Solicitors frequently offer free consultations – either by phone or in person. For individuals confronting family law issues, including separation and divorce these appointments offer real benefits. If you are looking for a family or divorce lawyer a free consultation could be the first step towards finding a solicitor you can trust and rely upon.

Here are six benefits of free consultations:

1. They are free so there’s absolutely no risk on your part. Added to that there is no obligation to instruct the law firm offering the appointment.

2. Meetings like these help build rapport with a potential legal advisor. Going to a solicitor at any time is a big step. When you are facing divorce it can be extremely stressful. A good divorce lawyer should immediately put you at your ease so that you feel comfortable asking and responding to questions. Sometimes there may simply not be any empathy between you and the solicitor and you wouldn’t be able to imagine working with him or her on a more long-term basis. But at least you will have found this out before making any commitment.

3. They give you the chance to form an impression of the lawyer. Are they impressive? Do they appear to have the expertise you are looking for? Ask yourself if the solicitor you meet is the type of person you would want on your side at a critical time.

4. Although time-limited, you can achieve a lot in a free consultation. If you prepare thoroughly you can come away with helpful advice. Be ready to ask about the things that really matter. Will you have to go to court? How much will it cost? What are the chances that you will have to move home? If you do this you can come away from the appointment with a degree of clarity about:

  • key issues
  • a broad sense of what you are entitled to in a settlement
  • ideas about next steps
  • thoughts on the kind of conversations you should be having with your husband or wife
  • an understanding of the divorce procedure, including the possibility of mediation

5. You’ll find out how much your divorce is likely to cost. A good solicitor should be up front and transparent about his or her charges and be happy to discuss them at an initial consultation

6. Perhaps most importantly a free divorce consultation helps you focus your mind. You may have been thinking about the possibility of a divorce for some time. Actually consulting a solicitor will help you concentrate on the issues and appreciate the implications of what is a life-changing decision

Free consultations are usually limited to about an hour. So you won’t get into the fine detail of your case. But they do offer a real opportunity to assess the solicitor you are thinking of employing and to clarify any major concerns you have about the divorce process.

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Aug 2022   H. J.

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Jun 2022   Michael P

I have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending Henry Brookman. His advice came in promptly when solicited, and was excellent. He is a thoughtful and very professional lawyer. He understood perfectly well the issue I presented him with, and gave me excellent advice in a family law related matter.

May 2022   Philip Hands

From my first contact with the firm I was treated courteously and promptly. I was offered a pro bono meeting shortly after making contact. Mr Brookman is clearly a very experienced professional and in our meeting he gave me some well considered and objective advice about my rather complicated situation which spans more than one jurisdiction.

May 2022   Julian Peachey

I had an initial consultation with Henry Brookman regarding prenuptial agreements and found him to be very helpful and knowledgeable.

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I had a free telephone consultation yesterday with Gavin Yeung. He could not have been more helpful and reassuring as he calmly and patiently worked through my situation to provide me with clarity and piece of mind at a time it was really needed and emotions are running high.

Mar 2022   'K M'

I spoke with Aziz at Brookman Solicitors on the phone for an initial consultation and he is one of the friendliest lawyers I have met. He is clearly very experienced as he patiently explained me all the concepts and processes which are quite daunting for someone in my situation, and then focused on the actual questions I wanted to ask... I would highly recommend Aziz and Brookman Solicitors.

Feb 2022   'R'

I am grateful for Henry Brookman and his team for support they provided to me during very frustrating time of divorce. They respond promptly to any request. I felt more confident after I started the process with them. Henry listened carefully to me and took quick actions on my case. I highly recommend this team of real professionals even for non-UK citizens.

Feb 2022   Sezim Beksultanova

I had online consultation with the partner Henry Brookman today. I was very happy with the service. I found him to be very insightful, knowledgeable and provided sound advice, as well as being kind and patient. It was a very comfortable discussion and he sent an email detailing our discussion very quickly discussing in our meeting in depth. I am amazed by the service we got just from a free consultation. I would highly recommend these solicitors!

Jan 2022   Shirley Christopher

We spoke at length and at no point felt like he was rushing us and we felt very comfortable. After our discussion we were also quickly sent an email detailing everything we were discussing in our meeting in depth. I am amazed by the service we got just from a free consultation. I would highly recommend these solicitors!

Dec 2021   Tina

I was fortunate to spend an hour running through a few questions with Natasha Slabas. She was quick to grasp the points raised and proposed a sensible way forward. Would recommend

Dec 2021   Nick Powell

I cannot praise the professionalism and courtesy too highly. The advice given in a very complex divorce matter, was clear, concise, enlightening and inspiring.

Nov 2021   Mary Barn

I contacted Henry Brookman because of the complex international aspect of my divorce and I’m very glad I did... Henry took his time explaining all the pro’s and contra’s... I now have a much clearer view over the situation and feel more confident going forward. I’m very grateful for the excellent advice I’ve received and not feeling rushed during the meeting.

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