SHOULD I PAY AN ATTORNEY FOR A FAMILY LAW CONSULTATION?
In our experience, most family law attorneys charge for an initial family law consultation. Attorneys typically bill by the hour for family law cases. Because attorneys “sell” their time, the cost of the consultation will vary. Some law firms set the consultation fee based on the attorney’s hourly rate (ex: the cost depends on how long the consultation takes) and other firms charge a flat fee for the initial consultation. The initial consultation fee pays for the attorney’s time. Think of the last time your dentist, primary care doctor/physician, or other professional offered to spend an hour with you discussing your problem and giving you options without charging you for their time. At Lee Law Firm, LLC, we believe the initial family law consultation is critical for potential clients. During the consultation, the attorney will listen to the facts surrounding your case, discuss the law with you, and strategize with you on how best to achieve your goals. It is our mission to educate our clients about the laws in South Carolina so that you can make the best decisions for your case. We know that family law is not one size fits all. The initial consultation gives you a chance to gain insight into your case and determine if our firm would be the best fit for you. The attorney will also explain the next steps and provide you with a quote for moving forward with the case (an “initial retainer”). Call us at 1-843-474-0614 (Must Dial the “1” First) or 1-800-996-0683 to schedule your one-on-one consultation with an experienced South Carolina family law attorney.
I KNOW EXACTLY WHAT I NEED, SO CAN SOMEONE FROM YOUR OFFICE JUST QUOTE ME OVER THE PHONE?
While it may seem like you know what you need, family law cases are extremely fact specific and there may be options that are better for you that you did not even know to ask about. We have learned that the initial consultation is the best place for the attorney to get all of the preliminary information necessary to give you the best possible advice. Giving advice over the phone without knowing all of the facts could lead to disaster. Paralegals, Receptionists, and other non-lawyers are not allowed to give legal advice, and it is our strict firm policy that they cannot give legal advice.
WHAT CAN A LAWYER TELL ME THAT GOOGLE CANNOT – I SEEM TO FIND A LOT OF INFORMATION THAT WAY?
Google and online search engines are great places to do some initial research about your case, but they are definitely not a substitute for real legal advice. Most of what you will find online is generic and non-specific to your case and your facts. Law comes in many forms. What most people think of as the law are statutes that are enacted by the government. The United States has federal laws, and each individual state has laws that directly impact your case. Perhaps more important than the actual statutes is the case law. When the local county court Judge or Jury issues a verdict in a case, that case ruling can be appealed. The first appeal in South Carolina Family Court cases generally goes to the state Court of Appeals in Columbia, SC. The Court of Appeals reads the case file, briefs submitted by counsel for both parties, and sometimes hears oral argument on the issues. Then the Court issues an opinion interpreting the law (statute) as it is applied to the facts of the case. If the parties are not satisfied with the Court of Appeals ruling, they can appeal to the South Carolina Supreme Court (also in Columbia, SC). Some cases can even be appealed to the United State Supreme Court. These rulings by the appellate courts (Court of Appeals and Supreme Court) create case law that tells the lower courts how they must rule on future cases. Lawyers go to law school to learn how to read statutes and case law and apply them to their client’s facts. In most states to become a lawyer, you must go to college and get a bachelor’s degree, go to three (3) years of law school, and take a state bar exam.
IF I DO NOT HIRE YOU, HAVE I WASTED MY MONEY?
It can be frustrating to think that you may have a paid consultation with an attorney and not hire him or her, but it is not a waste of money. During the consultation, we will give you legal advice and help you strategize on ways to get the best outcome in your case. We may offer advice or solutions that you did not even know were possible. It is our goal to make the consultation experience beneficial to you. The initial consultation fee is $195.00 flat rate for one (1) hour. We can do consultations in person or over the phone. We frequently represent people living out of state and overseas; it is not “required” that you personally come in to our office. If you decide that we are not the best fit for you, we can offer you a list of referral sources that may be able to help you. It is our goal to make the divorce consultation experience beneficial to you. Before you move out the house, make any “confessions”, move your children to another city or state, move money out of accounts, or take other important steps, please consult with a family law lawyer. These decisions can have lasting impacts on your case. Call our office today at 1-843-474-0614 (Must Dial the “1” First) or 1-800-996-0683 (Toll-Free) to schedule a consultation with an experienced South Carolina family law attorney and get the information you need to make important life decisions.
Contact our family law office in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, for the effective representation you need and deserve to resolve your legal issues.
With a primary office on Hilton Head Island, in Beaufort County, South Carolina, and additional meeting space locations throughout South Carolina’s Lowcountry, Lee Law Firm, LLC, is able to help you through the rigorous process of going through a divorce or other family law matter. Please contact us with your legal concerns by telephone. With our services at your disposal, you can rest assured that your legal issues will be dealt with timely and effectively, and handled by an experienced professional.
Please feel free to call us at 1-843-474-0614 (local – (You Must Dial the “1” First)) or 1-800-996-0683 (toll-free).
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Office Information: Our primary office location is 37 New Orleans Road, Suite V, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, 29928. We are located in Orleans Plaza on the South End of Hilton Head Island, near the Sea Pines Circle, on the second floor. We are able to meet with clients and handle family law, custody, and divorce cases throughout the state of South Carolina. Additional contact information is available on the Contact Us link on this website. Dustin Lee, Esq.