Frequently Asked Questions
- Can I bring someone with me to the meeting?
- Do I need a lawyer?
- Do you offer flat fee rates and limited scope representation?
- Do you take cases on a contingency fee basis, credit cards, personal checks or payment plans?
- Do you take client’s outside of Arizona?
- What are your business hours?
- What areas of Arizona do you serve?
- What do your services cost?
- What happens when I call your office?
- What if I can’t make it to your office?
- What should I bring to the assessment?
- What will I get out of the case assessment?
- Where are you located?
Yes, we recognize that meeting with a lawyer can be overwhelming and that it is an anxious time for people. We’re grateful you have support. But don’t forget this is your hour. Remind the person that you will need to do most of the talking so that you get everything you want out of the consultation. Also, when you meet with an attorney you have attorney client privilege and by including a third party you are waiving that privilege so there may be times during the consult that the attorney requests to speak to the potential client alone. Make sure the person coming is prepared and willing to leave the room so that you are protected.
The steps to answer that question involve considering:
- The importance or urgency of the matter,
- The complexity or your situation,
- The amount of conflict and discord between the parties,
- Possible jeopardy a child or adult who needs help and
- Your financial situation.
Consulting an attorney early in the legal process is important to avoid making mistakes that will be detrimental to your case and costly to fix later. Inadvertently filing the wrong forms with the court or even the wrong legal action may lead to consequences you did not anticipate or want. When you come in for the initial case assessment meeting we will assess the complexity of your legal situation, help you identify your goals, inform you about you legal options and potential outcomes so that you can make informed decision about hiring a lawyer.
Yes, estate planning and other matters that are uncontested and limited in scope are billed as a flat fee. Adoptions are usually a one time fee. For adoptions of children from foster paid by adoption subsidy the payment is not due until the matter is complete and it will be submitted to the adoption subsidy at ADES.
The Firm’s normal business hours are 8:30-5:00 Monday – Friday. These are the times the phones are answered however, it is not the only times in which the attorney or staff are working and serving clients.
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We will first inquire about the type of legal matter. Our firm does not handle all types of cases. Next you’ll be asked your name and the opposing parties names. We need this to conduct a conflict check. In other words, to make sure the attorney does not have a prior relationship with any person involved in the case. If those are not barriers we will set an appointment, take your basic information, your payment and send you the intake packet.
For most cases you will be sent an intake form to fill out so the attorney has the information needed to assess your case. It will include, a list of documents you should bring with you. If you bring originals we will make a copy and return your originals. Don’t worry we’ll make sure you know what to bring.
The attorney will explain your legal options and the likely outcomes of each choice. It’s like creating a road map of the process so that you know what to expect. We will help you identify your goals and the legal option that will best accomplish your goals at the least expense. When you leave you will understand you current legal standing, your choices and what it will take to achieve the outcome you want.
Our office is located in Scottsdale but we can make arrangements to conduct meetings via phone or Skype. Generally, after the initial meeting the client will not need to come into the office because we can use digital document exchange. Our firm is committed to making the process easy and less stressful for you.