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Suggestions on How to Organize Your Case File


1) Purchase 2 or 3 file containers--example, the big expanding brown (accordian-type) files, or even better, plastic file bins with lids and handles--some container large enough to hold file folders and keep them upright.

2)  Get a box of manila file folders

3) Sort the documents alphabetically by subject, then in chronological order. Below is an example of subject titles

4) Label the file folders by title

5) File the paperwork in each file folder, then put each file folder in a pocket of the expanding file

6) You can take the whole expanding file or container(s) with you on the day of trial and have anything at the tip of your fingers should you need it for your or your attorney's reference. You can't always count on your attorney to remember details or have info available on your case. You know it better than they do, I can guarantee that.  Ask your attorney first about how much to bring with you.

7) Word to the wise: Always refer to your journal notes as your notes kept for your attorney. This protects them as privileged attorney-client information.



Sample Title List:

ASSETS & LIABILITIES (Financial)
BANK RECORDS-DEFENDANT
BILLING RECORDS-ATTORNEY #1
BILLING RECORDS-ATTORNEY #2
BILLING RECORDS-ATTORNEY #3
BILLING RECORDS-ATTORNEY #4
BILLING RECORDS-ATTORNEY #5 - OUT OF STATE COUNSEL
BILLING RECORDS-CUSTODY INVESTIGATOR
BILLING RECORDS-FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGIST
BILLING RECORDS-CO-PARENTING COORDINATOR
CALENDARS (Visitation, ex's travel, children's activities, family calendar, work calendar)
CHILD CUSTODY RESEARCH
CHILDREN'S EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
CHILDREN'S MEDICAL RECORDS
CHILDREN'S SCHOOLWORK SAMPLES
CHILDREN'S SOCIAL ACTIVITIES
CHILDREN'S REPORT CARDS, PROGRESS REPORTS, TEST DATA
CHILDREN'S WRITINGS & DRAWINGS
CORRESPONDENCE BETWEEN ATTORNEYS- Chronological order
CORRESPONDENCE BETWEEN ATTORNEY & CLIENT-Chronological order
CORRESPONDENCE BETWEEN ATTORNEYS & MEDIATOR-Chronological order
CORRESPONDENCE BETWEEN ATTORNEYS & CUSTODY INVESTIGATOR-Chronological order
COMMUNICATION BETWEEN SELF & EX HUSBAND-Chronological order
COURT FILINGS - Chronological order
CUSTODY INVESTIGATION
CUSTODY INVESTIGATORS REPORT
DISCOVERY - PLAINTIFF'S 1ST SET
DISCOVERY - DEFENDANT'S 1ST SET
DISCOVERY - DEFENDANT'S 2ND SET
DISCOVERY - DEFENDANT'S 3RD SET
DIVORCE DECREE
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ADVOCATES/SHELTER
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE RESEARCH
FINAL FINDINGS OF FACTS AND CONCLUSIONS
INITIAL FILINGS/DOCUMENTS 1993
INITIAL FILINGS/DOCUMENTS 1998
INTERIM CUSTODY/VISITATION SCHEDULE
JOURNAL NOTES
MEDIATION/SETTLEMENT PROPOSALS & NOTES
MEDICAL RECORDS
MISCELLANEOUS COSTS & FEES
ORDERS-Chronological order
PHOTOGRAPHS
POLICE REPORTS
PSYCHOLOGICAL EVALUATION
SCHOOL CORRESPONDENCE-CHILD #1
SCHOOL CORRESPONDENCE-CHILD #2
SCHOOL RECORDS-CHILD #1 SCHOOL RECORDS-CHILD #2
STATE STATUTES-MARRIAGE & FAMILY THERAPISTS
STATE STATUTES-PSYCHOLOGISTS
STATE STATUTES-SOCIAL WORKERS
TAPE RECORDINGS
THERAPIST RECORDS-JOINT
THERAPIST RECORDS-SELF
THERAPIST RECORDS-CHILDREN
TRIAL SETTING ORDERS
VISITATION SCHEDULE
WITNESS LISTS



 

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