Jeffrey H. Minde, Esq.

Attorney and Counselor at Law, P.A.

4613 North University Drive # 242, Coral Springs, Florida 33067

TEL (954) 345-6465

FAX (954) 345-6465

Admitted to the Florida Bar

 

 ATTORNEY’S FEES AND WHY WE CHARGE THEM

 

“A Lawyer’s Time is His Stock In Trade”---Abraham Lincoln

 

 

 

Some of the most frequent questions clients have for their lawyers concern the billing of attorney fees for services rendered. We hope that this brief discussion helps to clarify any questions you may have regarding the policies of this Firm.

 

FEES IN GENERAL

 

When retaining an Attorney’s services you pay for the Attorney’s professional time spent on your behalf.  Unless the Attorney is hired on a Contingent Fee basis, payment is not based on the outcome of your matter.

 

Fees comprise our Firm’s general operating funds and pay our office expenses of rent, electric, telephones, business machines, supplies, legal research resources and all other costs of sustaining a law firm. We are required by the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar to subsume such expenses into our general operating funds. We are usually not permitted to charge any one Client for specific items such as a new printer (unless this is specified in the Fee Agreement). These outlays must come out of general operating funds. Therefore, part of the fee we collect from you is not Attorney compensation.

 

Most importantly, the fees we charge, and the general operating funds they create, are the basis of our paychecks, and go toward supporting and providing for our loved ones and ourselves in the same manner in which your weekly paycheck allows you to buy food and pay for the other necessities of living. This constitutes Attorney compensation.

 

HOURLY FEES

 

This Firm bills at a standard hourly rate of $300.00 dollars per hour. This standard hourly rate covers attorney time spent on your matter, including all aspects of the preparation of documents, telephone calls, person-to-person consultations, Court appearances and Court preparation time, travel, depositions, case research, file management, and other such activities.  This amount is billed “portal-to-portal.”  For example, a home visit to a client or a Courtroom appearance is considered to begin the moment the attorney leaves the office and ends the moment the attorney returns to the office.

 

Hourly fees are billed in tenth-of-an-hour increments, each increment equaling six minutes of legal time. Thus, a (0.1) notation on your invoice means that the attorney has spent up to six minutes on the task listed, a (0.2) means that six to twelve minutes were spent, and so on.  A (1.0) equals sixty minutes or one hour. 

 

FLAT FEES

 

Some matters, such as Will and Trust preparation can often be handled on a flat fee basis. Long experience in handling such matters allows us to estimate the approximate amount of time that will be used in Representing you.

 

Flat fees do not include Costs. In the event that your Representation exceeds the per hour equivalent of the flat fee this Firm reserves the right to charge additional fees based on the actual amount of additional time used.

 

COSTS

 

Costs are specific expenses incurred in the management of your matter, such as postage, telephone, courier services, copying, facsimile, and the like.  Every case incurs costs, whether they are the expenses of ink, paper, stamps and envelopes, or airline tickets and hotels and board for travel.

 

Some Costs are assessed by the Court or by third parties. The Court may require a filing fee for a lawsuit, or a Court Reporter may charge for her services. Expert Witnesses can charge a fee for their time as well.

 

While it is sometimes difficult to estimate some Costs due to the fact that they are dependent on the amount of activity in your file (such as postage), other Costs can frequently be estimated beforehand (such as Court filings). The Cost Deposit requested in your Retainer Agreement is meant to cover the basic expenses associated with beginning our Representation of you. You are expected to pay Costs as required. Costs are not Attorney compensation.

 

CONTINGENT FEES

 

Most often used in Personal Injury suits and by Personal Injury firms, Contingent fees are based upon the amount of money which you the client, receive as a result of your successful suit.  The lawyer may be entitled to as much as half or more of your recovery, depending on its size and the timing of the award. Contingency fees do not include Costs.

 

This Firm does not handle contingent matters. Our usual billing practices result in a cost savings to our clients.

 

RETAINERS

 

Retainers are fees paid to the Firm prior to the commencement of work or from time to time thereafter in order that we may continue work on your matter. For example, we may ask for $3,000.00 as a Retainer (or to renew a Retainer). This sum entitles you to ten hours of legal time at our standard hourly rate.

 

All retainers are nonrefundable and should be considered as expended upon our receipt of the funds. The amount of the Retainer entitles you to the equivalent amount of legal time at our standard hourly rate.  If you choose not to go forward, or fail to pay a requested Retainer, we will not continue Representing you.

