Unfortunately, most people will have an event occur in their life which will bring them to the question of whether or not they should hire legal counsel. There are a very few circumstances when it may not be necessary, but in most situations involving a legal matter it is best to avoid the risks of going at it on your own. Hiring representation can help you avoid situations that could potentially end in disaster. The law is complicated and online “fill in the blank” pleadings are not in your best interest.
Before contacting our office you will want to be sure that you can explain and define your issue. You will also want to be sure to keep copies and records of all paperwork and documents pertaining to your matter. It will help make the process quicker and more efficient to have things readily available.
Determine the urgency of your situation. Don’t wait until it is too late! We cannot tell you how many times we have been contacted by clients whose deadlines have run. It is better to prevent problems from the start rather than trying to fix them later.
Do not give a statement to police officers, insurance, or other until you speak with our office. You may incriminate yourself by simply saying the wrong thing or be misunderstood.
Do not sign legal documents or agreements without having them reviewed first………..
Be realistic about legal fees and expect that there may often be other practical fees involved, such as court filing fees, postage, and copy costs. Remember to consider that trying to take care of your matter on your own can potentially cost you more than if you would have hired an attorney from the beginning.
When you contact our office, we will most often times offer you a free consultation which can sometimes be done by phone. We also have forms available on our website that you can fill out and bring with you to your appointment if you choose to do so. At your consultation, be prepared to explain your situation and have a list of questions you would like to ask. Everything you tell the attorney is confidential. The attorney will explain the game plan and the process to complete your matter. We will also verify that there are no conflicts of interest. You may want to be prepared to pay a retainer fee to ensure that you have counsel.
Once you have hired our office, depending on your matter, we may have some forms for you to fill out or documents that we ask you to provide. We can get started on your matter the sooner you get the items we request.
Communication is very important between clients and attorneys. We will often leave phone messages and emails that need a response from you. It is very important to stay in contact with your law office. Depending on your matter, there may be spans of time when things are idle on our end. During these times you may feel that you need to call and checkup, but sometimes we are simply waiting for something from opposing counsel, a waiting period to pass, or waiting for other parties to provide records we have requested. We will always contact you when there is something you need to be updated on.