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Preparing for Your First Office Conference 

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What You Should Bring to Your First Office Conference

What should I bring with me?
  • All court orders/judgment entries filed in the case that we'll discuss
  • Any motion and affidavit that been filed in court and scheduled for a hearing
Various forms are required by the court depending on the type of case. These forms also vary from court to court depending upon the county in which the case is filed.
Click here for Montgomery County Forms
Click here for Greene County Forms
Click here for Warren County Forms
Click here for All Other Ohio Counties Forms
You may complete those forms and bring them with you. I'll help you with any questions about which you are unsure.

Bringing Friends/Relatives to an Office Conference

Can my best friend or relative join me during our office conference?
Unfortunately no. It is because of the necessity to protect attorney-client confidentiality, the privacy of our communications, and your friend/relative from being subpoenaed and court-ordered to repeat what s/he has heard.
Could I bring a friend or relative if they have information about my case?
You could bring a letter from him/her with his/her full name, address, phone number, best time to call, and e-mail address. I could also speak to him/her after our attorney-client conference.
Could I bring a friend or relative if they help me remember or they speak better than I do?
It is your case and I need to evaluate your ability to testify. If you need to testify, I'll help you prepare to do so.
My family is going to help pay my legal fees and court costs. Are they entitled to attend our conference?
Unfortunately no. You still have rights to confidentiality and privacy. However, if you wish, I'll answer their questions after our conference. I will ask them to co-sign our written fee agreement.  In most cases, Ohio law requires attorney and client to have a written fee agreement.

How Can I Save Both Time and Money?

  • If there is a history or background that you want your attorney to know, you may type up to 5 pages double-spaced and bring them with you.
  • Emotional stress impairs memory therefore list your most important questions on a sheet of paper and take notes during your conference.
  • When your attorney gives you forms, answer all questions legibly.
  • If you're unsure, write "estimate" or "unsure".
  • Focus on events that may be relevant to current issues/disputes and detail who, what, when, where - all from your own personal knowledge.
  • Be very accurate. In the future, your attorney may ask you to testify about these facts.
  • Be clear in your use of pronouns. Who is she/he?
  • If some details are based on what someone told you, name that person and your relationship with him/her. When did he/she tell you and under what circumstances?
  • All people make mistakes. You can't swear to what another said they saw.
  • Avoid guessing what someone was thinking or why he/she did something.
  • Focus on facts but feel free to write your reasons why you did or said a thing.
The fee for the first 1. hour confidential office conference is $150.ºº During that conference, you will receive valuable information & document(s). Your legal rights, options, and future legal fees will be discussed, in privacy. The $ 150. fee may be paid by cash or check at the end of that 1st conference.
What about the ads: "You don't pay unless we win" ?
Contingency fees are common in personal injury and accident cases. In domestic relations, Ohio law prohibits a fee contingent on support or property obtained.