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How to Conduct a Comprehensive Client Consultation & Intake for Your Family Law Client

(938 reviews)

Produced on March 01, 2018

$ 89 Family & Matrimonial In Stock

Course Information

Time 1h 30m
Difficulty Intermediate
Topics covered in this course: Family & Matrimonial

Course Description

This fun and interactive course will go through what questions to ask, what answers to give, and how to issue spot and strategize with a prospective client through a mock client consultation. A client consultation is an attorney’s chance to set him or herself apart from other attorneys to not only win the client, but also gathering the information an attorney needs to strategize and effectively represent the individual. Family Law issues are often emotionally charged and this course will address issues related to divorce, custody, child, support, spousal support, equitable distribution, as well as the practical advice and candor required when representing parties in these sensitive areas.  

This course, presented by family law practitioner Alissa Van Horn, is designed to provide you with the skills to land the client, spot the issues, formulate a strategy with the client and allay many of the client’s fears and concerns from an emotional and practical standpoint by providing you with a front row seat in a client consultation.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss how to offer a complete and comprehensive consultation
  2. Discern the correct questions to ask in order to gather necessary information while simultaneously redirecting the potential client’s emotions, and still remaining sensitive to the person’s needs and fragile emotional state
  3. Gain an overview of all of the potential issues involved in these sensitive matters
  4. Develop strategies to successfully handle the emotional side of the client, while keeping him or her focused on the legal issues at hand


Alissa Van Horn

Van Horn & Friedman, P.C.

Alissa L. Van Horn is the managing partner of Van Horn & Friedman, PC, a family law firm serving the New York City and Long Island, with its primary office located in Westbury, New York. Alissa L. Van Horn has extensive experience with cases involving divorce, adoption, custody, child support, orders of protection, foster care litigation, name changes, prenuptial, postnuptial and separation agreements. Alissa L. Van Horn concentrates her practice in the New York City Metropolitan Area, including Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Prior to founding Van Horn & Friedman, P.C. with Meredith Friedman, Esq., Alissa and Meredith, began their careers in New York at a small general practice law firm in Queens, wherein their practices focused on representing clients in divorce and family law matters, as well as criminal and civil litigation. Thereafter, Alissa joined a boutique Manhattan family law firm as an associate, where she handled all facets of foster care litigation and adoption law. In 2010, Alissa founded the Law Office of Alissa L. Van Horn, P.C., where she honed her research, writing, litigation and negotiation skills to provide the best possible outcomes for all of her clients.

In 2017, Alissa received Alissa received the Long Island Power Women in Business Award and the Long Island Business News Leadership in Law Award and has been selected as an honoree at the Long Island Business News 40 Under 40 Awards in 2018. Alissa is also a 3-time recipient of the Rising Star Award and the Top Female Attorneys Award for NYC Metro by Super Lawyers Magazine. Alissa received the “10 Best” Award by the American Institute for Family Law Attorneys in 2016 and 2017, the Top 10 Under 40 Award by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys, the Top 100 Attorneys Award and the Top 40 under 40 Award for NYC by the National Advocates in the area of Divorce and Family Law, the Outstanding Women in the Law Award for 2016 by Hofstra Law School’s Center for Children and Families, and was featured by LI Pulse Magazine as a Top Legal Eagle in March 2017.

Van Horn & Friedman, P.C. was selected as a Top 10 Law Firm in New York in the area of Family Law 2 years in a row. 

Meredith Friedman

Van Horn & Friedman

Meredith Friedman, Esq., a founding partner of Van Horn & Friedman, P.C., provides dedicated legal representation to clients living in New York City, Nassau and Suffolk Counties. She focuses her practice on family law, handling cases that involve high-asset divorce, child custody, child support, and visitation.

After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor of Science in business consumer affairs, Meredith went on to attend Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center. From there she received a Juris Doctor degree.

Divorce and its related legal matters can be among the most difficult times in a family’s life. Meredith understands the unique challenges that these events can create. She also knows that a divorce may not be the end of the relationship for many families. For that reason, Meredith strives to help her clients achieve amicable solutions to their legal issues. While it is generally her goal to obtain harmonious resolutions, Meredith aggressively advocates on behalf of her clients when the other side is uncooperative. She values clear communication with her clients about their goals and how the legal process works, and helps them to address their short and long-term needs.

 Beyond her work in the courtroom, Meredith is also active in the legal community. She is a member of a number of professional organizations, including the Nassau County Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association. Meredith is admitted to practice law in the states of New York and New Jersey, as well as before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York.

