Do you charge for the first visit?
Yes, we do charge a small fee as we offer legal advice at the time of the conference.; Regardless of whether a prospective client ultimately decides to hire us, we know there is significant value to the information we provide.
What are your fees?
Fees are almost exclusively time-driven. Each attorney in the office bills for time spent on an hourly basis. The rates vary according to the individual lawyer’s experience within the general field of Family Relations Law.
Depending on the complexity of your situation, we may suggest a lawyer at a lower hourly rate than a more senior attorney, simply to help you keep the costs down. The more complex the situation, the greater may be the need for a more senior attorney.
Attorney hourly rates may vary from $225 to $475 but we often find that the effective rate is lowered using our legal assistants or the staff accountant on matters of preparation, etc.
GOING TO COURT
Will I have to go to court?
Not necessarily. Many matters are accomplished without having to appear in court. On occasion our office makes use of “private” judges who will meet parties and their lawyers in an attorney’s conference room for complete privacy.
Should I bring the kids to court?
Unless you are specifically instructed to do so by your lawyer, children have no place going to court.; Marital problems are often difficult on the entire family; don’t make it worse by subjecting children to the system.
What should I bring with me to my first visit?
Frankly, you do not have to bring anything with you when we first meet. As we discuss the problem with you, we will be in a better position to ask for material specifically relevant to your case.
If you like, you may certainly consider bringing a detailed statement of assets and liabilities as well as some current tax returns. However, do not be concerned if you are initially unable to find any of these documents.
What are your hours?
Generally, the office is open from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM. However, once an attorney-client relationship is finalized, we often meet with or talk to our clients when the office is formally closed.
When are you available to take my calls?
Most lawyers and staff are available by phone during office hours. However, some calls must be returned after hours if, for example, an attorney is in conference or court during the majority of the day. We will always schedule time for a phone conference which may save time going back and forth during busy times.
Should I bring the kids to your office?
Generally it is best to avoid bringing children to a lawyer’s office. Although most of us love seeing the little ones, it may make it more difficult for you to concentrate on the real purpose of the meeting. Older children as well have no place in a lawyer’s office as it unnecessarily subjects them to a process in which they should have no involvement. In addition, lawyers are prohibited from interviewing children unless it is necessary and done with formal court involvement.
Can you handle my will, too?
We can assist you with an evaluation of your estate planning. However, depending on your circumstances, we may refer you to the attorney who originally prepared your documents, or to one of the many experts with whom we work.
What happens if I need an accountant/other kind of lawyer/other subject matter expert?
Our attorneys work with experts in almost every field so that we can refer you when necessary. Whether you need an accountant, appraiser or some other professional, we have the contacts to meet your needs.
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