Do You Charge for an Initial Consultation?

The answer is "yes" I do generally charge for an initial consultation. My time is valuable and this is what I do for a living. I have invested much time and money in the study of the law to acquire the training and experience necessary to address your problems; my office overhead continues daily whether I am physically present or not.

I do not answer questions or give professional legal advice until I have had an opportunity to meet and interview you and to review any and all relevant documents that you may present. Hence, I will not do these things over the telephone or in response to written submission including emails. So, please do not ask to do so.

I do not know whether or not you actually do require my assistance until after I have had this opportunity to meet and discuss your specific needs. This interview is dedicated to and focused solely on addressing your legal issues and whether or not I am the lawyer who can best meet your exact needs. I am a professional and you are receiving a valuable service — one for which you should expect to pay. Remember the old adages: "If it's 'free', that is probably because it's not worth anything", or "If something seems too good to be true (i.e. 'free'), then it probably is". So, do not ask me for a free initial consultation.

By now, you are probably asking yourself "well OK, he charges for his initial consultation; how much is that charge likely to be?"

My basic initial consultation fee is $150.00 for a 30-minute consultation. If the time required is more than 30 minutes, or if there are several documents that need reviewing, then the charge will likely be higher. If you decide to retain me to represent you, the initial consultation fee itself will likely be WAIVED/included in the Retainer Fee.

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