INITIAL CONSULTATION

An initial consultation is provided to those considering hiring Kay Family Law PLLC to assist them with their family law or special needs law issues – whether it be for traditional legal representation or an un-bundled legal service.

How Long Is An Initial Consultation?

For traditional legal representation: (in other words, you want Kay Family Law PLLC to be “your counsel of record” and “represent” you in your family law or special needs law matter:

Family Law Matters: 1 hour is typically reserved for premarital agreements, 1.5 hours are typically reserved for modification / enforcement / contempt matters, and 2 hours are typically reserved for most other matters. These time slots preparation time, meeting time, and follow-up.

Special Needs Law Matters: 1.5 hours is typically reserved.

For un-bundled legal assistance: (in other words, you want Kay Family Law PLLC to do some limited type of activity for you such as only review a court order to explain it to you, or only assist you with a mediation, etc.) the length of the initial consultation will vary depending on the service you are considering. However no initial consultation will last less than 30 minutes and it is unlikely an initial consultation will last more than 2 hours.

How are Initial Consultations Held?

While in-person consultations are ideal to allow both the attorney and the prospective client to get to best get to know each other, the attorney can also conduct initial consultations by phone or video-conferencing (such as Skype, Google Duo, Facetime, or the like).

When you are scheduling your initial consultation, be sure to indicate your preferred format for the initial consultation.

Please keep in mind that you will be required to produce a valid current photo identification at the start of your initial consultation, regardless of the format, AND no initial consultations will be conducted by text or e-mail.

What Do I Need To Send To The Attorney Before The Initial Consultation?

If there are any court orders already entered or agreements signed, it is very helpful for the attorney to have them about 1 day ahead of the initial consultation to review before the meeting.

And, of course, if there are specific documents you have questions about, you should submit those about 1 day ahead of the initial consultation.

Does Attorney-Client Privilege Apply To The Initial Consultation?

Yes. The initial consultation is subject to attorney-client privilege even if the prospective client does not retain Kay Family Law PLLC in any capacity.

What Is The Cost Of The Initial Consultation? Is It Free?

Typically there is a fee charged for the initial consultation. The cost of the initial consultation will be determined based on the type of assistance you are seeking and the length of the consultation.

Please contact the office at (813) 520-2700 or click here to access the contact form if you are interested in more information about the cost of the initial consultation. You are under no obligation to schedule an appointment simply by contacting the office.

Initial Consultation Scheduling Fee

All initial consultations have a non-refundable $50 scheduling fee due at the time of scheduling to reserve the consultation time. You are allowed one rescheduling of the consultation with at least 2 hours’ advanced notice without having to pay a new scheduling fee. A cancellation or rescheduling request with less than two hours’ notice will result in a loss of the fee.

For those properly maintaining their scheduled appointment, the $50 scheduling fee will be credited towards the cost of the initial consultation. The remainder of the initial consultation fee will be due at the time of the consultation.

The full cost of the initial consultation will depend on the length of your initial consultation which will depend on the type of service you are seeking.

What Can I Expect During the Initial Consultation?

Kay Family Law PLLC does its best to uniquely tailor the initial consultation experience to meet each prospective client’s needs. The firm recognizes that by the time most people are contacting an attorney, they are in a very difficult and stressful time in their lives and the firm will make every reasonable effort to help the prospective client feel comfortable during the consultation.

Prior to the consultation, the attorney and administrative support will gather basic biographical information and request copies of relevant documents to review.

At the start of the consultation, the prospective client will be asked if anything has changed since they first contacted the firm, then the attorney will meet with the prospective client to gain a better understanding of the situation, identify needs, answer questions, and develop a strategy.

Kay Family Law PLLC takes pride in providing all prospective clients with as comprehensive an explanation of the laws applicable to their situations and a candid analysis of the issues presented to her. The attorney also helps clients and prospective clients evaluate all options available both in and out of court so clients and prospective clients can make informed decisions.

How Much Are Your Hourly Rates And Retainers?

It depends. Kay Family Law PLLC offers “unbundled” legal services which allows clients to choose from flat rate fees for certain services or paying an hourly rate for more comprehensive representation.

For traditional representation and in some limited representation instances an advance-fee deposit will be required. How much will depend on the complexity and time-table of the case.

Billing policies and fee deposits are discussed during the initial consultation process once the attorney has a good understanding of the prospective client’s unique circumstances and needs.

Please contact the office at (813) 520-2700 or click here to access the contact form if you are interested in more information about fees and costs. You are under no obligation of any kind simply by contacting the office.

Does Attending an Initial Consultation Mean I Have Retained the Attorney?

No. The initial consultation process offers prospective clients a unique opportunity to become acquainted with the firm, the attorney, and the office processes to help determine if Kay Family Law PLLC is the best fit for the prospective client’s case and needs.

Choosing an attorney to assist with a legal need is both an important and complex decision. It is important that all prospective clients carefully consider all the relevant factors before making the decision to hire an attorney to help. Click here to read The Florida Bar’s pamphlet on the attorney selection process.

You should also keep in mind that, by simply meeting with you, Kay Family Law PLLC has no obligation to take your case or help you beyond the initial consultation. Kay Family Law PLLC always retains the unconditional right to not represent or assist a prospective client if the firm so chooses. Many factors may lead to a decision by Kay Family Law PLLC to not “take your case” or represent or provide you further assistance, so such a decision should never be taken personally.

When Have I Officially “Retained” Kay Family Law PLLC To Assist Me?

Kay Family Law PLLC is officially “retained” only after you and the attorney have both signed a Retainer Agreement and you have made any advance fee deposit or other payment requested.

I Only Have A Quick Question About My Situation. Can An Attorney Please Answer My Question By E-mail Instead Of Or Before An Initial Consultation?

Unfortunately, no. Kay Family Law PLLC will occasionally receive an e-mail from a purported prospective client asking for advice. Kay Family Law PLLC cannot and will not answer questions or give legal advice by e-mail before an initial consultation. This is for many reasons including, but not limited to:

  1. Conflict of Interest: First and foremost, attorneys are governed by a set of rules of professional conduct which require that conflict checks are run to ensure the person or entity with whom we are about to meet does not present a conflict of interest with any past or current clients. To run a conflict check, the firm must obtain and verify the identities of the prospective client and the other opposing party(ies). Often sufficient information to run a conflict check is not included in the initial e-mailed inquiries received.
  2. Fraud Concerns: Sadly, we live in an era where not every e-mail received is from someone being truthful and forthright. There is no way for Kay Family Law PLLC to verify the true identity of the person(s) or entity(ies) sending the e-mail prior to the initial consultation. It is important to Kay Family Law PLLC to know and trust the source of the e-mail before spending time responding.
  3. Solid Advice: It is important to Kay Family Law PLLC to provide high quality services every step of the way. To properly answer questions, Kay Family Law PLLC must have a full and complete understanding of the situation and, to do that, the attorney must often ask questions and review documents which would involve the prospective client revealing potentially confidential information. This is not properly done by e-mail prior to an initial consultation.

So, if you send an e-mail or submit an inquiry through the contact now page, do not be disappointed or offended if the response you get is to encourage you to set an initial consultation. We do this for everyone’s protection and benefit.

WHAT DO I DO NEXT? HOW CAN I SCHEDULE AN INITIAL CONSULTATION?

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