When someone calls our office for the first time, they may not know all of their options or rights. If there is a chance to save a marriage or relationship, we can offer referrals to professionals who may be able to help salvage it. Family law services are the “last resort.” However, once legal action has been decided upon, or initiated by another party, we begin a supportive, solution-driven partnership with our clients.
We ask potential new clients to gather relevant information so that we can assess their case at a very basic level and arrange the Initial Consultation with the attorney whose experience and skills best match that client’s needs.
Here we address clients’ questions and go through the law as it applies to their unique circumstances.
If the other side has already commenced legal action, we begin with imminently upcoming events first, such as a Mediation Appointment or Court Hearing, and then outline other action items for the rest of the case.
If financial issues are raised, we review the previous year’s tax return and current pay stub or the most-current Profit and Loss Statement for their business, as applicable.
If there are child-focused concerns then any emails, texts, photographs, notices from school, or other documents should be brought in for review and discussion.
The attorney would also discuss the likelihood for the need for experts to be brought into the case, as well as what resources the client should be compiling to make sure they get the best result possible.
Advancing the Case
Our firm’s team approach ensures that the partner, associate, paralegal and even the file clerk are all aware of what is going on in each client’s file. Case work is delegated based upon its complexity, the strengths of the team members, and the best interest of the client. Continuity, communication and client communication are top priorities, and are all enhanced by this approach. Most clients are assigned to the attorney to whom they were originally referred; however, our ultimate aim is to obtain the best outcome by creating the ideal match of expertise with needs.
Collaborating with Experts
Over the years HSLG has worked with practically every expert witness for a Family Law matter. Our case planning starts with an analysis of what we need to bring to the court to be able to achieve the best result, which sometimes requires expert testimony. That means that we engage the services of an expert – be it a forensic accountant, vocational examiner, real estate appraiser, or mental health professional – early in the case. We also look to see whether our clients need other forms of legal services, such as estate planning or business law specialists. Utilizing experts and attorneys with expertise in other fields ensures that our clients are aware of the strengths and weaknesses of their case, and how to best approach settlement. Our firm philosophy is “Settle what you can, litigate what you must.”
Sensitivity to Special Concerns
Recognizing that divorce or other family law situations can be highly emotional, we have cultivated relationships with key local resources to offer assistance. Whether clients need referrals for child counseling, housing challenges, or other forms of protection or support, we can help. For example, our long-standing ties to the Domestic Violence community through Laura’s House and Human Options gives us a unique ability to make sure that victims of Domestic Violence are treated respectfully, and that those wrongly accused are defended appropriately.
Careful Allocation of Resources Creates Cost Efficiency
By leveraging our associates and our experienced paralegals, we provide tailored, effective services in the most cost-effective manner. It is sometimes more cost-effective for the case to be managed by an associate under the supervision of a partner or senior attorney. Clients then benefit from getting their needs address at the lower hourly rate of the associate. The depth of our team’s knowledge and our focus on serving clients’ specific needs and priorities drives our practice.
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