The Attorney’s Billable Hour.

The Billable Hour Law firms have different methods of charging for their services. Some may offer flat fees, some rely on contingent fees where they are only compensated for their work if they win, but the most common way law firms charge is by the billable hour. What is universal among law firms though, is a fee agreement outlining the terms of their retention. As a client it is important to understand the fee agreement and understand your financial obligations under that agreement when retaining an attorney. Fee agreements usually outline billing practices of each firm and break down the Continue Reading…

Top 6 Frequently Asked Legal Questions Answered

I hear a vast variety of legal questions during my free family law consultations with potential clients. Some are individual, but some seem to follow reoccurring themes. The following are the top 6 frequently asked legal questions answered in a blog: Are you a Tiger? Other variations on this question include, “Are you aggressive?” And “Are you a Warrior Lawyer?” The gist is that people tend to want a fighter on their side. When they are feeling uncertain and vulnerable in the face of a new and contentious legal situation, they want someone who is able to fight for them. Continue Reading…

Should you hug your family law attorney?

To Hug? Or Not to Hug your family law attorney? That is the question. On the one hand, a family law attorney is a seasoned professional. Someone who went to years of post-graduate school, passed the bar exam and endured years of grueling training. This person is most likely driven, competitive, professional, impressive (possibly even intimidating) and confident. When you hire an attorney, you expect them to be competent and assertive. Some attorneys would be offended at the informality of hugging – or at the very least, the assumption that all women attorneys are huggers. Female attorney, Deanne M. Koll Continue Reading…