We offer a free thirty minute consultation, either via phone or in person.
What should I bring to my initial consultation?
You should bring all of your court paperwork, including pleadings or court orders. You should also bring any paperwork which you think is important to your case. For example, if your case involves divorce, you should bring any financial information you have, such as bank statements, income tax returns, and any records of assets or debts.
What will happen at my initial consultation?
You will meet with the attorney to talk about what is happening in your life, whether it be any issues relating to divorce, custody, adoption or one of our other areas of practice. We will ask you questions to get a better feel for the situation at hand and discuss your options.
How long will my initial consultation take?
Initial consultations usually last 30, but can last longer depending on the complexity of your case.
Is the information I give you confidential?
All information you give us is confidential, and we will not reveal confidential information without your consent.
Why do I need to be alone when I meet with the attorney?
Any attorney meeting which includes a third person is not confidential. This means that your opposing party will have access to what was said and done at this meeting.
Will my spouse know I have met with an attorney?
Your spouse will not know that you have been to our office, unless you reveal this information either directly or indirectly. The information will not be revealed by us until and unless you retain us and you decide, with your attorney, to move forward with your case.
Will you be able to tell me how long my case will last or what will happen?
Even after we meet with you, there is no way to predict the length of the case. The length of the case depends on a variety of factors: your ability to communicate and settle with your opposing party, the availability of the judge assigned to your case, and the complexity of your case. You can read more in depth about this issue on our blog at: https://greensinklaw.wordpress.com/2013/03/20/how-long-does-a-divorce-take/.
Will my case go to trial?
We go to Court for temporary hearings and other motion hearings in many of our cases. However, the vast majority of our cases are resolved without trial, either through mediation or other settlement negotiations.
What if my spouse and I have reached an agreement but neither of us has an attorney?
You can retain us to review the terms of your settlement and we will let you know if there are more effective ways to accomplish some of your and your spouse’s goals. You can also retain us to put your agreement into writing, and you can then take the written agreement to your spouse for further review.
If we have an agreement, will my spouse need to hire a separate attorney?
While it is not necessary, it is often a good idea for your spouse to have the agreement reviewed by a separate attorney.
Will we have to go to Court if we have an agreement?
Yes, at least one of you will need to appear in court, typically the person who is the “Petitioner.” The Petitioner is the person who has filed the case. Your attorney will draft the agreement, along with other required documents, file your case and a simple hearing will be heard in front of the Court. The Court will ask specific questions about the agreement, specifically as to its fairness and then it will likely be entered that day.
Can I get alimony/maintenance? Can I avoid paying alimony/maintenance?
Although changes to the law have provided specific guidance on whether a person can receive maintenance (formerly known as “alimony”) or avoid paying maintenance, our advice depends on the specific facts in your case.
When does Greenberg & Sinkovits, LLC, become my attorney?
Greenberg & Sinkovits, LLC does not become your attorney until and unless you sign a retainer agreement and pay your complete retainer fee. You are under no obligation after your initial consultation, nor is Greenberg & Sinkovits, LLC, under any obligation to you. (We will not, however, meet with or talk to your opposing party.)
77 West Washington Street
Chicago, Illinois 60602