At Davis, Freudenberg, Day & Galli, we're proud of our reputation for accessibility by our clients. We understand that legal needs may arise quickly. Having access to an appointment with a lawyer early is often important and will put you at ease. We strive to provide you access to a lawyer within 24 hours.
Consultations by telephone are available. Our courteous and experienced staff is always here to help you understand our services, arrange a consultation with one of our lawyers, or discuss fee arrangements.
Your First Meeting
When you first meet with a lawyer, we recommend that you bring all pertinent information about your issue including letters, bills, contracts, accident reports, or police reports. We also suggest that you bring names, telephone numbers, claim numbers, or similar information that could apply to your problem.
This information is particularly important when concerning witnesses to events pertinent to the matter. We've found it helpful for clients to prepare a written narrative or write down in detail any complex events or transactions. This will help you organize your thoughts about your problem and makes your meeting with our lawyers more effective and rewarding.
We attempt to promptly return all phone calls. Sometimes a lawyer may be in court or they could be meeting with other clients and unable to return a call in a timely manner. We hope our clients understand and feel free to call back to discuss their matter with our staff. They can often provide answers to your questions quicker. If for some reason your call was not returned, we encourage you to call again.
We want to make sure our clients understand and are comfortable with our fee policies from the beginning. Abraham Lincoln, a country trial lawyer long before he became our 16th President, stated: “A lawyer’s time is his stock in trade.”
Fee Arrangement Depends On The Type Of Legal Problem
1. Contingent fees:
Contingent fees are paid only in the event of a successful outcome. This type of fee arrangement is used in cases such as insurance claims for injuries or property damages. For these cases, we typically advance the costs of bringing the claim even though the client stays responsible for reimbursing those expenses usually out of any settlement. For most insurance claims, FREE first interviews are available.
2. Hourly fees:
This fee arrangement is for a pre-set hourly rate to be charged for the time spent working on the problem. The problem can be a divorce, property line dispute, real estate transaction, or many other different legal matters.
We strive to provide a reasonable estimate of the potential cost to solve your legal problem. Hourly rates reflect the experience of your lawyer, the nature of your problem, and the cost of maintaining our law office with staff, technology, and supplies. When facing legal problems, we encourage our clients to consider budgeting an amount to cover their legal expenses, depending on the importance of the matter.
3. Flat fees:
Occasionally we’re able to perform certain legal services for a set fee, determined in advance. We commonly prepare wills and trusts for a flat fee. We also might agree to handle a court matter with a particular client for a flat fee, such as a ticket for driving under the influence.
Retainers are a down payment toward your attorney fee bill. For hourly or flat fee cases, they’re typically required depending on the nature of your case. A large amount of the retainer will often be immediately paid out to the court to cover filing fees or to an investigator or process server.
A lawyer may agree to perform “unbundled” services in limited situations. “Unbundling” means dividing legal representation into a comprehensive series of specific tasks, only some of which you will contract the lawyer to perform. Unbundling is about limiting the scope of your lawyer’s representation to the areas or projects you want most.
4. Written fee agreements:
For most cases, our clients sign a specific fee arrangement that will explain the financial relationship with us. We encourage your questions about our fee agreements — contact us