Your Initial Consultation is Free
THE FIRST STEP is for you to contact me by telephone, e-mail, fax, or text message and describe your situation. Please be sure to leave your phone number and e-mail address. I will reply as soon as possible and we will set an appointment for our first meeting. There is no charge for contacting me and contacting me does not retain me or obligate you to retain me. We can have our first meeting in person, by FaceTime, or by Skype as you prefer.
Before our first meeting, I will e-mail you with the information I will need to evaluate your matter. The more information you give me before we meet, the better prepared I will be to evaluate your case and to provide you with useful counsel. Please send me copies of all relevant information as well as a reasonably detailed narrative of your situation before we meet. There is no charge for reviewing your information nor does it obligate you to retain me, and everything you send me will be confidential information that I cannot and will not reveal to third parties without your specific authorization.
At our initial meeting we will discuss your matter in detail. If I need more information from you in order to complete my evaluation, I will let you know what I need and how quickly I need it. I encourage you to bring a list of questions to our meeting so that I can address as many of your concerns as possible then. At the end of our meeting, I will let you know if I believe I can represent you effectively or if I need additional time to evaluate your case. There is no charge for our initial meeting and it does not obligate you to retain me as your lawyer. Everything we discuss and everything you may provide to me during that meeting or in response to my request for more material will be confidential information that I cannot and will not reveal to third parties without your specific authorization.
If I believe I can help you I will send you an e-mail with a proposal to retain me as your lawyer. The proposal will contain the terms of the attorney-client relationship including the amount of my retainer and the hourly rate I will charge. You should read the proposal carefully and contact me immediately if you have any questions. If you find my proposal acceptable and wish to retain me, I will ask you to reply with your agreement to the proposal and to pay the retainer. I accept checks, money orders, most credit cards, and wire transfers. Once I receive your acknowledgment retaining me and your retainer payment, I will start working as your attorney.
Your Confidential Information
The essence of the attorney-client relationship is one of absolute trust. You need to be able to depend on your lawyer to keep your privileged information confidential.
The Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct govern how lawyers are to conduct their professional work. Rule 1.05 defines confidential information and describes in detail how I am obligated to maintain the attorney-client privilege and protect your confidential information. If you would like to see the rule itself, please visit this document
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