Issues related to family law, such as divorce and division of property,
can be overwhelming to face alone. W. Douglas McKeague, an
Orange County family law lawyer, helps with this burden by inviting you to a free initial consultation.
Learn below what this consultation involves and what you can expect as
a potential client. Then give Doug a call to schedule a time to meet.
About the Consultation
Free initial consultations take place at Doug McKeague’s office,
a welcoming space meant to help you get to know Doug and how he works
on your behalf. The atmosphere of the office represents what Doug brings
to your situation: a calming, secure presence. The office is conveniently
located in Santa Ana, California.
Goals for the Meeting
In this first discussion, Doug does a lot of listening. Every client faces
a unique situation, and so he will work with you to identify what your
needs are and what your wants are. These two categories do not always
overlap; as an experienced Orange County family law lawyer, Doug will
help you ensure that you are taking the right steps to protect yourself.
Doug will also work with you to set realistic expectations for the dissolution
of marriage process. This means looking at your goals and identifying
what you can achieve through a collaborative settlement or, if necessary,
After you have laid this groundwork together, Doug will help you tailor
a strategy to pursue these goals.
He works with each client differently, but in general, his aim is to:
- Motivate both parties to reach a settlement. Compromise gives you greater
control over the outcome of your divorce than a trial may.
- Avoid court time and unnecessary fees. These issues come up most when one
or both parties are not motivated or realistic about the settlement of
their divorce. Doug can help you enter settlement talks knowing the most
effective approach to take.
- Avoid big surprises. Doug practices only in one area of law. After almost
30 years as an Orange County divorce lawyer, he is able to roadmap for
clients where he thinks cases will go, how to prepare for alternatives,
and what risks they face.
If you decide to retain Doug McKeague as your attorney following your initial
conversation, he will establish a series of follow-up steps with you.
Typically, this includes:
- Identifying your assets, debts, income, and expenses. Much of this research
can be handled by the client without incurring billable hours.
- Preparing your files for preliminary disclosure to the other party.
- Scheduling the appropriate conferences, hearings, discovery, and settlement
or trial dates.