At the first meeting with your lawyer, you should be prepared to give a general overview of your current situation including, but not limited to, current living arrangements, your overall financial picture, status regarding any children, a list of your assets and the owners of same, debt scenario, employment history, whether there are any domestic violence or substance abuse issues, and what both your immediate and future goals are.
The lawyer, of course, will explain his background and experience as well as provide an overview of the divorce process, including the several routes you can choose, whether litigation, mediation, or collaborative divorce. The lawyer will explain the pros and cons of each and also will provide the amount he or she will require as a retainer.
An attorney should have no hesitation in your asking pointed questions and, in fact, it is recommended you have a list of written questions to ask at the meeting.
You certainly would want to ask which lawyer would be in charge of your case from start to finish (at the Law Offices of Philip C. Puglisi, LLC, you get one lawyer throughout the entire matter – him).