Our office takes a team approach to your case, which begins with your very first phone call. When you contact us, you will first speak with our paralegal, Deborah. She is extremely good at quickly identifying the issues and determining whether we will be able to help you. If we will, then we will schedule you for a free telephone call with one of the lawyers. After that call, if you decide to work with us, we will meet with you for an in-depth paid consultation. This can be either in-person in our office (which includes a very friendly Office Dog named Mr. B.) or through Zoom. This consultation helps us better understand your situation and identify the nuances of your case. It also helps us choose where to focus our efforts.
Although we handle what seem to be many different types of cases, our approach is the same for each one. We identify your goals, present you with your options, and collaborate with you to determine the best way to move forward. More importantly, we will be very clear if your desired approach is unlikely to succeed. It is our philosophy that we will not take hard-earned money from you to pursue a course of action that will not work. That approach only benefits lawyers and does not give you protection or peace of mind.
In a family law situation, we believe that the vast majority of cases should result in an agreement between both parties. It helps minimize financial costs and long-term conflict. However, sometimes litigation is necessary. When that happens, we put substantial effort into gathering enough information so that the judge has what he or she needs to rule in your favor. Part of our role is to determine whether litigation is needed in your case. At all steps of the way, you can expect our entire team to be in communication with you and to be familiar with your case. We follow up with you to make sure we have everything we need and do what we can to work in a way that’s the most manageable for you. Whether it’s handling a divorce, contemplating an estate plan, or preparing for a guardianship, we understand the legal process can be very overwhelming. Whenever possible, we try to break it down into smaller steps to help it not feel so difficult.
Unlike some law firms, we are up front at the beginning about what your costs are likely to be. We believe that giving you realistic estimates up front helps you make financial arrangements and prevents a situation where you have to suddenly stop using our services in the middle of your case.
Our team stays up to date on the laws and procedures as they relate to your case. We don’t assume we automatically know the correct answer. We take regular trainings and coursework in our focus areas so that we know the latest trends. When you work with us, you are working with a team who takes the time to understand the newest procedures.
Your family is the most important thing in your life, and we always keep that in mind when working with you.
Pittsburgh Family Law Services, P.C. provides legal guidance and advocacy to individuals in family law and estate planning matters. To find out how we can help you, please contact us.