feel sad, anxious, nervous, or even overwhelmed before you meet with your lawyer. Remember, we’re here to support and guide you through this challenging time with professional advice and compassion. It’s okay to take a moment if you need it. Your lawyer understands the emotional weight of family law matters and will provide you with the space and respect you deserve.

It’s also common to feel a range of emotions, from relief to heightened anxiety, after discussing your case in detail. Give yourself time to process the information and consider planning something positive for yourself after the appointment, like a walk in a nearby park or a coffee at your favourite café. This can help shift your mind to a more peaceful state.

We are located nearby to a number of places to grab a coffee or snack, including Ollie & Co., and Fountain Plaza.

Can I bring a support person to my meeting with my family lawyer?

Yes, you can bring a support person with you to the meeting. It’s important to note that they may influence what you say or present to your lawyer, so ensure it is someone you trust and feel comfortable sharing information with. It is best not to bring your children; the discussions often involve sensitive topics that are not suitable for children, and you obviously do not want to put them in the middle of the dispute or unnecessarily expose them to adult concepts that are very big and overwhelming for little minds (even sitting in the corner with an iPad, you’d be surprised how much they absorb). If childcare is a concern, consider arranging for someone to watch your children ahead of time, or arrange your appointment for when they are at school or in care.

How do I find Seton Family Lawyers?

Seton Family Lawyers are located in the heart of Erina, easily accessible for those in the Central Coast and Sydney regions.

Address: We are located at Suite 9, 168 The Entrance Rd, Erina NSW 2250, in the same building as Services NSW, on the upper level. You can access our office via the stairs, or accessible lift.

Public transport: Erina is well-serviced by public transport, with routes and timetables available online via the Transport NSW Trip Planner.

Parking: There is parking available in the car park near our building.

Looking for a Central Coast family lawyer?

Your first meeting with a family lawyer is a significant step toward resolving your legal matter.  Seton Family Lawyers are experienced and accredited family law specialists. We’re here to support and guide you through this challenging time with professional advice and compassionate service. Contact us today to book an appointment. Our Central Coast family law specialists can help you secure your financial future and achieve the best outcome for you and your family.

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Don’t wait to get the professional support that you need to protect yourself and your family.

Where to find us

Suite 9, 168 The Entrance Rd,
Erina NSW 2250