A lawyer’s time and advice are his stock in trade.
These are the words of Abraham Lincoln, a well-known lawyer. I tell folks that all of us have different God-given talents. Some of us make a living working with our hands. Others of us make a living in a different way. Neither is more or less honorable than the other.
The initial consultation is not just a meeting where I sit back and listen. You're not just paying for my time - you're paying for my opinion and expertise. The initial consultation is many times a working session and you will likely leave with a wealth of information and advice. So come prepared. If you have any documents that are in any way related to what you are meeting with me about, please bring those documents with you.
I charge an initial consultation fee of $200.00.1 The consultation can last up to one hour. If you retain my services within 45 days of our initial meeting, I will give you full credit for the initial consultation fee.
Usually, by the end of the first meeting, you will decide if you want to hire me (retain my services), and I will decide if I want to take your case.
To schedule an initial office consultation, you should email or call my office (you could just drop by the office but the chances of me being available will probably be slim).2 If you live out of town, you can schedule a phone consultation.
The initial consultation fee will be payable by check, cash or credit/debit card at the time you arrive at my office (before you meet with me). It is nonrefundable.
I usually take detailed notes during our initial consultation and save those notes in a digital notebook. When you come back later to retain my services, I can quickly refresh my memory by reviewing the initial notes.
What we discuss in an initial consultation is always confidential.
1. I do not charge an initial consultation fee for the following matters: Wills, Powers of Attorney and Advance Health Care Directives; Personal Injury; and Bankruptcy.
2. I handle the following types of cases: Family Law; Personal Injury; Bankruptcy; Criminal defense; Wills and Estates; and general Civil Litigation. If I do not handle the type of matter you want to meet with me about, my office staff will likely let you know before you schedule an appointment.