Questions I am frequently asked
are:Do you charge for your consultations?
Yes. I usually
charge a reduced rate for a one-hour initial consultation. How do
you handle the initial consultation?
We get into the facts of your
case. I ask questions based on the law. Then I assess the strengths and
weaknesses of your situation and guide you in the best approach to take to it.
Then I estimate how much I think your matter should cost if you want to move
forward with it. top of
pageHow is that different from other
I ask lots of questions to get as many facts as possible.
The more information you give me, the better I can assess your case. Many
cases, especially employment ones, boil down to a few crucial facts. Getting
down to them takes time. It may even take longer than an hour. But even if you
only want to limit the consultation to one hour (because of my reduced rate for
it), we strategize your best-case and worst-case scenarios. My goal is to give
you powerful information so that you can make your best decision. top of pageCan't I get
that information from the internet?
The internet is a valuable
resource. You can get familiar with legal terms and issues and find the answers
to many legal questions. But they may not apply to your case. Each state's law
is different. You have to make sure you are finding South Carolina law. Even
then, what you read may not be right. I've seen many websites that don't
accurately state the law. Still, learning as much as you can before the initial
consultation makes better use of our time and your money. top of pageWould you
charge only a contingency fee for my case?
No. I cannot charge a
contingency fee in family law cases, except in a few rare circumstances. In
employment cases, I charge a mixed fee based on my hourly rate and a
contingency fee. I explain how that works in the initial consultation.
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Do you charge a retainer?
Yes. I charge a retainer in all of my cases,
even employment ones. The amount depends on each case and represents a sizeable
investment from you in your own case and future. The more you are invested, the
better team we make. top of
pageSo, you mean I have to pay for the initial
consultation even if you tell me that I don't have a case?
even if you don't have a lawsuit, you may still be able to salvage your job,
your marriage, or take steps to minimize damage or exposure in your current
situation. I guide you through alternatives that may be available to you.
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you do phone consultations?
Generally, no. If you are local, it's best
to come in and bring your paperwork with you for me to review. If you cannot
come in, we can make arrangements for a phone conference. top of pageHow do the
I deposit your retainer into my firm's escrow (trust)
account. That means, it remains your money until my assistant or I perform work
on your case or we've incurred costs on your behalf. I then earn that amount
and transfer it from escrow. We let you know what your retainer balance is so
that it does not go below a certain amount, based on each case. If there is any
money left over that has not been used, I refund it to you. This is set out in
the fee contract that both you and I sign.top of pageWhat kind of costs do I have to
These are set out in the fee contract that both you and I sign.
They include court filing fees, motion fees, process server expenses, long
distance phone calls, and others.top