Over the years, we have come to understand that there are some basic questions most clients would like answered by their attorney. The following are some of the most frequently asked questions:
First and foremost you can expect and have confidence that your attorney will honor the attorney/client relationship and keep your conversations confidential. You can also expect and have confidence that your attorney will discuss all aspects of your case with you, weigh the strengths and weaknesses of your case, and provide you with legal counsel so that you can make a decision on how to proceed. No one, including your attorney, can guarantee a specific outcome to any case. However, we will guarantee you that we will provide you with reliable, trustworthy, and exceptional representation.
Normally, the first consultation is not free. You will be charged for all initial consultations except for those relating to personal injuries, workers compensation claims, and medical malpractice claims.
In all estate planning, wills, probate, residential/commercial foreclosure, and business matters, you will be asked to make an initial retainer fee deposit. In most residential home purchase or sale transactions, the fees are collected at closing. We will provide you with a written client retainer letter outlining the financial terms and scope of representation undertaken on your behalf by our firm. You will be requested to review and sign the letter accepting the terms of representation. You will be asked to return the signed letter with the requested retainer before any work begins.
You will be billed on a monthly basis for all work performed or in progress. If money is on deposit in the client retainer account, these funds will be applied to your outstanding bill. If insufficient money is on deposit, you will be expected to make additional retainer deposits sufficient to cover your outstanding balance and any future anticipated work to be performed. If any funds remain in your account at the end of our attorney/client relationship, you will receive a prompt refund.
Upon your death, you cannot guarantee that your loved ones will receive the benefit of your hard work and assets unless you have deliberately engaged in estate planning while you were alive. This process includes a review of your assets, determining how your assets are titled, and deciding how you want them to be distributed upon your death. After this review, a distribution plan is developed. Your attorney will then draft a Will and other supporting documents (if needed) to implement your estate plan. With the proper planning and drafting of estate plan documents you can avoid the very costly process of probating a Will. If you fail to address these issues during your lifetime, the state of Illinois will do it for you after you die. Additionally, Powers of Attorney can be drafted to avoid the future necessity of going to court to have a guardian of your person or estate appointed if you become disabled.
Unless you have the legal expertise to understand and select the best business entity (C-corporation, S-Corporation, LLC, partnership, or proprietorship) to accomplish your business objectives, it is imperative that you retain a qualified business attorney. Whether you are a sole proprietor or one of a group of investors starting a business, the complexities of the organizational structure to be used to achieve the most beneficial tax treatment and management flexibility of your business requires the knowledge of a legal expert to walk you through the process. Decisions made poorly while planning the start up of a business can seal its failure before it starts.