What to Expect

What to Expect

At Clarke Law, we know that our clients come to us when they are at their most vulnerable, often facing some of the most difficult and stressful events of their entire lifetimes. That is why we take pride in our caring, thoughtful approach to domestic relations, family law, and commercial litigation.

What Kinds of Cases Do You Handle?

The attorneys at Clarke Law handle domestic relations and family law matters, including cases that involve divorce and dissolution of marriage, child support and child custody, grandparents’ rights, and post-divorce modifications to child support and parenting plans.

We also have a thriving commercial litigation practice. Whether your business is in need of thoughtful, aggressive representation, or your domestic relations case involves a closely-held business or significant business assets, our commercial litigation experience helps ensure that our clients receive a fair outcome.

What Should You Expect at Your First Meeting with a Clarke Law Attorney?

Working with Clarke Law begins with a free consultation to discuss your case. The meeting usually lasts between 30 and 60 minutes.

When you meet with our attorneys, we begin by asking “What do you want your life to look like one year from now?” In our experience, we find that this single question leads to a conversation about your current situation, your concerns, and your goals and objectives.

We understand that every case is unique. That’s one reason why our initial meeting is critical to our clients’ success. Our attorneys will listen attentively as you describe your current situation. We’ll make recommendations about next steps. And together, we’ll make a plan to see you through so that you emerge on the other side, stronger than you were before.

What Are the Next Steps After I Hire Clarke Law?

Once you’ve hired Clarke Law, you’ll receive a form that details the next steps for your case, a request for information, and a list of documents you’ll need to bring to your next meeting.

How Can I Reach You?

When you work with Clarke Law, know that someone will always be available to answer your call. You can contact your attorney by calling the office, by sending an email or text message, or by calling your lawyer’s cell phone. We make sure our clients know that we are there for them when they need us, and we understand that questions about your case don’t always happen between the hours of 9 and 5.

What Geographic Area Do You Serve?

Clarke Law is based in Toledo, Ohio. We proudly represent people throughout Northwest Ohio, in Lucas County, Wood County, Fulton County, Erie County, and Sandusky County.

How Do You Handle Divorce and Child Custody Cases for People Who Own a Business or Have Business Assets Tied Up in a Business?

In addition to our domestic relations and family law practice, Clarke Law also has a thriving commercial litigation practice. As a commercial litigator, Joe Clarke is no stranger to the courtroom. He finds that his commercial litigation experience helps his domestic relations practice as he understands the unique issues that face business owners. He also knows how personal assets can be disguised as business assets, and he uses this information to ensure that his clients receive a fair outcome in their divorce or child support case.

What Kinds of Commercial Law Cases Do You Handle?

Our commercial litigation attorneys handle business law cases involving:

  • Breach of contract
  • Fraud
  • Tortious interference with business
  • Wiretapping
  • Employment
  • Intellectual property
  • Negligent misrepresentation
  • Interference with economic advantage

Clarke Law. Committed to Our Clients’ Success.

At Clarke Law, we know that a key to successfully resolving a legal dispute is having someone there for you, listening to your concerns and looking out for your best interests. We work hard to make sure that our clients feel heard, and to provide clarity during a stressful time.

Clarke Law has been representing people in Toledo and throughout Northwest Ohio since 2005. We proudly serve our clients as true attorneys and counselors because we know that, in the long run, legal advice is only part of the solution.

Whatever type of case we are handling, know that we will put every option on the table, and offer practical and pragmatic advice about the best path forward. Our lawyers will fight aggressively for you in negotiations and at trial.

We invite you to learn more about the attorneys at Clarke Law, to read more about our family law and commercial litigation practices, and to contact us today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to hire a divorce attorney?

If you are considering divorce, or if your spouse has already filed, you need an experienced family law attorney on your side who will answer your questions, make a plan to help see you through, and fight to protect the future for you and your children. Divorce and dissolution of marriage can be overwhelming. Here, we answer questions about divorce and dissolution, property division, and child and spousal support. We understand that each case is unique, and we will answer these questions and more during your initial consultation.

What is the cost of hiring an attorney for my divorce?

There are many factors that determine the fee for divorce services, as each case is unique. To best understand your case and provide you with an initial estimate of services, we offer a free consultation to discuss your case. This meeting typically lasts about an hour during which we will listen as you tell us about your current situation, the reasons for the divorce, and share your concerns. We will answer your questions and make a plan for how to successfully get through the divorce.

How long does an average divorce take in Ohio?

A divorce in Ohio can take up to 18 months depending on the issues you are facing. We will identify these issues and provide reasonable timing expectations during the initial consultation.

When can I file for divorce?

Ohio law requires that you have been a resident of the state for at least six months before you can file for divorce.

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