Frequently Asked Questions
Every case is different. Because of this, no exact predictions can be made as to how long a particular matter will take. Resolution of cases depends on the amount of discovery required, the schedule of the attorney, schedule of the parties and opposing counsel, schedule of the court, amount of assets, etc. The attorney will work with the client to assist in expectation management and the legal team will work to keep clients updated as to where clients are in the context of their particular matter.
Most of the time, potential clients will leave with a document called an Engagement Letter. This serves as the contract between the client and attorney, and is one of the two requirements to establishing the attorney-client relationship. The other requirement to establish the relationship is the retainer fee. The potential client will also be given instructions of the next steps to take after the consultation.
This is a frequently asked question when potential clients call to schedule consultations. Retainer fees are always set during the consultation based upon the type of case you have, location, number of parties involved, etc. You will most likely be quoted a retainer fee prior to leaving the consultation. The retainer fee is not required until you decide to hire our office to represent you. The engagement letter also will list other associated costs of your case so that you may be fully prepared to begin.
If you’ve been served with any paperwork regarding a case that’s already begun, or have documentation that demonstrates the basis for your case, please bring those with you. We ask that all clients and potential clients refrain from bringing children into the office for any consultation or appointment. We ask that children not come to the office for several reasons. In family law cases, the children are often the subject matter of the pending litigation. A lawyer and the potential client are discussing adult matters which are not appropriate for children. And lastly, the attorney cannot fully concentrate and give your case the full attention it requires if your child is in the office and needs supervision, or if the conversations must be edited. If children must come to your consultation or appointment, we only ask that you bring another adult to supervise your child in the lobby. Our staff cannot be responsible for supervising children.
A consultation is meant to determine whether this office is the best fit for your potential case, we offer free consultations. A consultation is an opportunity for you to meet with the attorney to discuss what steps would be involved in your case. During the consultation, the attorney will gather information and identify your main objectives.
Simply call our office at 931-528-7790, and tell the team member who answers the phone that you would like to schedule a consultation. They will ask you a few questions so that Ms. Miller will already have an idea of what will be discussed, and you can get the most out of your scheduled time. You will be asked to leave a secure number that we may use in order to confirm your appointment, or reschedule should the need arise. The team member will find a time that works with your schedule.