Legal Coaching & Advising

At Knies, Helland & McPherson we can proudly say that we love the law and everything that it stands for. That is why we believe that anyone who desires to represent themselves should have that ability, and available legal help if necessary. We are here to give you as much or as little help as you need.

Knies, Helland & McPherson design customized legal solutions to fit the needs of each of their clients. They provide traditional divorce representation as well mediation and many a la carte services to meet the needs of today’s more complex family issues. They will use their extensive experience however they can best help. Maybe you are just wanting to understand all of the options available to you. No problem. We’re here to listen, provide guidance and develop a personalized plan to move forward if you’d like to partner with us.

Want to try to handle a family law matter yourself to try to save money or time? It might still be a good idea to spend some time consulting with an attorney to coach or advise you through the process. You can do much of the process yourself; it’s certainly your legal right to do so. But with a coach or advisor, we can make sure you’re completing the process properly and not missing any important considerations.

Knies, Helland & McPherson is a modern firm for modern times. Unlike many firms that only offer full-service legal representation when you hire them, Knies, Helland & McPherson offers legal coaching and advising services for those who are more inclined to DIY family law matters. For instance, if the two parties mostly agree on terms and you simply need to complete the legal paperwork, hiring a legal family law coach or advisor may be ideal.

You can also buy a two- to four-hour coaching session to simply sit down with our experienced attorneys and let one of us walk you through the process, discuss your options, various strategies and possible solutions.

Contact our office today at 719-635-8499 to schedule a consultation. During your consultation, we’ll be able to explain how we can help you with your case on a legal coaching or advisor basis.

Keep reading to learn more about our legal coaching & advising services.


Every person has the right to self-represent their case in court. This right extends from a dispute between neighbors to serious felony charges. Everyone also has the right to prepare and present cases that concern family law matters such as divorce, parenting plans, and spousal support.

For those who enjoy the thought of preparing their own case and have managed to negotiate the terms of a divorce with their soon-to-be-former spouse, the divorce process may be quite simple. The only things that must be considered is if the paperwork has been prepared according to court requirements, filed properly with the court, and if all the terms of the divorce agreement and parenting plan are in compliance with the law.

To ensure that all of the components of the divorce are correct before the final paperwork is signed, you may want to take advantage of the coaching services offered by Knies, Helland & McPherson.

Review of Documents

One of the attorneys at Knies, Helland & McPherson will review any and all documents that you have prepared for your divorce and check them for accuracy. Your attorney may also give you insight into areas or topics that you may not have addressed as part of your divorce. They will even coach you on what needs to be changed or corrected to make the document acceptable to the court.

Review of Legal Terms

A large part of a divorce or legal family issue is remaining in compliance with certain laws and terms that must be satisfied. Your attorney at Knies, Helland & McPherson may suggest that you recalculate a division of assets, terms for child or spousal support, or make suggestions regarding the parenting plan that will make the divorce more likely to be granted by the court.  We can also spot issues that may not surface until years down the road, allowing you to avoid another trip to court in the future.

Review of Legal Process

Another part of the legal coaching services at Knies, Helland & McPherson, is a review of the legal process. Your attorney will determine if all of your legal paperwork has been filed accurately and make suggestions about when to file additional documents with the court so that you can process your divorce in a timely matter.

When You Need an Attorney

Even when you have the best intentions of preparing a divorce by yourself, or with the help of friends, it may be necessary to seek professional legal advice. There will always be some situations where it will be beneficial to you to allow an attorney to manage the entire case.

Some situations that may require more extensive help from an attorney include:

  • A divorce where assets are being hidden from one of the spouses in an attempt to defraud and prevent a fair split of marital possessions
  • A refusal by one spouse to negotiate the terms of the divorce in a fair manner
  • When one spouse seems to be benefiting from the divorce to the detriment of the other
  • When an agreement cannot be made as to spousal support, regarding amount and/or length of time
  • When the party was involved in a common law marriage
  • When the party is a same sex marriage that lived together as a domestic partnership or civil union couple for a time before same sex marriage was legal
  • When either party cannot agree to the parenting plan
  • When there is just too much confusion about the legality of preparing the divorce documents yourself and you want to make sure the divorce is actually legal and final

How to Get Started

When it comes to family law, you can go it part or mostly alone, but we don’t recommend you try to go it entirely alone. We can help you best attain optimal outcomes in a court of law. Contact us today to schedule a time to speak with one of our attorneys about our coaching and advising services.

Knies, Helland & McPherson offers a unique array of options for those seeking divorce who are looking for limited assistance in their case. Contact us today and ask about our introductory consult option.


At Knies, Helland & McPherson, we partner with you to come up with a customized solution that meets your individual needs and goals.