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Not entirely. We usually don’t bill for the first half hour, but do bill for any time after that. We may vary this practice, however, depending on your circumstances. When you’re setting up your appointment, make sure to ask how billing in your specific appointment will be handled.

We have a reliable conflict system and will check it thoroughly before we make an appointment with you.

No. We are only disqualified from representing them if you’ve provided us “significantly harmful” information in a “substantially related matter” and your interests and the other party’s are “materially adverse.”  Nevertheless, we err on the side of caution.

You can schedule an appointment by calling or emailing us.

The attorney-client relationship formally begins when you sign a fee contract and pay a retainer.

Every case and every consultation is different; but most last more than one hour, less than two.

That’s not necessary, but is often helpful. We can be better prepared to talk to you if we’ve had the chance to familiarize ourselves with some of your circumstances before you arrive.

Yes. But, remember, when those people are in the room with us, our conversation is no longer confidential.

Of course, we prefer to see you face-to-face, at our office. If that’s simply not possible, however—for example, because of the distance between us—we’ll find other ways to have an effective meeting. The phone and online video services can help.

Not long. With the number of attorneys in our office, someone should be able to see you within a matter of days.

A retainer is and advance payment that we deposit in a trust account. While your money is in that account, it is still your money. We can only access those funds for two reasons: One is to pay ourselves at the end of the month, when our bills are sent out; The other is to refund any funds left over when our work ends.

All of our attorneys and paralegals bill at an hourly rate. The smallest increment of time we bill is two-tenths of an hour (or 12 minutes). Our bills are sent at the end of the month. If your retainer has been used up, and your case is still going, you will need to pay your bill in full and replenish your retainer.

Probably not as fast as you’d like. With us it’s “facts first, advice second.” We may be able to provide you some general information right away, and it may be helpful. But we can’t give you any helpful case-specific advice until we have a strong understanding of all relevant circumstances.

We don’t know. Your case is different from every other case we’ve handled, and we don’t know what work will be required by other peoples’ decisions and actions (e.g., the other party, the other attorney, the judge, etc.).

Again, we don’t know. Your case is different from every other case we’ve handled, and we don’t know what work will be required by other peoples’ decisions and actions (e.g., the other party, the other attorney, the judge, etc.).