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75424 Legal and Professional Skills Assessment Preparation Client Interview Family Law
Opening Hi [insert client nqme]. My name is [insert name]. How are you?
I understand you've come for advice about your children. Have you seen a lawyer about this before?
Could I please confirm that you name is [full name of client]. Could you spell that for me please? Could you please confirm your address and phone number?
How many children do you have? Could I please have their names and dates of birth?
Do your children identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander? What about yourself?
What is your ex-partner's name and address?
OK, thanks for those details. So basically I will ask you a few questions and interview you for approximately half an hour so I can get a better understanding of your issue. I will then give some preliminary direction on it and get some thoughts from you on what you want to do. Anything you tell me is strictly confidential and won't be disclosed to anyone without your permission. I will then send you some more detailed advice after the interview, along with a costs agreement, and then we can proceed from there and discuss it further in another conference. This initial consultation is free of charge and obligation free. You will only be charged for work undertaken after the consultation at an hourly rate of $250.00.
Obtaining the story So please tell me about the issue you have with your children. When did you separate?
What are the current contact arrangements for the children?
Is this a formal or informal arrangement?
How long has this been in place?
How would you like this to be instead?
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