The Court may set the case for Case Management in short order. This is a hearing before the Court for the attorneys to tell the Court where the case is proceeding and how long they think it will take to prepare it for trial. Your attendance is not normally mandatory but as always you are welcome to attend any hearing on your case and if the Judge requires your attendance we will notify you. Once the matter has been heard at Case Management and if you have previously mediated and reached impasse, it will be set for pre-trial at which time the attorneys will appear before the Court and set the time and date for hearing with the Court’s assistance. It will be necessary that we provide a list of all witnesses and identify all documents which we intend to use at trial. Your help is instrumental in this process and I ask that you identify all witnesses whom you believe would assist with the trial and all documents which you believe would be beneficial to the Court at trial to prove our case.
I cannot identify all the documents that would assist with your particular case but these would include bank statements, photos, purchase agreements, receipts, checks, letters and other documents to help the Court determine if the property or debt is marital or non-marital or to otherwise prove your needs and entitlements.You will be billed according to our written agreement on a monthly basis. The statute provides that the party with the greater ability to pay is responsible for the fees and costs, but the Courts have traditionally required payment of fees and costs according to each party’s ability based upon the assets and income of each after conclusion of the case.
I prefer that you place all requests or questions in writing so that I may answer them in writing. Please understand that my secretary, Marge, has been with me for 32 years and is integral to my business. I ask that you treat her with the respect and courtesy that she deserves. She is not the attorney on your case and she is only authorized to give out scheduling information or information to the client that is contained in the file. Confidential information will not be given over the telephone as she cannot be assured she is speaking with the client and I ask that you seek such information only from me. If it is scheduling of appointments or checking on upcoming hearings or the like, I ask that you ask Marge for this information in order that I do not have to charge you for the telephone call on a matter that she is well qualified to respond to. Other matters which she is not qualified to answer will be turned over to me by her. Leaving detailed messages with her will facilitate our return of your call.
We look forward to dealing with you in this very stressful time of your life and hope that you will help us improve the practice should you see any area in which we may improve. Working together we will get the best results and benefits for you.