 

Due to the nature of legal Representation we may find ourselves obligated to respond to the Court, Administrative Agency, or to adverse Counsel on your behalf so as not to prejudice your matter. Under those circumstances, it occasionally happens that Retainers become exhausted while work is ongoing. In that event, you become responsible for the payment of any overages which may accrue to your account. We will make every effort to advise you if such overages occur, but matters may sometimes progress so rapidly or with such complexity that this may not always be immediately possible. We appreciate your understanding and your cooperation in that event.

 

FAILURE TO PAY

 

Our Firm operates on a “pay-as-you-go” basis. If you do not make payments as requested we reserve the right not to continue our Representation of you. If you fail to make payment on fees owed this Firm reserves the right to lien your file until payment has been tendered. We may institute Collection or lawsuit activity at our discretion in order to collect.

 

This Firm no longer enters into payment plans. We regret not being able to offer this service any longer.

 

APPOINTMENT POLICY

 

This Firm's Consultation fee is $300.00 due at the time of the Consult. 24 hours notice is required if for any reason you must cancel. The Consultation fee must be paid in the event of your failure to provide 24 hours notice. 

 

As a courtesy this Firm provides in-home Consultation services to its Clientele in Broward County and Palm Beach County, Florida. We routinely handle long distance matters. If you live beyond Broward and Palm Beach we arrange to handle your matter via snail mail, email, facsimile and courier. Hearings can usually be set telephonically as well for most issues.

 

Information packets regarding Trusts and other services are available for purchase from the Firm. We provide a telephonic consultation with the purchase of your information packet. Should you then choose to Retain this Firm, the purchase price of the packet will be credited toward your Retainer. 

 

REFUND POLICY

 

Due to the fact that fees are used to meet our ongoing operating expenses our Firm does not refund fees already tendered (except for funds held on your behalf in escrow).  In the event that you wish to discontinue pursuing your matter, we will provide you with other legal services of a value equal to the amount you have already tendered. We will not return monies for work in progress or work already completed.

 

BILLING

 

All fees are due upon receipt of your invoice. This Firm maintains timesheets of all matters, and bills on a monthly basis (except on flat fee and contingency matters).  Fees and Costs are due upon request. 

INQUIRIES

 We warmly welcome inquiries about this Firm and its services.

 

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

Very truly yours,

 

Jeffrey H. Minde, Esq.

 

Jeffrey H. Minde, Esq.

Attorney and Counselor at Law

 

 

FIRM FEES AND COSTS

 

As of January 1, 2006

 

All Fees are calculated “Attorney Time Plus Costs.” This is only a guide. Fees are final only upon execution of the Retainer Agreement. Costs and Fees are otherwise subject to change without notice. Costs “as determined by the provider” are subject to change without notice at any time.

 

 

Attorney Fee………...............………………................................................……$300.00 PER HOUR CALCULATED PRO RATA IN TENTHS PER HOUR

 

Minimum Nonrefundable Cost Deposit Per Client Matter…..............………................................................…………………………..……$300.00

 

File Administrative Fee………................................................………………………………………….......………...……………$90.00 PER MONTH

 

Copying…………………………………………………………................................................…………….....……………………..$1.00 PER PAGE

 

Printing……………………….............……................................................……$1.00 PER PAGE OF FINALIZED DOCUMENT FOR DUPLICATE COPIES

 

Specialized Printing and Copying Services……………................………................................................…..…AS CHARGED BY SERVICE PROVIDER

 

Facsimile………………………….………………………………….....…………………..…………..................................................$1.00 PER PAGE

 

Notary Public……………………..……………………………………........................................................…….$5.00 PER APPLICATION OF STAMP

 

Long Distance (Any call requiring a “1” prefix)…………………………….........................................................……………… $0.50 PER MINUTE

 

Automobile Travel…………………………………………………………………….......................................................…$0.50 PER MILE PLUS FUEL

 

Tolls/Parking……………………….…………………………..........................................................….………AS CHARGED BY SERVICE PROVIDER

 

Airline Travel/Car Rental…………...…………………………….…............................................................…AS CHARGED BY SERVICE PROVIDER

 

Hotels……………………………….…...………………………….….......................................................……AS CHARGED BY SERVICE PROVIDER

 

