Category Archive - General Law

I Have An Attorney, But I Want To Ask You A Question. Can I Talk To You?

I really don’t think it’s appropriate for me to talk to you when you’re represented by other counsel. If you terminate the relationship with your current attorney, then we would be glad to talk to you. But it’s not appropriate for me to back-seat drive, and to evaluate how your attorney’s doing, or what he’s doing. If you’re out of state, and need Oklahoma counsel to help with a matter, then yes, we would be happy to talk to you. However, it is usually best if your attorney contacts us directly. We regularly co-counsel with out of state attorneys.

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Can I Use My Retainer To Pay My Attorney Fees And Costs?

That’s not the way our office handles it. When we have a retainer, that money is placed in a trust account, and is a security deposit. The retainer is only used if we don’t get paid by the client. In which case, we typically withdraw from the case.

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What Is A Retainer?

A retainer is an amount of money that’s deposited with the attorney’s office before the legal work is done. The funds are normally held in a trust account. Hilton Law Office uses that money to serve as a security deposit to insure that the attorney gets paid for the work on the case.

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How Long Is It Going To Take To Conclude This Matter?

An experienced attorney can usually give you an idea of how long it’s going to take to wrap up your matter. Although there’s alot of factors that can come into play that we don’t know at the time that we give the estimate. So, normally, an attorney can give you an idea, but no attorney knows exactly how long it’s going to take to handle your matter.

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How Much Is It Going To Cost For You To Represent Me?

It’s hard to answer that question without knowing more about your legal matter. Attorneys usually charge based upon the amount of time that’s required to represent you. Sometimes a contingency fee (percentage) is appropriate. Until I know about your legal matter more, it’s not possible for me to give you an estimate.

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Do You Have Free Consultations?

Our office policy is to give a 15-minute consultation for free, and then we charge for all of our time that we spend after that. Each law firm has a different policy regarding free consultation, so I suggest you check with the attorney first.

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