Whether it’s in our personal, social, or business lives, many of us do not adapt to use new types of technologies or services until the need arises. Often there must be a new issue or problem that arises, or a change in circumstances that forces our hands to try something new, often for the better.
In the case of something like the coronavirus pandemic, businesses of all types quickly began trying video conferencing and online meeting software and services that they had otherwise ignored. This includes attorneys who have started offering virtual attorney consultations and conferences, including family law attorneys who deal with divorce, child support, child custody, and similar issues. The good news is that both companies and customers have found such offers to be handy and are likely to stay here for both the near and long-term future.
Such virtual divorce attorney sessions started out of necessity. Many attorneys have been unable to meet face-to-face with their clients because of guidelines issued by states, including a series of lockdowns, stay-at-home orders and stay-at-home mandates. All of this combines with ongoing social distancing measures, not to mention the fact that many courthouses across the country are temporarily closed or offering severely restricted services during the pandemic.
Therefore, many divorce law firms have changed their offer to enable virtual client meetings. What both lawyers and clients have naturally found is that conducting virtual family law legal consultations is actually quite convenient for everyone. Many of the same issues that can be addressed in a seated meeting in a shared, physical space can be discussed and sorted through direct online interactions.
Divorce mediation services in particular can be an area that continues to be widely used for virtual meetings. This brings the two parties together without actually having to be in the same room and likely reduces stress even further, while still providing a platform for communication and compromise.
Of course, when it comes to family law attorneys, being able to look at their clients is essential to better understand them, empathize with them, and earn their trust. Therefore, the success seen now would not be possible without the addition of the video component, as opposed to being handled solely via phone call or even online chat services.
Maintaining secure communications is also vital for all types of businesses, but especially so for divorce attorneys who meet with their clients. Strict privacy and confidentiality protocols must be followed, and as such it is important that the right tools and vendors are used, as opposed to those that have known vulnerabilities in this regard.
As long as this is managed properly, the trend of virtual family law attorney consultations and appointments can be expected to continue to grow and spread in the coming years. Of course, even if you don’t have to meet someone in person, you must ensure that the attorney you meet with virtually is an experienced, licensed professional in your particular state and locality.