Domestic Contract Matter Intake Form
Like most other areas of law, lawyer/client communications issues can play a significant role in domestic contract claims. The complexity of the subject matter makes it easy for clients to allege there were communication problems or errors. They will say that provisions were not explained to them, that they didn’t understand them or that they created unexpected or unintended consequences. Sometimes there is a real communications mistake and a legitimate claim due to an incomplete or improperly drafted domestic contract or other mistake by the lawyer.
Use this form during the first client interview to help you gather the appropriate information. This form systematically walks you through all the information you need to gather to prepare a domestic contract. Remember, all intake interviews should be conducted in person.
This Form is from LAWPRO’s Domestic Contract Matter Toolkit. It provides advice, forms and checklists that lawyers and law firms can use to lessen the risk of a claim. You can also download individual documents from the Toolkit:
- Domestic Contract Matter Intake Checklist: This checklist lists the steps and issues that need to be considered at the intake stage.
- Post-Meeting Client Assignment Sheet: This sheet gives the client a list of the information that they will need to collect after the initial meeting.
- Domestic Contract Review & Signing Checklist: This checklist lists the steps and issues that need to be considered when a client comes in to review and sign a domestic contract.
- Children of Marriage form:This form will help you collect the required information on the children of the marriage.