Lester Aldridge Life Matters for Lymington: first solicitor meeting

Free first meeting and how to make the most of it!

We appreciate that approaching family law solicitors for advice and assistance in relation to any aspect of your family can be stressful and emotionally charged, regardless of whether you are making enquiries for a positive juncture, such as a prenuptial agreement before a wedding or parental order following surrogacy, or for a less welcome event, such as the breakdown of a relationship.

While every situation is different, our approach aims to minimise unnecessary disputes and to ensure that you achieve the best outcome possible. Our top priority is to offer cost-effective, professional and friendly legal advice no matter what your situation or needs. Our team of family solicitors will work to ensure that we provide you with the best value for money.

We have included a guide below as to what to expect for your initial meeting with your solicitors and top tips to help you get the most out of your meeting.



Meeting with family solicitor from Lester Aldridge

What to expect

  • The purpose of an initial meeting is to have a detailed discussion about your situation. Based on the information provided, we can then advise you of your legal position and discuss your options going forward. We can also answer any questions you might have.
  • If you’re seeking advice about a divorce it is helpful if you bring your original marriage certificate with you. If you do not have the original, do not worry we can arrange to obtain this for you after the meeting.
  • If discussing finances on the breakdown of a relationship then it is helpful to have a summary of your finances and your spouse/partner’s, as far as you know them. If it is possible to send us an overview in advance of the meeting this can save time in the meeting as well.
  • If your matter is complex or has been going on for some time, a chronology can be helpful to bring to the meeting.
  • We are required by law to check who you are, so everyone who meets with us is asked to bring 2 types of identification to the meeting, such as:
    • A photo identity document (e.g. your original passport or photo driving licence)
    • A proof of address document (e.g. a recent utility bill).

If we are meeting in person then we’ll take copies of these to add to our files. If the meeting is by zoom/video call then we will still need you to have your original documents to hand and to send us scans of the documents before the meeting.

  • The meeting usually takes place in our offices in Bournemouth, Southampton or London office. Alternatively, if you would prefer to arrange for the meeting remotely then we can do the meeting by video call/ zoom.
  • At Lester Aldridge, we offer a free initial 30-minute consultation. During this first meeting, you will be provided with a cost estimate for your case to enable you to budget, and will let you know the charge for any subsequent meetings.
  • Sometimes a legal assistant or trainee solicitor might also be present at your meeting. They are bound by the same terms of confidentiality as your solicitor and will respect them in the same way.
  • It can be useful to make a note of any questions you have before the meeting and bring these along to ensure that we can help cover all your concerns.
  • You are more than welcome to bring a family member or friend with you to the meeting if you would like to have them there with you for additional support. If you would like to bring someone with you then let us know in advance so that we can make the correct arrangements.
The family team at Lester Aldridge Solicitors

What can we help with?

As a firm Lester Aldridge can help with all aspects of law. The family team specialises in helping with the following:

  • Divorce
  • Financial settlement on divorce or separation
  • Financial claims for children and child maintenance
  • Financial injunctions
  • Protection against domestic violence and injunctions
  • Prenuptial and post nuptial agreements
  • Living together/cohabitation
  • Children arrangements following divorce or separation (residence and contact)
  • Emergency applications in relation to children such as return following abduction
  • Grandparents’ rights
  • Adoption (internal and international)
  • Fertility including surrogacy and donor conception
Emma Ritchie, Solicitor in the Family Law team at Lester Aldridge

Article by Emma Ritchie, Solicitor at Lester Aldridge


If you would like further information or to arrange a free initial meeting, please contact our specialist Family Solicitors by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling 01202 786153.

Take advantage of a free consultation with Lester Aldridge Family Team 


About Lester Aldridge Solicitors

Lester Aldridge Solicitors are based in London, Southampton and Bournemouth - where the office covering the New Forest is situated conveniently close to the main Bournemouth train station. Their specialist teams in the various fields of law will be happy to advise and assist you, starting with a completely free initial consultation during which you can decide whether you feel able to trust them with your confidential information. Consultations are also available via virtual meetings : advice is available through phone, email, Skype and Zoom.

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Life Matters is a regular monthly feature on Lymington.com, which covers a wide range of legal subjects and is always written by one of the Lester Aldridge team.

You can see a list of all published articles by clicking to the Lester Aldridge Solicitors webpage on Lymington.com here.


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