Family legal matters are like no other, because the personal impact is so significant. It can be difficult to navigate the maze of legal and financial issues when emotions are so raw.
That is when it pays to have someone with knowledge and experience to guide you – rationally and thoughtfully – through the legal process and the options available to you.
At Cleaves Family Law, we educate and guide you through a legal process you have likely never experienced before. We work hard to understand your individual needs, then work together with you to develop a plan of action that helps meet your goals.
We help you and your family transition to the next chapter of your lives.
Do you do initial consultations by telephone?
We typically do not conduct initial consultations over the phone. Retaining an attorney is an important decision for you, and a personal meeting is a critical part of the process in helping you determine that our firm (or any firm) is the right fit for you.
Why do you charge for initial consultations?
Some attorneys provide free initial consultations. But those meetings are typically 30 minutes or less. That is simply not enough time for you and the attorney to determine whether you are a good fit for one another. We want to take the time to truly understand your needs. And you should have the time to decide whether we are a good fit for you too!
How much are your fees?
Every case is different. For example, the total cost of a divorce depends on the complexity of the case, the process you choose, and your willingness to reach agreements. However, instead of large up-front retainers, we use an incremental replenishment system that allows you to pay smaller retainer amounts over time.
Are my conversations with you and your staff confidential?
As a client, or even potential client, your conversations with us are strictly confidential. The attorney-client privilege applies equally to attorneys and staff, so you should feel comfortable sharing information with any employee in our office. Limited exceptions do require us to report suspected cases of child abuse or neglect, elder abuse or neglect, and information to prevent criminal or fraudulent acts, despite the privilege.