Frequently Asked Questions
What is the process for hiring you as an attorney?
The first step is to contact us and explain the general nature of your matter. The second step is for us to ascertain any other persons or entities that may be involved in your matter so that we can determine if there are any conflicts of interest because we have represented other persons that might be involved in your matter. If we decide to represent you, we will send you an Engagement Letter setting forth the scope of the legal services we will be providing, as well as the specific and General Terms and Conditions governing our engagement. Depending on the matter, we may require that you provide us with a deposit prior to working on your matter. The deposit will be applied against legal fees at the conclusion of your matter; any unused part of the deposit will be returned to you as explained further in the General Terms and Conditions. Once we have decided to represent you and you have provided any required deposit, we will schedule a meeting or conference call to discuss your matter. We may ask you to provide us any documentation pertaining to the matter prior to the initial meeting. Our review of such documentation will allow us to have as productive of a meeting as possible.
What are your fees?
Our fees are based upon, the amount of time our attorneys and legal assistants actually devote to your legal matter, the complexity of the matter involved, the resources applied to the matter; and the results and benefits obtained by virtue of our representation. That said, our fees for the majority of the services we provide are based upon the time devoted to your matter.
Questions to Consider When Looking for an Attorney
Do they have experience in the area of law you need?
Experience matters To obtain the best advice in the least amount of time, it is essential that the attorney representing you have experience in the areas of the law that impact you. For the best results, it is important that the attorney has a broad experience in many areas of the law impacting businesses. That experience allows the attorney to provide you with the greatest array of potential solutions for your problem. Often, the experienced attorney is best suited to help you find solutions that only addresses your immediate issue, but will assist you in avoiding issues in the future.
Does the attorney have a broad range of experience dealing with your type and size business?
There is no one shoe fits all when it comes to solutions to your legal issues. It is important that the attorney have experience dealing with similar issues and with similarly sized companies. A solution that may work for a Fortune 500 company may not be the best solution for a small business and vise versa. When legal issues arise, timing is often critical. An experienced attorney can often provide more compete advice in a shorter amount of time.
Is the attorney interested in your long-term success?
A good business lawyer is looking for a long term relationship. You want a lawyer that is not just a legal advisor but also a confidant interested in you and your business’s long-term success. You also want an attorney that wants you to be successful and is ready willing and able to help you not only with your legal services but with your business issues.