Why do I have to fill out a questionnaire before being interviewed by a prospective attorney? It makes me uncomfortable.
The filling out of a questionnaire in a family law case prior to the initial interview is an important process. The divorce process is very stressful. Oftentime, at the initial interview, the prospective client is nervous, may forget things. If the initial questionnaire is filled out in advance, it's more likely that it'll be complete. Also, many attorneys use that questionnaire to determine if there is a conflict. Perhaps your soon-to-be former spouse consulted with this attorney, that will preclude the attorney from taking your case. The initial consultation questionnaire is an important process. If you feel uncomfortable with a particular question, you don't have to answer it. Perhaps ask the attorney to explain why that answer is important in his or her assessment of your case and make the determination as to answering that particular question at that time.