Meredith received the Rising Star Award from Super Lawyers Magazine in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. She received the Outstanding Women in Law Award by Hofstra University in 2016, and was named in the Top 10 under 40 by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys in 2016 and 2017, and the 10 Best Family Law Attorney Award for New York by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys in 2016 and 2017. Meredith was also featured in Long Island Pulse Magazine in 2017 as a Top Legal Eagle, and was named to the Top Women Attorneys List by Super Lawyers Magazine for the New York Metropolitan Area in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Van Horn & Friedman, P.C., was selected as the Top 10 Law Firm by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys in 2016 and 2017.

Meredith volunteers her time in the community by participating in free legal seminars with other professionals to assist in educating individuals involved in family and matrimonial matters, and is a member of various online groups to further assist individuals in need

Both Alissa and Meredith are proud members of Pinktie1000, and supporters of, Networking for a Cause.


Matthew L.

Very clear and informative mock consultation.

Mark K.

Excellent program. Thank you.

Rosa L.

The mock interview suited the area of law and made the course more interesting and practical.

Soraya H.

I think this was an excellent course. I hope these presenters have some followup courses.

Roberta K.

Excellent presentation


Very informative and interesting. Enjoyed the mock interview.

Ferdinand G. Suba F.

Excellent presentation and learned a lot from the speakers.

Timothy C.

Great job doing the client consultation.

Rhonda D.

Very informative and interesting.

William N.

Very well presented

Courtney M.

The role play made this the most engaging CLE I have ever attended. Thank you!

Igor D.

Very informative and well-delivered course. Thank you.

Douglas B.

Outstanding - the mock format was highly engaging and informative.

Joy P.

Absolutely excellent. I liked the simulated client intake made the program engaging and easy to understand.

Michael R.

This was the most helpful one I've done yet.

Thomas F.


Danice K.

Very interesting format and style to the course. I learned a great deal.

Alan S.

Excellent program. Interesting and informative. Liked very much the role-playing aspects as that aspect helped maintain my interest and also provided real-world information. .

Kevin F.


J. Donald H.

Family Law and Divorce work is not my area however the reenactment was interesting and informative.

Phoebe F.

The best one

Hirobumi A.


Robert S.

I specialize in matrimonial law. The presenters were excellent. The program covered all essentials of matrimonial intake and mentioned forms to be filed with the court.

Peter A.

Simulated Atty-client approach was excellent. All CLEs should use this method. Much more interesting than the standard, boring lecture.

Christopher B.

Well done mock interview. This did not come off as contrived as this sort of thing can often do. Helpful information.

John F.

Excellent Presentation!

Kerith S.

Great job. Held my attention. interesting way to do the course. Really liked it

Melanie S.

great format

Iris G.

Very enjoyable format.

Carol C.

really well done!

Matt M.

I found the approach to this seminar very instructive and helpful. One of the best ever presented!!

Ronald M.


Jennifer S.

The format of this CLE made it extremely interesting - one of the best i have listened to!!

Heather S.

I liked the back and forth.

Jennifer L.

Excellent format, so informative, very knowledgeable attorneys, easy way to learn this area of the law . . . wish all CLE course were this good . . . great acting!!

Benjamin P.

Great practical information for lawyers in family law practice area. Best CLE I have attended on LawLine yet!

Paola T.

Very interactive.

Chartrisse A.

very informative

Martha L V.

I liked the CLE format of listening in on an intake meeting with a client. Very informative and loved getting sample materials. More CLEs should have sample documents! Great speakers!

Tanya C.

Really enjoyed the presentation

Jason S.


Victoria S R.

Really enjoyed the real-life format!

Malcolm D.

I REALLY liked the format. Question and answer to a potential client. Learned a lot and will definitely watch this again.

Fei-Lu Q.

Excellent mock interview.

Elizabeth S.

Very informative; great role playing presentation that switched up typical CLE formats

David R.

Mock setting was a great tool for this topic.

ken r.

refreshing format. I was concerned with the "role-play" scenario but it was well done and interesting.

Ashley Renee E.

Great course

Mattie A.


Tom D.

Very helpful and engaging!

Pauletta C.

Interesting, involving and practical presentation. Very thorough and helpful.

Vera M.

This was the best CLE yet!

Gavino M.

Very interesting format. Great concept.

Colleen C.

Very interesting presentation, in which student is a fly on the wall during a client intake.

Lisa P.

It held my attention! Really enjoyed the mock interview.

Kathleen C.

Liked the interview format

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