Meals…………………………………….……..……………………….................................................…......AS CHARGED BY SERVICE PROVIDER   

 

Postage/Mailing Services…………….…………………………..........................................................……....AS CHARGED BY SERVICE PROVIDER

 

Courier Services………………………………..……………..……..........................................................…….AS CHARGED BY SERVICE PROVIDER

 

Expert/Court Reporter/Transcription/Process Server/Publication..................................................................AS CHARGED BY SERVICE PROVIDER

 

Specialized Research Services……………………………...........................................................……..….…AS CHARGED BY SERVICE PROVIDER

 

Filing Fees/Court Costs………........…………….……..……................................................………………………..AS DETERMINED BY THE COURT

 

Other Fees and Costs………………........…….………………….................................................…………………….AS DETERMINED BY THE FIRM

 

 

INITIAL STANDARD MINIMUM RETAINER SCHEDULE

(As of January 1, 2006)

 

This schedule is based upon our standard hourly fee. All Retainers are “plus costs.” Please note that this is only a guide, and that Retainers may vary from this schedule depending on the nature of your matter. Retainers are to be renewed before or upon exhaustion or by request. All retainers are non-refundable.

 

Incorporation With Standard Corporate Documents…………………………………......................…................................................…………..$500.00
 
Basic Estate Plan (Will and Protective documents)………....................…………………………................................................…………………$500.00

 

Non-standard Corporate Documents (Partnership Agreement/Other)......................……................................................…….……………$1,000.00

 

Inter Vivos Trusts/Insurance Trusts/Income Trusts/Revocable Living Trusts……………....................................................................………$1,000.00

 

Other Specialized Documents…………………………………........................……………………................................................…………………$1,500.00

 

Simplified Family Law Matters (Antenuptial/Name Change/Uncontested Dissolution)........................................................................…$1,500.00

 

Special Needs Trusts……………………………………………………………………….......................……................................................…….….$2,500.00

 

Court Approval of Trusts/Documents…………………………………………….......................………................................................……………$2,500.00

 

Social Security Matters/Insurance Company Matters…………………………………………......................................................................….$5,000.00

 

Guardianships/Guardian Advocacies………………………………………………......................................................................……………….$5,000.00

 

Adoptions..……………………………………………………………………………………………........................................................................……$5,000.00

 

Complex Family Law Matters (Dissolution/Downward Modification)………….…………….........................................................................$5,000.00

 

Misdemeanor Criminal Matters…………………………………………………………….........................................................................$2,000.00 and up

 

Felony Criminal Matters………………………………………………………….........................………................................................…..$5,000.00 and up

 
Litigations………………………….……………………………………………………........................................................................……….$5,000.00 and up

 

Other Matters Not Requiring Court Appearance………………………………………........................................................................$1,500.00 and up

 

Other Matters Requiring Court Appearance…………………….....................................................................……………………..….$3,000.00 and up

 

 

 

A MESSAGE TO OUR VALUED CLIENTS

(Firm Policies as of December 12, 2006)

 

Our Firm has adopted policies that we hope will result in better service to you. Please note that:

All contacts between your Attorney and you are confidential. 

Your Attorney is your Representative in regard to any and all issues relating to your legal matter. If you have Retained this Firm understand that your Counsel will take such action on your behalf to advance your cause and protect your rights as he or she determines to be correct and necessary. The Attorney will always act in accordance with his or her own independent professional judgement.  

You may make inquiry of your Attorney’s activities at any reasonable time, and you may proffer your opinions. The Attorney is not required by law or legal ethics to be bound by your opinions or requests if the Attorney feels that doing so would harm or not advance your case.

We attempt to return Client telephone calls within 48 hours whenever possible. Communication between Client and Attorney is crucial. We ask you to extend us the same courtesy.

If you disagree with your Attorney you do have the right to dismiss your Attorney. You will be responsible for any fees and costs due to date in that event. Retainers already paid will NOT be refunded.

The Retainer Agreement is a legally binding Contract. This Addendum forms part of your Retainer Agreement.

The terms of the Retainer Agreement are non-negotiable. Firm policies as set forth in this Addendum are subject to change without notice.

RETAINERS ARE NOT REFUNDABLE AND ARE TO BE TREATED AS IF EXHAUSTED UPON RECEIPT.

