What to Expect

Resolving your difficult Family Law matters through WhitsonLaw, PLLC.

Step 1: Initial Contact

When you get in touch with us, a member of our team will greet you and ask some questions to make sure we’re the right firm for you.

If we’re not able to assist with your matter (due to case location, case type, or for any other reason), we’ll do our best to provide trusted attorney referrals or recommendations for additional services.

If we can assist you with your family law matter, we’ll gather a few basic details before informing you of your next steps, which typically includes booking your first consultation.

The Initial Consultation costs $350. We will send you a secure link to pay for your consultation, as well as a Rights & Responsibilities form to complete before scheduling your phone appointment with our Client Support Specialist, as well as your meeting (virtual or in person) with an attorney.

Step 2: Your Phone Appointment with our Client Support Specialist

You’ll connect with our Client Support Specialist over the phone, who will gather the basic details of your case, and ask you about your goals for your legal matter, and life after your case is resolved. This meeting can last up to an hour and is a significant step in getting to know you and ensures you can focus your time with an attorney on figuring out the best path forward.

The Client Support Specialist will relay this information to an attorney ahead of your consultation so the two of you can focus on legal questions during your appointment instead of rehashing basic background questions.

You will meet with the attorney for 60 minutes to identify your goals and strategize about ways to get there — and how working with WhitsonLaw, PLLC. will enable you to resolve your matter.

Step 3: Retaining WhitsonLaw, PLLC.

 Ready to move forward with your matter? At this point, our Client Support Specialist will work with you to:

Sign a retainer agreement specific to your matter.

Pay your initial deposit, the price of which will be dependent on your matter and legal goals.

Once you’ve completed the retainer agreement and paid your retainer, our Client Support Specialist will connect you with your legal team.

Step 4: Your Representation

While what happens throughout the course of your legal journey can vary widely based on your case, goals, and circumstances, here’s what typically transpires in many matters we handle:

In most (but not all) cases, the first step is discussing your matter during our Production Meeting, and an attorney and paralegal will be assigned to your matter. They will determine what legal strategy will help you achieve your goals.

For time-sensitive matters, such as protective orders or emergency motions, your legal team will begin work immediately to ensure deadlines are met.

From there, next steps depend largely on your specific matter, but you can expect regular communication from your legal team or our Client Support Specialist updating you on any developments in your case.

Your legal team may also begin communicating with the other party and/or any opposing counsel.

In many cases, your counsel will ask you to begin gathering documents for discovery and may ask you to complete certain documents utilizing Family Law Software.

Your legal team will continue to move your case forward by adhering to any court deadlines, appearing in court with you or on your behalf as needed, and taking any other necessary steps to meet your legal goals.

The timeline of a family law case can vary widely by case type, court status, and other factors that may be out of our control, and there’s no way to know exactly how long your case will take. However, you can expect that through regular communications, your legal team will keep you apprised of any updates and provide guidance on your options at any given time.

Our attorneys collaborate on every matter within the firm. While you will have an assigned legal team, you will benefit from the combined knowledge and experience of all our lawyers.

At any time during your case, our Client Support Specialists are available to assist you in non-billable matters, such as connecting you with services to help keep your life moving during your matter or answering questions about your bill.

Step 5: Conclusion of Your Matter

Most cases end either through settlement or by going to trial.

Once the court recognizes that your matter has concluded by issuing final judgment or entering a consent order, we will conduct a review of your file to ensure there are no outstanding items to complete. At this stage, we’ll also ask whether you’re ready to close your case with WhitsonLaw, PLLC. or if you need further representation.

Once you confirm you’re ready for your case to be closed, our Client Support Specialist will begin initiating formal closure procedures including issuing the final invoice for your review, drafting an administrative closing letter, and returning any original documents, if applicable. On average, closure procedures take about two weeks.

We keep your file electronically for five years, in compliance with attorney regulations.

We celebrate your new beginning!

Step 6: Your New Beginning and Beyond

After your matter has concluded and we part ways, WhitsonLaw, PLLC. will keep in touch with you and remain available — whether you have further legal needs or want referrals for other services.