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What are my responsibilities as a client?

As a client, you have the following responsibilities:

  1. Listen to and follow my advice. Use your family and friends for emotional support and not for legal advice. Everyone has divorce stories but no one else know the legal ramifications in your case. Each case is unique and deserves to be treated as such.
  2. Open communication. This means tell me the truth. Period. I need to be prepared to defend all of your actions, particularly in a custody case. It is much better to be proactive, not reactive.
  3. If there are children involved, your goal is to get through this divorce process with as little disruption to you and your children’s lives as possible, and to provide them with stability. To that end, is imperative that you do not use illegal drugs (whether or not your children are with you); if you drink, drink sparingly; and do not date during the divorce process. It is much easier for you and your children in the long run. Doing any of these complicates matters, increases your attorney fees and drags out the process.
  4. Do not expect me to represent both you and your spouse. I am ethically prohibited from doing so.  If you and your spouse have agreed on everything, I may be able to process the paperwork, but I will represent only one of you. If you and your spouse disagree later, I will continue to represent only you.
  5. Pay your bill every month. I cannot continue to represent you if you do not pay your bill pursuant to the fee agreement you signed. For your convenience, credit cards are accepted. No exceptions.
  6. Keep me apprised of all new contact information.