I’ve been practicing law now for over twenty-four (24) years. On one level, it doesn’t feel like a long time at all. Yet, on another, when I see how young I look in the photos of my swearing in, way back in August of 1992, I realize it’s been a very long time indeed. I’m a bit fatter, grayer, balder, and, older now.
When I started as an attorney, I had three basic goals in mind, all of pretty much equal value: to learn something new every day, to help people, and to earn a decent living. I think this is pretty much what every human being wants from their lives. For twenty-four years, I’ve mostly been able to live that kind of life.
Over the past several years, I’ve been noticing an ominous trend that only seems to get worse with every passing day, week, month, and year. It’s gotten particularly bad in the past six months. What that happens to be is a client base that can afford my services.
In the past six months, I’ve been contacted almost daily by people who simply cannot afford an attorney – and then take their chances by going to court without the benefit of legal representation. You can pretty much imagine how that turns out. Not well, generally.
What bothered me most was knowing that I could help these people but that there just was not a meeting of the minds on the retainer. So, as the economy worsened, I was slowly becoming an attorney with fewer and fewer clients as clients seemed to have less and less money. I was becoming underemployed and potential clients were being unrepresented. This flew in the face of everything I stood for. There had to be a solution.
And there is.
The solution is simple and was staring me in the face all along. In fact, the solution is so elegant, it’s captured by three words: Sliding Scale Retainers. If some of my potential clients are poor, that doesn’t mean they should go to court unrepresented. Just the opposite. Those are precisely the kind of people who require legal representation the most. So, these people need an attorney and I need clients. There has to be a meeting of the minds somewhere. And there is.
In the past year, I’ve been thinking about ways to reach more people, especially those people who need legal representation the most. So, at least with regard to child support matters, my retainers are now completely negotiable. Let’s make a deal! I will do everything in my power to find a way to represent you so that you will be able to afford legal representation in family court. Granted, I sure can’t work for free, but I’m pretty sure we can find a way to negotiate an arrangement that benefits both of us.
So, in addition to continuing the spectacularly successful free one (1) hour consultations, my legal retainers for child support matters are now completely open to negotiation. Make me an offer. I’ll make a counter offer. And I’m reasonably certain that we can come up with an agreement to ensure that you do not walk into that courtroom without an experienced attorney by your side, protecting you and your legal interests.
Give me a call, at (518) 257-0201, anytime of the day or night. If I’m awake, I’ll take your call. If I’m asleep or otherwise unavailable, I’ll get back to you as soon as possible. No matter what, I WILL return your call to see if I can help you.
I look forward to working with you.