Attorney Christopher Pearsall is a full-time licensed Rhode Island lawyer with a law practice focused in the area of divorce and family law serving the Rhode Island Divorce and Family Courts.
For the past nine (9) years Attorney Pearsall has exclusively practiced on a daily basis before the Providence County Family Court (which covers both Providence and Bristol Counties), the Kent County Family Court, the Washington County Family Court, and the Newport County Family Court.
As a working class man, Attorney Christopher Pearsall experienced the Rhode Island family court system first-hand in his own Rhode Island divorce proceeding before becoming a lawyer.
It is Attorney Pearsall's personal experiences as a client, a Pro Se litigant, and as a practicing divorce and family law lawyer that set him apart from other domestic relations attorneys practicing in the Rhode Island family courts.
Attorney Pearsall saw a need in Rhode Island for people to be able to receive assistance with their divorces and family law issues without the high cost of traditional lawyers. To meet this need and to help prevent the backlog of cases caused in part in the family court by laypeople who tried to represent themselves but did so ineffectively and wasted their own time, the court's time and the time of legal practitioners and other litigants, Attorney Pearsall developed the concept of a "Divorce Coaching Law Practice" for the Rhode Island Family Court System.
As a coaching client you will quickly discover, as many others have, that Attorney Pearsall is genuinely concerned about your issues, both legal and non-legal, and that he responds to your needs and expends the time necessary to insure that you understand your legal matter and your alternatives. Chris wants to make sure you have the information necessary to make informed decisions about your case and to be able to confidently present your case before the Rhode Island family court judges so that you have the best chance at succeeding in your family law case.
Attorney Pearsall's demeanor is both cheerful and refreshing. However, it would be a mistake to equate his agreeable demeanor as a sign of weakness in his coaching practice. When called for in the courtroom Attorney Pearsall was nothing short of a zealous and aggressive advocate for his clients.
Attorney Pearsall's answer to one client's question is perhaps the most telling about his philosophy, integrity and his approach to the practice of law.
Question: Mr. Pearsall, what sets you apart from other divorce lawyers in Rhode Island?
Answer: I care. You see, I've already walked in your shoes. I know what you are going through. It makes it very easy for me to care about your fears, your frustrations, your concerns, and your family problems.
You aren't just bringing me a legal case. You are trusting me with a part of your life! That's very serious in my book.
Now don't get me wrong. I am not saying that when you select a Rhode Island divorce lawyer that you have to choose one who has been through a family court battle in order to receive good legal representation.
What I am saying, is that in my experience people are more careful, more diligent, and fight harder for someone or some thing that they genuinely care about. I bring that caring to the table with me when you place your confidence in me.
If you want an attorney who will care about your case as if it were his own, I'd be more than happy to coach you.
Ultimately, this new practice model for family law is fantastic in my opinion and I'm happy to be pioneering it here in Rhode Island despite some skepticism here and there.
No matter what a person decides to do, I know how things work as a coach and as a lawyer that has been retained through trial.
Since I've seen both sides of this coin from the client's perspective there is one thing I can say with certainty that people who come to me for coaching can take to the bank. That statement is this,
If any person comes to me with a family law problem or issue, I know that I can help them to such a great degree no matter what the issue, that one visit to me will save that coaching client hundreds of dollars in legal fees. For a person just filing for a divorce on their own, that person saves an average of $500 and $800 in legal fees just by coming to a single coaching session with me ... even if they go out and hire a lawyer after they file for divorce as I've taught them.
In the end what I'm doing won't make me popular with my colleagues and it may not make me popular with the Rhode Island Family Court judges who believe that everyone should always have an attorney, but when you're forging new territory with a new concept that's good for people, its not about money or a popularity contest. If I can help a few hundred people a year who just don't have the money to hire a lawyer to go into court for them to understand the law and properly present their case in the best manner possible, then I can sleep well at night knowing I've done a good thing.
Ultimately, I know I can't do this for free because I still have bills to pay and a family to support, but right now there are a lot of people in Rhode Island who are hurting for money and they need help. There are times in our lives when we all need a hero of some sort or another. Perhaps that will be me for a few of this folks. Already I know from my existing coaching clients that I've made a big difference in their lives.
For those people in Rhode Island who can't afford an experienced family law attorney because they just don't have the money for one, you may need a hero right now. Well, I'm not free . . . but I'm applying for the job.
I know that I can help you. The question is . . . are you willing to help yourself? If you are . . . call me and set up that coaching appointment. You may find out just like I have through my many coaching clients that I'm really not the hero here...