Our firm offers consultation services as a means of evaluating your issue or circumstances and to determine whether we can further assist you through legal representation. An attorney consultation is a critical first step in evaluating the legal implications of your circumstances. The court system can be very unforgiving and complex. It is often very difficult for parties to successfully navigate the legal system without special training and expert knowledge. Attempting to represent yourself can cause undue delay in the resolution of your case. Even small procedural errors can be very damaging to the outcome of your case. In most cases, attorney consultation is the best way to ensure that your rights are protected from the onset of the circumstances.
An initial consultation does not bind you to retain our firm for your case nor does it bind our firm to accept your case. Generally, through an initial consultation we can help you to identify the steps necessary to help resolve your case.
What does a consultation include?
1. An initial consultation begins with an evaluation by an attorney of the particular set of facts involved in your case, your background and the particular legal issues involved. We will then explain all available options, and work to develop a strategy for your case.
2. At the initial consultation, you will also receive an estimate of the time and expense involved in your specific case. Many of our fees are fixed and are based upon the complexity of the issues and procedures involved in working towards a favorable resolution. Where appropriate, we are able to offer scheduled payments towards a retainer amount.
Is a consultation with an attorney necessary?
No matter what your circumstances, a consultation with an attorney is an excellent investment because a consultation provides you with critical information about the applicable law and procedure, how it affects you and the options available to you.
The information you provide during an initial consultation or as part of your case are protected by the attorney-client privilege. Information you provide to us is held in strict confidence.
Under attorney ethics rules, even limited answers to questions may create an attorney-client relationship. That relationship ends with our answer (although we remain bound by client confidentiality rules). No permanent attorney-client relationship can be created until you sign an attorney-client agreement with our firm.