Give the lawyer a concise written summary of the history of the relationship and the case.
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Bring in a copy of the pension and life insurance policy. A copy of the divorce and any stipulations would be helpful. A written summary of the case would be helpful.
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Prepare your questions three days in advance and look at them every day to see if you want to add something, bring copies of all court papers and tell the attorney what your desired result is. Beware many attorneys will tell you anything you want to here, so always ask one trick question where you feel that relief your seeking is unreasonable to see how the attorney answers.
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It depends on whether you're still shopping around at this point, or pretty much settled on hiring the attorney you're having the consult with. If you're shopping around, then I'd refer you to some of the Legal Guides on my profile page, where I have guides on how to select attorneys & what questions to ask. If you're not shopping around, then make sure to have the complete settlement agreement with you, the divorce judgment & findings of fact. Also be prepared with your income & ex-husband's income info, as well as any support paid.
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Bring copies of your judgment of divorce and any paperwork related to the pension and life insurance. Listen carefully to the questions that the attorney asks and answer only that question without giving a lot of extraneous information.
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