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How to Begin

When you call our office regarding a new matter, you will be connected with one of our experienced staff members. You will be asked preliminary questions about yourself in order for us to determine whether a conflict of interest prevents us from meeting with you. We will also use this information to appropriately schedule your appointment. All information will remain completely confidential.

Family Law: If you are calling regarding a family law matter (divorce, separation, prenup, post dissolution modifications, etc.), we will ask you questions about yourself and your case, including your name and your spouse's name, the ages of your children (if any), your contact information, employment information, length of marriage, anticipated date of marriage if you are calling for advice relating to a prenuptial agreement, information regarding assets of the marriage, and if a case has been filed.

Business Law: If you are calling regarding a business or real estate matter, we will ask you questions about yourself and your case, including your name, the opposing party's name, the opposing counsel's name, any other parties' names, the nature of the issue, and if a case has been filed.

After answering our questions, we may determine that we are not able to take the case because of several reasons, for example: There is a potential conflict with the other party, an involved business or, if the case has been filed, a conflict with an attorney or expert in the case; We do not normally serve the jurisdiction where your case may be litigated; or We may not be available due to our case load at the time and the issues in your case.

If there is no conflict, and the attorney you requested is available to meet with you, our staff will call you back to schedule an initial consultation at our office. You will be charged for the initial consultation at our regular hourly rate. During the initial consultation, you will have an opportunity to discuss your current situation and ask any questions you may have. You will become familiar with the attorney and his or her approach to your case.

Following the initial consultation, if you and your attorney agree to work together, you will be asked to review and execute an Hourly Fee Contract and provide an initial retainer in an amount determined by the attorney.


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