Beginning the Process
Beginning the search for a family lawyer in Charlotte, NC can be one of the most daunting tasks facing people who are dealing with a family law issue. We encourage you to look through our website to help learn about the issues or potential issues that may apply to your situation. We also encourage you to connect with us online—a link to our firm page on Facebook and individual links to Twitter and LinkedIn are located on each of our attorneys biographical pages—to learn about our firm and family lawyers in Charlotte. Our Attorney Profile Pages can also help you select which family attorney you would feel most comfortable working with on your case.
Don’t be nervous—we have met with hundreds of clients over the years facing situations similar to yours. As the old saying goes, “We’ve heard it all.” We hope that you will feel comfortable discussing your life and your family with us. We don’t offer judgment—just support and legal advice.
The consultation is a private, confidential meeting. We are not permitted to reveal what is discussed during the consultation or to even confirm that our firm met with you.
Scheduling a Consultation
To schedule a consultation with one of our family attorneys in Charlotte, you can contact us by telephone, email, or through our website. We will ask for basic contact information about yourself and your opposing party. This information is used solely for compliance with the North Carolina Rules of Ethics to ensure that we are permitted to meet with you. We cannot disclose your information to any third party.
You can select any of our family attorneys here at Miller Bowles to meet for your consultation. Our family attorneys in Charlotte have varying levels of experience, and hourly rates that are competitive with other Charlotte area family law firms.
We schedule consultations from Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 5:00pm but can accommodate almost any schedule. Once your consultation is scheduled, you will receive an email providing you with information about the attorney you will be meeting with, as well as directions to our office and the free parking located on East Boulevard and behind our office in the private lot.
The private consultation time takes place at our Charlotte office and typically lasts between 1 and 2 hours depending on the legal issues that need to be addressed to your particular situation.
During your consultation, you will have the opportunity to give a history of your situation. Our family attorneys in Charlotte will explain the laws of North Carolina that apply to your personal situation, whether it is divorce, child custody, alimony, adoption, or all of the above. We will not waste your time or money addressing issues that do not apply to your situation.
Your consultation will generally include the following:
- Gathering information about you and your family;
- Learning about your goals for your case;
- Discussing the likelihood of accomplishing your goals;
- Educating you about the laws that apply to your personal situation;
- Identifying potential issues that may arise throughout the duration of your case;
- Identifying potential strengths and advantages that exist;
- Providing you with our legal opinion as to the best course of action to accomplish your goals
- Providing you with a quote for legal services based upon the nature and complexity of your case.
Our goal is that you will leave the consultation feeling educated about the law and legal process as it applies to your situation, and with an understanding of your options for protecting your legal rights. You will be provided with the attorney’s notes taken during the consultation that help explain the laws and how they apply to your situation.
The consultation is charged based on the current hourly rates of the attorney with whom you meet. Our attorneys have hourly rates between $225.00 and $300.00 per hour. You are charged only for time spent with the attorney and the consultation fee is paid at the conclusion of the meeting. We accept cash, check and credit/debit card(MasterCard, Visa, and American Express) with a 3% administrative fee to be paid separately in cash or check.
After the Consultation
Your consultation is just that, a consultation. There is no obligation to move forward with our firm or any of the recommendations made by the attorney. We will email you a Fee Agreement that will create the attorney-client relationship when it is executed by both you and your attorney. We will not contact you afterwards unless you ask us to do so.
Once you hire Miller Bowles Law, our family attorneys in Charlotte will discuss our plan of action with you, and take the necessary steps to protect your legal interests. We will create a plan for moving forward with your case that balances your goals and our professional advice.
As always, we welcome any questions you may have, and look forward to meeting you soon.