The purpose of a free consultation is to determine whether your issue is one which Brown Law PLC may be of assistance. There are a number of questions that have to be answered in the initial consultation:
- Is the matter within Brown Law PLC’s practice areas of business, real estate, construction, criminal or family law?
- Would Brown Law PLC have a conflict of interest which would prohibit the firm from representing you?
- Is there a way we can help?
- Is it a situation where it even makes sense to hire a lawyer?
The initial consultation usually takes place by telephone. If the matter passes each of the questions above, then the usual next step is an office visit. The office visit may or may not be free, depending on the circumstances. In general, it will be free if the attorney believes they need more information to make a decision whether to take your case. However, if the initial telephone call establishes all that is necessary to determine Brown Law PLC will take your case, then the next visit is usually charged. Brown Law PLC will tell you whether a follow up office appointment will be charged.
Finally, please understand that there are no free consultations for divorce matters. This is necessary due to the widespread practice of attorney shopping performed by certain individuals seeking to disqualify other counsel from representing their spouse in a divorce proceeding. Therefore, all divorce consultations are for a set fee which will be applied against the required retainer if Brown Law PLC is hired.