Working Sessions

No long-term contracts. No retainers. No obligations.

Just the help you need, no strings attached.

Working sessions give you an in-depth meeting with a lawyer to discuss your legal needs and get answers to your most pressing questions. Whether you need help now on a pressing legal matter or you just want to pick a lawyer’s brain about an idea for the future, working sessions get you the one-on-one time you need without sales gimmicks or rushed consultations.

For many clients, one session is all they need from a lawyer. This usually comes as a pleasant surprise! For more help, clients are welcome to book additional working sessions any time they need them. Our more in-depth services include pro se coaching and legal representation in new or pending litigation. These services include top-notch service and access to your lawyer. They are extremely limited in availability. Clients who are interested in ongoing legal services should discuss the available options with our lawyer at the end of their first working session.

How we’re different

Most law firms will offer you a consultation where they do a quick analysis of your case and then sell you a high-priced service, generally consisting of a retainer and hourly rate. Our firm used to follow this model as well. Over time, we realized that our clients need more certainty in hiring a lawyer. If you are reading this, then you probably already know that you need legal help. Chances are that you want help fast, because you’re running up against a deadline, stress, or both.

A working session a The Lien Law Firm is not a consultation. If you come to your session with a set of documents, we will actually review them. If you are up against a really tight deadline, we can work to get your pleadings drafted. You have our full attention, legal knowledge, and skills at your fingertips for the entire 90-minute session.

Ready to get started?

To schedule your first working session, browse the list below and select the session that best fits your needs. Sessions are divided up by practice area: family law, adoption, and small business.

Not sure what kind of help you need?

If you are not sure what you need, or if you do not see it on the list below, you can schedule a brief consultation with our attorney at no cost. During your consultation, we will discuss the best course of action for you to take. Use the link below to schedule an appointment.

Family Law

Divorce Prep

You may be ready to end your marriage, but are you ready for divorce? The divorce process can surprise you with fees and unexpected requirements if you are not prepared. Work one-on-one with an experienced divorce lawyer to be as ready as possible before the papers are filed. Being prepared will help you know what to expect so that you can minimize stress and focus on what actually matters to you.

Custody Prep

With all the biased and incorrect information available online, it is easy to panic about child custody and support. In reality, you need to be very careful about what you say and do to protect yourself and your children. Work one-on-one with an experienced custody lawyer to be as ready as possible for a custody battle. Being prepared will help you know what to expect so that you can minimize stress and focus on what really matters to you.

Order of Protection

Orders of protection (aka “restraining orders”) move quickly through court. You have to be ready with all your evidence while carefully considering the long-term safety implications you are facing. Work one-on-one with a lawyer who is highly experienced in domestic violence and sexual abuse cases. She will help you prepare for court the exact same way she prepares to represent clients at these types of hearings.

Family Court Help

Family court has deadlines, presumptions, nuances, and rules that must be followed. If you are representing yourself in court, then you may need help figuring out how to overcome a specific hurdle. If you already have an attorney, you may want a second opinion about your case. Consult with an experienced family law attorney to help at any step of the process to give you the knowledge you need for peace of mind.

Friends & Family

Do you know someone who is going through a stressful time in family court? When court is involved, it can be easy to hurt when you are genuinely trying to help. It can also be easy to get yourself more involved in their case than you may want to be. Work with an experienced family law attorney to learn how you can actually help your loved ones without creating more hurdles for them, and how to protect yourself in the process.


Adoption Consultation

If you are considering adoption, then you probably have countless legal questions. Talk with an experienced attorney about the different options for adoption, alternatives to adoption, and the legal implications of it all. As a prospective adoptive parent, our attorney is happy to share her first-hand experience with the systems and processes.

Foster to Adopt

Foster parents hoping to adopt the children in their care face a unique set of legal issues and processes. This can get especially complicated when there is a contested trial for guardianship or termination of parental rights (TPR). Foster parents are not provided with a lawyer of their own, so it is especially important that they seek independent legal advice early and often. Meet with a lawyer who is experienced with different aspects of the child welfare process to get answers and know your options.

International Adoption

Parents who pursue international adoption are familiar with the term “readoption.” Most adoption agencies recommend that adoptive parents look at readoption after bringing their child home, but the terms and implications are actually different in each state. Learn what readoption means in Missouri, why it is important, and how to do it.

Small Business

Starting an LLC

Starting your business is faster and easier than you may think! In just 90 minutes, a lawyer can help you register your single-member LLC, draft your operating agreement, register for your Employer Identification Number (EIN), and start planning for success.

Coming Soon!

Starting a Non-Profit Organization

Starting a non-profit is an involved process with multiple levels. In this 90-minute session, a lawyer can help you register your Missouri non-profit, draft your articles of incorporation, register for your EIN, and start planning your federal application for 501(c)(3) status with the IRS.

Small Business Consultation

As an entrepreneur, you wear a lot of hats in your business! Get spotlight legal help and coaching when you need it. A lawyer who is also an experienced entrepreneur can help you draft an agreement, review a document, or discuss a specific need you have in your small business.

This service is reserved for those running service-based businesses in Missouri.