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What You Need To Know About Our Consultations
We always begin with a consultation, during which we will ensure that we understand why you think you may need a lawyer and we will explain how the law applies to your situation. You will leave the consultation with an understanding of the law, your rights and obligations, and the options and strategies available to you.
Unfortunately, we do not offer free consultations. This is because we structure our consultations for maximum value and effectiveness. They are designed to be comprehensive enough that, in many cases, you can walk away with enough information to resolve the issue without further involvement on our part, thereby saving you any additional costs. Legal advice is what we sell, so it is hard to justify giving it away for free.
Our consultation is a fixed-fee process that involves reviewing the background and up to one hour of meeting time. The fee will depend on the level of experience of the lawyer you meet with, and will be fully disclosed and mutually agreed upon prior to meeting.
However, we are pleased to say that as of October 2020, we have adopted a new policy where if you retain us to continue to advise and represent you after the Consultation, we will credit the full Consultation fee.
No. At the conclusion of the consultation, you can decide whether you want to retain Rudner Law to advise and represent you as you move forward or not. By that time, we will have discussed your situation, options and strategies, as well as how our fees work. If you choose to retain us, we will provide you with a Retainer Agreement confirming the terms of our relationship.
This is required in order for our firm to “open a file” and work with you. The Retainer Agreement will set out the reason you are retaining us, any specific scope or terms we have agreed upon, how our fees and billing work, and how our relationship will work.
We will consider a contingency arrangement in appropriate circumstances. In order to assess the circumstances and determine whether a contingency arrangement is appropriate, we would have to have the initial consultation first.
That said, we do like to find alternatives to the billable hour. Some tasks, such as contract reviews, lend themselves well to fixed-fee arrangements. When possible, we will discuss alternative billing arrangements with you.
The Consultation Process
When we work with an individual, we almost always begin with a formal consultation. Ideally, this is a meeting by video conference, although we can arrange an in-person meeting or telephone meeting as well.
Our consultation is a fixed-fee process that involves up to one hour of meeting time, in addition to the time that we spend reviewing the information that you provide to us in advance. During the meeting, we will:
- Review your situation,
- Explain the law,
- Analyze how the law applies to your situation, and
- Discuss your options and potential strategies.
The goal is to ensure that by the end of the consultation you will have an understanding of:
- The legal principles involved,
- Your rights and obligations, and
- The options and strategies available to you.
This includes an assessment of the most efficient and cost-effective manner of proceeding to protect your rights. You will leave the consultation with an understanding of the law, your rights and obligations, and the options and strategies available to you.
When you contact our firm, our staff will ask preliminary questions in order to understand the nature of the situation. We can then recommend the lawyer or lawyers that can best serve your needs and schedule the consultation. We will also tell you exactly what information and documentation we will need in order to properly understand and assess your case.
The fee will depend on the level of experience of the lawyer that you meet with.
We have successfully advised and represented hundreds of individuals with respect to their employment law concerns. The worst thing that you can do is nothing; as we often say, “if you think you may need an Employment Lawyer, then you probably do”.
Seeing a lawyer may seem like an unnecessary expense, but we have never had someone tell us that they regretted coming in for a consultation. We will work with you to ensure that you understand your rights and where appropriate, we will represent you to pursue a positive outcome, either through negotiation or litigation.
Our core values should give you a better sense of who we are and how approach the practice of law:
- Give our client what they need
- You are a client, not a file
- Educate and Advise
- We will be your Trusted Advisor
- Reasonably Aggressive or Aggressively Reasonable
- Using Technology to be more efficient
- No Surprises
- Reasonable Billing
- Local, yet global