Case Preparation Meetings at Smith Strong, PLC

Consultations with our firm are different. 

First, they’re really not mere consultations, but better described as SMARTSTART© comprehensive case preparation meetings.  Some legal practitioners will offer a “free” half-hour consultation, and then quickly switch over to their billable hour rates if you wish to proceed.  We have found that a half-hour doesn’t allow enough time for anyone to understand your case fully, to offer a complete evaluation, or to develop a plan of action, together. We want you to leave the first meeting with peace of mind, knowing your case is being handled with focused attention.

We find our comprehensive case preparation meetings last a little over an hour.  This time enables us to understand your unique situation and craft the right solution—not simply to get your name and tell you how much it will cost.

We offer this consultation at a flat rate.  There is no obligation to proceed beyond the consultation, but most of our potential clients do. 

More important than the cost of this comprehensive case preparation meeting is the manner in which your case will be handled.

  • How do the attorneys practice law?  Do they begin the legal relationship with education, such as providing a book and information packet?
  • Will they strategically outline the most efficient way to reach your goals in that first meeting? 
  • Will they keep that plan in mind in the weeks or months that follow? 
  • Does their practice focus primarily on family law matters?  Have they developed a system to handle all manner of scenarios within that practice area effectively?
  • And have they assembled a skilled team ready to take on the challenge of your case?


Our firm, Smith Strong, PLC, prides ourselves on offering solutions for our clients’ family law matters.  We realize you may not get a second chance at this, and in the back of your mind you're probably thinking--I need to make sure this is done right the first time

After all--your finances, possibly children, and the very things you have worked so hard for so long are at stake and on the line. 

We're ready, Welcome.  You've come to the right place.

Smith Strong, PLC—together with your dedicated team of a client service specialist, paralegal, and attorney, along with lead attorney Van Smith—will carefully guide you. 

We educate you as we go along, so you make informed decisions at each phase of the representation.

For us, legal strength means diligent preparation focused on the client's goals.  Let's meet and develop your plan of action, together.

Our clients appreciate the personal attention and care they receive at Smith Strong, but typically don’t fully comprehend its value until long after that first SMARTSTART© comprehensive case preparation meeting

So, don’t settle for anything less than our firm's proven system for your case.

What to Expect

At our first meeting, we'll provide:

  • a straightforward and understandable explanation of the law;
  • a candid assessment of the case; and
  • a plan to obtain the best possible outcome, through settlement or litigation.


We provide personal attention to each client through skillful communication, agreeing upon a plan of action after listening carefully to the client’s unique situation and goals.

You will also receive a copy of Van’s book from the Legal Strength Series, The Ultimate Guide to Divorce and Custody in Virginia: Quickly Get Back to Fully Living Your Life.

We look forward to serving you. Please call 804.325.1245 or 757.941.4298 to schedule an initial consultation. 

Final Thoughts

We know our clients are feeling overwhelmed by the choices they face. At our SMARTSTART comprehensive case preparation meeting, we pride ourselves on listening carefully to you and crafting the best solution, bringing you peace of mind.

Let's move forward, together.

To schedule a SMARTSTART comprehensive case preparation meeting with one of our skilled attorneys, please call 804.325.1245 or 757.645.6371.

PS:  Don't forget to request your free copy of attorney Van Smith's new book on divorce and custody in Virginia when calling.

PPS:  And here's our guarantee--if you're not absolutely convinced we're not solving your family law challenges, each month until completed, you can withdraw from our representation of you at any time--no questions asked.  We offer this powerful guarantee, not because we can guarantee the outcome--no one can--but because we strongly believe in our creative solutions, in court and at the settlement table, for our clients facing divorce, custody and support matters. 

Welcome to the Smith Strong difference. Become a client-member today for true peace of mind.

H. Van Smith
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