The relationship between you and your legal opponent is an adversarial one. Occasionally, circumstances dictate that your Attorney must act in an adversary fashionThis is part of the Attorney’s professional role. We have occasionally had clients who have asked us not to ‘antagonize’ opposing Counsel. Know that we believe that more flies are caught with honey than with vinegar, but from time to time vinegar is a necessary ingredient.

ABSOLUTELY AND UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD YOU SPEAK WITH UNKNOWN THIRD PARTIES REGARDING YOUR MATTER UNLESS YOUR ATTORNEY GIVES YOU PRIOR CONSENT TO DO SO. Do not allow well-meaning friends and relatives to discuss your case with anyone. This restriction applies to opposing counsel and their staff, police officers, court officials, insurance company employees, representatives of government agencies such as the social security administration or the internal revenue service, and any other persons unfamiliar to you regardless of how they identify themselves. Direct all such persons and inquiries to your Attorney. With the signing of this Retainer Agreement it becomes your Attorney’s responsibility to speak to third parties upon your behalf. Speaking directly with third parties may complicate or compromise your matter, irreparably harm your case, or create additional work and expense for you.  Under certain circumstances we may not be able to do adequate “damage control” as anything you say can be used against you in a Court of Law. “The nice new neighbor from down the block” could be an investigator hired by your opponent.  DO NOT SPEAK TO THIRD PARTIES ABOUT YOUR CASE!    

Your Attorney is authorized to undertake all reasonable actions on your behalf in regard to your matter. The Retainer Agreement allows the Attorney to speak with, make inquiry of, or make demand upon any third party involved in your matter for information that may assist you in presenting your case. The Attorney-Client relationship is one of trust and fiduciary responsibility. Your Attorney is your Agent.

Should you desire to limit the Attorney’s authority in any area please so advise the Attorney of your wishes in writing at this time. Certain limitations that you request may mean that we cannot effectively represent you. Advising your Counsel of such limitations after the fact causes confusion and difficulties and may cause a conflict of interest. In the event of a conflict of interest your Attorney is obligated by the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar to Withdraw from Representation.

This Firm accepts no responsibility for errors, omissions or delays caused by third parties including the Courts or other Governmental agencies. If we become aware of a difficulty, we will proceed with due diligence in attempting to resolve it, but we can make no guarantees regarding the actions of other parties or their results.

Your Attorney is a legal professional. This Firm prides itself on the fact that our Chief Counsel, Mr. Jeffrey H. Minde, Esq., has an extensive professional resume both as an Attorney and as a Social Worker.  Due to his extensive background as a special needs advocate, Mr. Minde has frequently been called upon to act in his capacity as an Expert both nationally and internationally. We try to bring empathy and understanding to your legal needs. We advise you that if you find yourself facing emotional stress due to your circumstances then you should seek out a psychotherapist’s aid. Mr. Minde will be glad to give you a referral. However, Mr. Minde cannot act both as a legal Counselor and as a mental health Counselor. The two roles frequently conflict, and Mr. Minde is duty bound as your Attorney to work as a legal professional first and foremost.

If you have questions regarding your Attorney’s qualifications and experience feel free to ask. All reasonable questions will be answered. We can provide you with a resume, a Firm history, and published articles regarding the Firm and its activities. Due to issues of Client Confidentiality and the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar we cannot provide references or disclose the names of clients. 

Attorneys may differ in their opinions much as Doctors do.  Attorneys are, in fact, holders of the Juris Doctor degree. Clients often approach us with or for “second opinions” on legal issues. We will always use our best professional judgment in proffering an answer. We will not be bound by any other Counsel’s interpretations. A difference in opinion does not indicate that one lawyer is “wrong” and the other “right.” As a rule, we do not critique the actions of other legal professionals. We have no way to fairly evaluate the experience or knowledge base of another Attorney, nor the circumstances under which a legal opinion was rendered. We can only proffer opinions based on our own expertise.  

There is no such thing as a legal emergency. Unless you have been hospitalized with a life-threatening illness or taken into police custody, there is no legitimate reason to contact your Attorney beyond our regular business hours, which are 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Thursday and 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM Fridays. We are closed on weekends and holidays except by appointment. Since we cannot respond to facsimiles and telephone calls at two AM, nor intercede with the Court on Sunday afternoons our facsimile and answering service will not be available at those times. We are sometimes out of the office due to legal and other commitments. We will make every attempt to return your calls as expeditiously as possible. We may have occasion to contact you after hours, particularly if a Court appearance is pending. If so, special arrangements will be made. Likewise, we attempt to accommodate our Clients as much as possible in regard to appointment setting and other such issues. However, we cannot and will not act upon demand.

