Will I have to attend court?
In many situations, I will be able to go to court for you, so you will not have to take time off from work or school. Whether you ever have to go to court depends on your type of case. As a general matter, most traffic cases can be handled without you ever coming to court, while more serious matters may require your appearance. Because it can be inconvenient to take time off from your schedule, I will give you as much advance notice of a court appearance as possible, and I will ensure that, when you do come to court, your case gets done as quickly as possible.
If I am not in court, how do I know what is going on with my case?
After every court date, we will send you a letter advising you of the status of your case. This ensures that you will always know what your next court date is, whether you need to be there at that time and, if you have taken advantage of our payment plan, what balance remains on your account. We will also follow up with you to remind you of any necessary court appearances by telephone, and are available to answer questions about your case when you call. So many times we have heard clients of other attorneys complain that they have no idea what is going on with their case, and that they are not “in the loop” about their own situation. We are committed to making sure you always know what is going on with your own case. In addition, you will find other resources at this web site should you wish to track your case on your own.
What are my payment options, and can I set up a payment plan?
We try to be as flexible as possible with methods of payment. You may pay by cash, personal check, money order, Western Union, Visa, or Mastercard. In addition, if you were required to post a cash bond in your case, contact us to discuss using that money you have already paid to cover your legal fees or court costs.
In most cases, we are happy to offer a payment plan which allows you to break up your attorney’s fees and court costs into multiple payments. Call us, and we will be happy to discuss a plan that fits your situation.
How do I pay for court costs and fines?
In many cases, we can estimate for you the amount you will owe to the court when your case is done. If that is the case, we suggest that you allow us to lump that together with your attorney’s fees as part of your payment plan. Any client money is held in our firm Trust Account*, and this allows us to pay your costs directly to the court when your case is done, avoiding many potential problems. If you wish, you may pay your costs directly to the court upon disposition of the case; we will notify when you will need to pay and how much.
*Our firm participates in the North Carolina IOLTA program. For more information on this program, contact the North Carolina State Bar.
Why don’t you list your fees up front like some lawyers do?
For two reasons: First, every case is different, and until we know something about your case, we avoid quoting a catch-all fee that may not be appropriate in your situation. Second, we recognize that there are many lawyers around who would like your business. Given the choice between competing on the quality of our service or trying to be the cheapest lawyer around, we feel that the choice is obvious. Call us for a free consultation, and we will be able to quote you a competitive fee to make you our client.
What lawyer is actually going to be handling my case?
One of the benefits of hiring a solo attorney is that you know who is going to be your lawyer. From our first meeting until your case is completed, I will be the only attorney for your case, and I am happy to speak to you as often as you wish to keep you updated on your case status.
Contact us about your legal matter today!