Do I need a lawyer when hearing set in a pre-trail conference? 16 Answers as of February 12, 2013

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The Law Offices of Seth D. Schraier
The Law Offices of Seth D. Schraier | Seth D. Schraier
In every divorce case, having a lawyer can be very helpful in both representation and negotiation in court. My recommendation would be to speak to an attorney about your case prior to your conference and see if is in your best interest to hire one.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 2/12/2013
Richard B. Jacobson & Associates, LLC | Richard B. Jacobson
It's not quite clear what you mean. You do not need a lawyer if you are equipped to represent yourself. If you have a lawyer, put his/her services to good use by consulting frequently and giving him or her complete information. Generally it's best to retain a lawyer for a divorce. But if you have determined not to do so, you won't absolutely need him or her at a pre-trial conference.
Answer Applies to: Wisconsin
Replied: 2/11/2013
Henry Lebensbaum | Henry Lebensbaum
It depends on the complexity of your case.
Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
Replied: 2/11/2013
Marion E. Ellington, Jr. Attorney at Law, PC
Marion E. Ellington, Jr. Attorney at Law, PC | Marion E. Ellington, Jr.
Typically a pre trial conference means the case is about to go to trial. If you intend to hire legal help, now is the time to do it.
Answer Applies to: Georgia
Replied: 2/11/2013
Keenan & Austin, P.C.
Keenan & Austin, P.C. | John J. Keenan
You are not required to have a lawyer at a divorce pre-trial conference (unless you are already being represented by an attorney; in which case, yes, he needs to be there). However, if you have any assets to be divided, you really should have a lawyer to safeguard your rights.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 2/11/2013
    Ankerholz and Smith
    Ankerholz and Smith | Rian F. Ankerholz
    The issues that are covered during a Pre-Trial Conference will determine how matters are handled and decided at trial. If a Pre-Trial Conference is not properly conducted, you may lose valuable rights. Contact an experienced family law attorney.
    Answer Applies to: Kansas
    Replied: 2/11/2013
    S. Joseph Schramm | Joseph Schramm
    Pretrial conference is a meeting between the judge and the parties to a suit shortly before the actual trial. Usually, the judge reviews the legal and factual issues of the case with the parties (What's the case all about) as well as the relief the plaintiff is seeking and any counterclaims or set-offs or other defenses the defendant is making. Judges also use the pre -trial conference as an opportunity to try to get the parties to settle the case. If you have been handling your case by yourself (pro se ), it might be difficult to persuade an attorney to become involved at this stage. Much of the discovery has probably occurred through interrogatories , requests for production of documents and depositions of the parties and potential witnesses. A judge might not permit an extension of discovery if an attorney gets involved at this stage and the attorney might feel compromised in what they can do. The appropriate time to determine whether you need an attorney to represent your claim is at the beginning of the suit, not at pre -trial.
    Answer Applies to: Pennsylvania
    Replied: 2/11/2013
    David A. Browde, P.C.
    David A. Browde, P.C. | David Browde
    "Need" - no. But you'd be well advised to have one.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 2/11/2013
    Pingelton Law Firm | Dan Pingelton
    Consult an attorney.
    Answer Applies to: Missouri
    Replied: 2/11/2013
    Diefer Law Group, P.C.
    Diefer Law Group, P.C. | Abel Fernandez
    No. If you are competent to represent yourself, you don't need an attorney.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 2/11/2013
    Kalil & Eisenhut, LLC | Michael N. Kalil
    You are always best off having an attorney in a divorce action. Realize that while some people think their better off just hiring an attorney at the end of the case for a trial, and that they way they save some money. The reality is that you're not likely to save any money as the lawyer still has to bring them self up to speed, and any missteps that the unrepresented client has made are not easily undone. Get a lawyer now.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 2/11/2013
    John Russo | John Russo
    Depends on what type of matter this is criminal or civil, but in any event who is go to conference on your behalf? You, better start hitting the law books.
    Answer Applies to: Rhode Island
    Replied: 2/11/2013
    Fox Law Firm LLC
    Fox Law Firm LLC | Tina Fox
    It's best to have an attorney for a pre-trial conference because the attorney will understand the purpose of the conference and what to speak with the judge about.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 2/11/2013
    Woods, May & Matlock, PC
    Woods, May & Matlock, PC | Robert J. Matlock
    It would be a good idea to hire a lawyer.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 2/11/2013
    Good idea as lots of rules for trial that have to be followed.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 2/11/2013
    Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC
    Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC | John F Brennan
    Most probably yes, call my office or another attorney with details and for an appointment
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 2/11/2013
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