Frequently Asked Questions

GENERAL INFORMATION

The following questions are ones we are regularly asked by potential clients. If you should have questions other than those included below, please contact us for further information.

Do I need an appointment?
You are strongly encouraged to make an appointment in advance of your visit to ensure that an attorney is available to meet with you.  There are times when we can accommodate walk-ins.  However, without an appointment, there is a strong possibility that the attorney will be another client, in court, mediation or attending to another commitment.   Please call to arrange an appointment at a time that is convenient for you.

Do you accept credit cards?
Yes. At this time we accept VISA and MASTERCARD for retainer and bill payments.

What is the cost for an initial consultation?
For referrals through Houston Lawyer Referral Service and many common legal issues, the initial ½ hour consultation fee is only $20.    For highly specialized matters such as copyrights and trademarks, the initial consultation may have a slightly higher cost.  Please call to discuss.  Although we accept credit card payments from clients who have engaged this firm, we request that any initial consultation fees be paid by check.

What is a retainer?
A retainer is a sum of money a client deposits with the firm.  In most common situations, the retainer is applied toward attorney fees and other costs as they accrue for a client’s case.   There are other situations where a retainer is paid to ensure the attorney’s availability for a specified matter since the attorney will forego other employment so as to be available to work on client matters.   This may vary from case to case based on each client’s needs.  We can discuss during your initial consultation.

What billing arrangements do you offer?
In most cases, the attorney or other service providers’ services are billed at an hourly rate.  Billable time accrues in 1/10-hour increments.  For certain kinds of cases, alternative-billing arrangements including contingency fee arrangements may be available.  We can discuss during your initial consultation.

What is a contingency fee?
When a case is accepted on a contingency basis, it means you will not pay any attorney’s fees unless we successfully negotiate a settlement on your behalf or win your case at trial. You may be responsible for specific costs including filing fees and other out-of-pocket costs.  Should we prevail, the contingency fee will be a specific portion of the recovery. There is no fee in your case if it is not settled or won at trial. Contingency fees vary depending upon the nature of your case. Please contact us to discuss your case and the applicable fee structure.

Is there a reason to contact an attorney immediately?
By waiting too long, you may lose some or all of your legal rights.  All cases involve sensitive, legal deadlines known as Statute of Limitations.  Moreover, it is important to allow your attorney the opportunity to obtain and evaluate critical evidence that may disappear as time goes by.

How long will it take to resolve my case?
Every case has its own time frame. Many variables affect the speed at which a case is resolved including the nature and complexity of the issues, conduct of opposing parties and their attorneys, required participation of third parties and witnesses, availability of evidence, changes in circumstance and other factors.  Nevertheless, some cases settle before a lawsuit is filed and others can take two or more years before being resolved.

COMMON LEGAL QUESTIONS

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