Consultations are billed on a per hour basis.  Due to the highly specialized nature of much of the legal work this Firm undertakes we cannot provide free consultations. The types of cases that we handle necessitate that much of the information shared by you and the Attorney in the initial consultation is key to your continued Representation.  If you have Retained the Firm for the preparation of Estate Plan documents your initial meeting and Execution of the documents are included in the Attorney Fee.

Summaries or estimates of contemplated services are billed at our standard hourly rate.  Occasionally, we have been asked to provide explanatory correspondences of anticipated legal work, particularly in cases where third parties will be responsible for payment. Unfortunately, there have been instances where individuals have failed to provide agreed payment for this service. All such preliminary work must be prepaid.

If for any reason you should decide not to go forward with your matter you will be responsible for payment on a pro rata hourly basis for any legal time expended, including the initial consultation.

Fees are not subject to negotiation, discount, barter, or reduction.

You are not paying for a specific outcome to your matter, you are compensating the Attorney for his or her professional time. Payment for our services is not determined by or dependent upon a specific outcome. We will do our best to Represent you responsibly and effectively. However, we can make no guarantees regarding the effectiveness of any action or the outcome of any activity. We cannot give guarantees regarding “how long” a matter may take, or “how much” it may cost to come to conclusion.

Professional time expended on your matter includes both or either tangible work product such as documents and telephone calls and intangible work product such as research and consultation.

It is your responsibility to ensure that all documents provided by this Firm are properly executed. Failure to do so may cause irreparable harm such as the loss of governmental benefits. Your Attorney will give you specific instructions regarding the execution of your documents. If you have questions regarding the language or purpose of any document, please ask. 

Retainers are based upon payment for Attorney time. The amount of any initial Retainer and/or Cost Deposit requested is based upon this Firm’s estimate of the complexity of your matter. The time required to handle your matter may exceed the amount of any initial Retainer or Cost Deposit based upon the circumstances of your particular matter.

Retainers must be paid prior to the commencement or continuation of any work. Retainers for any Court appearances MUST be paid prior to the Hearing date. If the Retainer is not paid in advance we cannot appear on your behalf.

We cannot accommodate Representation on a “Past Due” basis. Regretfully, there have been some individuals over the years who have neglected to pay for authorized work, or have even relocated without advising this Firm of their intentions. This Firm has been forced to institute legal action to recover fees from these individuals. We are taking all reasonable precautions to avoid a repeat of such occurrences in the future. 

Billing is done on a monthly basis for all clients.  All clients will receive a monthly Statement for services. You will be required to pay the Amount Due, if any, upon receipt. We are hopeful that this will be more amenable to you, as “overages” of legal time, when they do occur, will be minimized.

We cannot enter into payment plans. All Fees requested must be paid in advance. We require payment in advance of any work being completed.  Fees and Costs are non-negotiable. We regret not being able to accommodate you in this area.

If you have an existing Retainer, the monthly amount due will be charged off against your Retainer until the Retainer is exhausted. At that time, a new Retainer will be requested. If you do not have an existing Retainer, or your Retainer is exhausted, you will be required to pay any Past Due balance immediately. Payment will bring you current. Future work will be dependent upon a replenished Retainer.

All Retainers are nonrefundable and are to be considered as if exhausted upon receipt. As Retainers are used to pay ongoing office operating expenses and salaries, we cannot provide refunds. If your matter concludes and you have a remaining Retainer, the Firm will credit you that amount toward any future legal work.
 
If you do not choose to replenish your Retainer, your Representation will end immediately. The hours of legal service to which you are entitled will be the equivalent of the per hour fee requested. Failure to pay any past due balance will result in our immediate Withdrawal from Representation. A lien will be placed against your file. We reserve the right to institute legal action if fees and costs are not paid timely. We ask your cooperation in paying for all services promptly.

Your Legal Representation is limited only to the specific matter or task and the amount of time for which the Firm has been Retained as set forth on the Cover Sheet. Payment of a Retainer does not infer or imply perpetual legal services in relation to that matter or task. Issues arising subsequent to the completion of the matter for which this Firm has been Retained will be billed accordingly at the discretion of the Firm.

