What are your office hours?
Whenever possible, we try to keep flexible office hours so that people can find time to see us without having to lose time from work. The building is open from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Will I receive a free consultation?
If you are shopping for an attorney and wish to come in simply to introduce yourself and learn a little about our firm, we will not charge you for our time. However, especially in domestic relations matters, we find that it takes considerable time to determine exactly what needs to be accomplished and what the issues are before we can establish how much our retainer fee should be. Often, we have to give preliminary advice. Therefore, we have a policy of charging an initial consultation fee. Please contact our office to find out more about our fee. Sometimes people simply come to us for our opinion, not intending to hire us for further action. In those cases, we simply charge our customary hourly rate.
How long will my consultation last?
Generally, initial consultations last between 1 and 2 hours.
Can you help me with legal matters other than family law and estate planning matters?
We make a point of informing you in the retainer agreement itself that, unless separately engaged, we will not represent you in any other legal matter, related or not. However, our firm may well be able to assist you with other legal needs. Certainly, you should tell us about those needs, because, even if we do not handle those areas of law, we may have good sources of referrals for you.
Will both partners be working on my case?
Generally, only one partner will work on your case. However, sometimes one of us will need the assistance of the other, or even of someone outside the firm, for example, to make an appearance in court on your behalf. Occasionally there is so much going on in a case that the tasks need to be assigned to more than one attorney in order to manage the time constraints.