About initial consultations
Absolutely. You only pay for legal services after we've figured out how to help and put a plan in place. We can't give you advice and help you put a plan in place if we don't know what's going on. The initial consultation helps us learn how we can help you.
Once we know how we can help you, we'll give you options for moving forward. Different cases are handled in different ways. We'll talk about it.
An initial consultation is scheduled for 30 minutes. Sometimes we'll go longer, but usually we can get a sense of what is needed within that time.
If you really feel like it's important to meet longer, call or email in advance and discuss it with us. Every case is a little bit different. Our goal is to make sure we meet your real needs in the best way possible for your situation.
Sure. But it's a lot harder to get to the really important stuff that way. If you'd like to briefly talk on the phone or email before your appointment, just let us know—by phone or email—and we'll set something up.
1. Be totally honest. Everything we talk about is entirely confidential and protected by the attorney-client privilege. If you don't tell us, we can't advise you properly.
2. Be prepared. Bring the documents and information that apply to your case.
If you do these two things, you'll know at the end the best way to move forward.
Technology is amazing, and it allows us to meet and talk without your having to come to the office.
That said, it's important that we meet in person at the beginning, so I don't usually meet for initial consultations virtually. This has changed with the coronoavirus pandemic. Virtual initial consultations are now available if you prefer.
Once we start working together, we'll utilize technology a lot, including meeting virtually, to make your case go more smoothly and our communications faster, easier, and more convenient for you. That saves you a lot of time and money.