In order to minimize your expenses we will not intercede on matters for which we have not been Retained. A new Retainer will be required for Representation on matters for which this Firm has not been specifically Retained. Additional Representation and/or a separate matter will require a separate Retainer Agreement.

This Firm reserves the right to charge for services not contemplated by the Initial Retainer. Occasionally, due to circumstances beyond our control, an activity may take more Legal time than estimated, such as a delayed Courtroom appearance or a protracted Real Estate closing. This Firm may, at its discretion, elect to charge our standard hourly rate for additional time.

All fees paid in furtherance of Litigation or Appeal are nonrefundable. Should you, the Court or the opposing Party choose to Dismiss or otherwise adjourn the matter we cannot refund fees, costs or Retainers already tendered.

We attempt to accommodate former clients’ occasional inquiries as a courtesy. However, there have been instances where such inquiries have consumed considerable Legal time. This Firm may, at its discretion, elect to charge our standard hourly rate for additional time.

Costs are not Attorney compensation. Costs (such as Postage, Long Distance, Copying, Notary Stamps, Court Filings, Fuel and Mileage, Research, Experts, and the like) are assessed for every matter separately from any Retainer you may have paid.  This amount will be assessed against your Cost Deposit, if any, or billed monthly. Costs are separate from Legal Fees. Costs help defray the expenses of managing your matter on your behalf.

Expedited handling of your matter is available at additional expense, and requires prepayment of all Fees and Costs as determined by the Firm. Expedited delivery of documents will be handled by email or facsimile.

Experts are occasionally Retained by this Firm during the course of your Representation to verify research or provide additional specialized information regarding some aspect of your matter.  Your personal identifying information will remain confidential at all times. We reserve the right to Consult with outside Experts as necessary to advance your matter. Experts may choose to charge at their discretion. In that event, we will advise you of any additional Costs incurred. Reasonable and ordinary Expert Costs will be charged against your Cost Deposit or billed accordingly. In situations where you must be personally identified or the Expert may provide extensive Consultation, written reports or Court testimony, you will be consulted regarding the Expert’s purpose and fees, and we will request your prior agreement before Retaining the Expert. 

Failure to pay Fees and Costs due will result in our immediate Withdrawal from Representation. According to the Rules Regulating the Florida Bar we have the right to place a lien and retain your file until payment is received and cleared by us. Continued nonpayment will subject you to Collections and/or suit, including money Damages, Costs and Attorney Fees.

Interest will now be assessed on all past due balances at 1.5% per month beginning thirty days after presentation of the bill. Balances Past Due will be subject to submission to Collections or legal action at the discretion of the Firm.

Every continuing matter will now have a monthly Administrative Fee assessed, equal to (0.3) hours of time, to cover the costs and expenses of file management.  This amount will be assessed against your existing Retainer or Cost Deposit, or billed, as your individual situation requires. This amount will be assessed from the time we undertake Representation until payment of the Final Invoice.

The subject of consultations between Attorney and Client will be followed up with a written confirmation whenever practical. 

All agreements to undertake legal work, estimates of time and costs, requests for additional Retainers, and Invoicing will be accompanied by a written Memorandum, setting forth the nature of the work and the requested Retainer amount. No work will be undertaken without such a Memorandum accompanied by payment. We hope to minimize any confusion regarding expenses in this way.
 
We have adopted a policy of making “house calls” in some areas of Broward and Palm Beach Counties. Given that so many of our clients have Special Needs, we are glad to be able to offer this service to you.  We may, at our discretion, add travel time and expenses to any Consultation fee.
 
If this Firm has been Retained to provide non-legal Advocacy assistance, Expert services or Document preparation services only, we are not permitted to provide legal advice. In such circumstances it is the responsibility of the Client to consult with area Counsel. The provision of advise and counsel is limited to the specific terms of the Retainer Agreement, and only in States where members of this Firm are admitted to the Bar.

Referrals to other professionals can be provided when requested or needed. The provision of a Referral does not imply any surety of service, relationship with, responsibility for, or endorsement of the actions, ethics, policies and professional standing of other practitioners.

We no longer accept credit card payments.

In accordance with a frequent request of our clients, we can keep duplicate originals of all Estate Plan documents prepared for you, including Special Needs Trusts.

These policies exist to streamline our Practice and to make our Representation of you more efficient. We are looking forward to serving you better as a result. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. It is our pleasure to serve your legal needs.

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