We have answers to some of the commonly asked questions about us.
Do you offer a free/in-person consultation?
We generally restrict the initial no-cost consultation to one phone/web chat/email conversation of 15 minutes or less to evaluate the general facts of your case, what remedies are available to you (if any), and quote a price for the service(s). This also gives us time to briefly review any relevant documents you may have and determine if you have a viable claim or defense; if none, then neither party’s time is wasted. This free consultation period is not to give free legal advice on what you should go do yourself or to give you a legal opinion after reviewing dozens of pages of documents.
Generally, if you send documents with your initial inquiry via email crucial to determining if there is a case (a contract, demand letter, etc), we will briefly review them at no cost as part of determining if you have a case. This will also give us a chance to do background research into any statute, covenant, or declaration at issue which due to length simply cannot be read during an in-person meeting. But we will not schedule an appointment to meet solely to review your documents and render an opinion as part of any free consultation offered.
If you are looking for “general legal advice,” a legal opinion on a topic/document(s), to continue discussing your matter beyond the brief free consultation period, or simply want to meet in person, then we charge $150.00 for a maximum 30-minute meeting/call (which will include review of your documents) which will be billed up-front before scheduling.
This fee is to dissuade seekers of free general legal advice and legal opinions with no intention to hire and/or to pay an attorney from expending valuable attorney time, or further time beyond the brief free consultation.
Request a paid office consultation
(Our office will contact you back to discuss payment and date/time)
What is included in the initial phone/web/email consultation?
This is an informal conversation that gives us the opportunity to assess the issues involved in your case, briefly review any relevant documents (if sent by email in advance), and determine the remedies available to you if any. We will also provide you with an estimate of fees and costs involved to proceed.
The initial consultation also gives you the opportunity to determine whether you think we are the right law firm for you and if you want to hire us to represent you for your legal matters. Representation does not begin until a retainer agreement is signed and a deposit paid.
Again, you may purchase further time to continue the discussion and ask questions about general legal matters, but the free consultation period is a maximum of 15 minutes. That is ample time to discuss the general facts and terms of representation.
How much will it cost me?
We charge a mixture of fee types for our legal services depending greatly on the case type and attorney time involved, which include: flat fees, monthly fees, and hourly fees. While we attempt to include all known costs at the time of signing the retainer such as: court filing fees, court summons fees, service of process, parking at the courthouse for hearings, copies, faxes, postage, etc..
It is impossible to predict all costs at the beginning of representation for an entire case though, and thus the client will be required to pay all additional costs as they come due during representation.
What if I can’t afford your fees up-front?
We offer payment plans that can be paid weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly to make our legal services as affordable to you as possible. We also accept all major credit cards if you do not have access to funds immediately (in addition to cash, check and money order) as well as Paypal.