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Three Meeting Rule – family law

Posted on September 22, 2010 by J. Benjamin Stevens

The types of issues that a client needs to discuss with his attorney in Family Court cases can be (and often are) embarrassing. Imagine for a moment what it must be like to have to tell a complete stranger the most intimate details of your married life, to perhaps have to relive a particularly painful incident, or to admit to some extremely embarrassing things that you have done.  Doesn’t sound like much fun, does it?

Yet these types of discussions take place every day in my office and other attorneys’ offices across the country. Some people are forthcoming and disclose these types of facts right away, but most take a little time before feeling comfortable enough with their attorney to do so. Over these many years, I have adopted what I call the “three meeting rule”. I assume that I don’t know anything close to what all I need to know until I have met with a client three times.


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