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Do You Provide Free Initial Consultations?
Attorneys spend a lot of time, effort and money to gain their expertise and knowledge and a good consultation provides the client with valuable information.
How Long Are Your Initial Free Consults?
Generally between 15 and 20 minutes.
What Should I Expect With My Consult?
An explanation of your legal rights based on your situation and facts you provided.
How Do You Charge With A Longer Consult?
My one hour flat fee – $450.00.
What Do I Receive For A Longer Paid Consult?
An attorney who listens to you and reviews your facts and history, existing orders, agreements and other relevant factors to your case. Your legal option(s) and the potential outcomes of each option as well as the possible costs for each option, although there are many factors that go into a case which can increase the costs and are beyond the control of the most prudent attorney.
You should expect:
- During consultations we regularly tell prospective clients our services are not needed if we find that to be the case.
- Please note that most lawyers will not provide legal advice during a free initial consultation. In most cases, they will listen to your case and let you know if they can help you. In addition, an attorney who is offering free consultations may be one who has few clients, is not very busy, and/or is willing to take any case that walks through the door, even if other alternatives may exist for that client. At our firm, paid consultations may last anywhere from an hour to two hours.
- When you leave a good consultation, you may not be happy about your options, but you should feel very educated, empowered and aware of the possible next steps.
- It also gives the attorney an opportunity to see if you have the type of case the attorney wants to take and decide if they want to work with you.
- A consultation fee also helps to weed out those just searching for free legal advice.
- We also regularly offer alternatives that are not profitable to us, but are beneficial to the prospective client.
What You Shouldn’t Expect?
A pressured sales session. Your consultation should be informative and if you feel comfortable with the attorney and the conversation, you choose whether or not to retain that attorney.
You should feel your questions have been answered and you understand the options available to you.