If you choose to email us, please carefully read the following:
We know that many people contacting us want (and need) short-and-simple answers to questions about how the law effects their own particular situation and help to relieve fear about what might happen (or has happened) in their own situation, as well as whether there is really any need to hire an attorney to help resolve those issues. Unfortunately, because of our professional ethical requirements (and because we need to make sure that we have enough information to provide well-reasoned and complete advice), we cannot give legal advice about any specific situation to anyone who has not retained us as their legal counsel.
We do this because, although the law sometimes seems “simple,” it is not. Family law is far from “black-and-white” and what might seem like a simple question often contains an amazing patchwork of interlocking questions and issues. We also need to make sure that we don’t have any conflict of interest with various people who ask our advice. We often receive inquiries from people on opposite sides of the same issue and we need to make sure that we aren’t giving advice to both sides; therefore, we try to make sure that we are certain of the identity of the people to whom we give advice.
Also, since we are not now your “retained counsel,” any information you share with us — and any advice that we give — is not protected by any attorney-client privilege and we want to make sure that the advice we give is completely confidential. Accordingly, responses back to you are informational only, do not contain legal advice, and do not create an attorney-client relationship.