Talking to lawyers is expensive. While some attorneys offer an initial consult for free (mind you, we would never advise choosing a lawyer based on this criteria), it is still important to come to the table as focused and prepared as you can be. In this session, we’ll be talking with one of NY’s top lawyers about what that means. What documents or information should you bring or have at the ready? What are the best questions to ask in order to find out if they’d be a good fit for your situation and eventually, your case? What should you listen for and what should you expect to learn or discover in this initial meeting? What are some red flags to watch out for?
Bar associations don’t track how many divorce clients change lawyers midway through their divorce process, but almost anyone who works in the field of divorce would agree that the numbers are much too high. If halfway through negotiations, you decide you’ve hired the wrong lawyer and need to find a new one, you’ll have wasted precious time and likely an enormous sum of money.
Jenifer Foley is a seasoned litigator and trained mediator with the NY family law firm, Alter, Wolff, Foley & Stutman. She wishes more clients went into their first lawyer consult with more knowledge under their belt about how to evaluate what they hear and use it to make the right hire. Her experience has made her passionate about helping new divorce clients become smart divorce clients.
Wednesday, January 31st
12-1 PM ET
Jenifer Foley is a partner and co-founder of the NY law firm Alter, Wolff, Foley & Stutman, LLP. An experienced litigation attorney, she is also a trained mediator and the co-president of the New York Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC-NY). She is a frequent speaker on family law topics in her role as former Chair of the Matrimonial Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association and other professional organizations.
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