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Frequent Questions:

  1. What are your hours of operation?

  2. Is there a consultation fee?

  3. What is a typical fee retainer?

  4. Do you accept installment payments on fee retainers?

  5. What is the difference between a fee retainer and a cost retainer?

  6. What happens when the fee retainer is depleted?

  7. How can I help reduce the amount of attorney fees charged and develop a good working relationship?

What are your hours of operation?

The Law Office of Kurt A. Streyffeler, P.A. is open from 9:00 a.m. to Noon and from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The office is closed from noon to 1:00 p.m. for lunch.  Special arrangements can be made for the delivery of documents to the office over the lunch hour, upon advanced notice and agreement.  After hour and weekend appointments are available in limited situations.

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Is there a consultation fee?

Initial consultations are offered at $150.00 for the 1st hour (which is 50% off Mr. Streyffeler’s current hourly rate).  After the 1st hour, the hourly rate of $300.00 is prorated.

We do not offer “free” consultations because we strongly subscribe to the adage, “You get what you pay for”.  The selection of an attorney is an important decision, so we trust that regardless of whether you ultimately decide to retain legal services you understand that valuable legal advice and time is provided during the initial consultation. 

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What is a typical fee retainer?

Fee retainers for family and civil cases are established on a case by case basis by the attorney, after the initial consultation.  The retainers are based primarily on the complexity of the case, the number of issues to be resolved, and the level of hostilities between the parties.

“Uncontested” Divorces are charged as a flat fee (plus costs), which is established by the attorney on a case by case basis.

Bankruptcy cases are charged as a flat fee (plus costs) dependent on the type of bankruptcy case being filed (Chapter 7 vs. Chapter 13).

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Do you accept installment payments on fee retainers?

The decision to accept installment payments is made on a case by case basis and is within the sole discretion of the attorney and/or the bankruptcy case manager.  In most every case, a substantial amount of the retainer and the costs will need to be paid before legal services are performed.

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What is the difference between a fee retainer and a cost retainer?

A fee retainer is collected to secure attorney fees that are charged for attorney services.  A cost retainer is a separate amount used exclusively to pay costs: e.g. Filing fees, service of process fees, legal publication fees, overnight mailing, etc.

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What happens when the fee retainer is depleted?

You will receive periodic billing statements.  After the total amount of legal fees exceed the fee retainer you will either be responsible for paying each subsequent billing statement in full (unless we agree to an installment payment arrangement) or, we reserve the right to charge a new retainer amount.

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How can I help reduce the amount of attorney fees charged and develop a good working relationship?

There are several proven methods. 

If you call and have to leave a message, please leave a “detailed” message with the legal assistants.  Often, answers can be provided more quickly and relayed through the staff, especially if the attorney is unavailable (e.g. in a several day trial, in a court hearing, at a deposition, in mediation, attending a seminar, or otherwise unable). 

Please “save up” your questions. Asking a set of questions is usually more cost effective than asking each question separately.  

Please present your questions and any updates in writing.  Do not, however, expect legal advice to be provided through email or correspondence, as this method is more time intensive for the attorney and costly for the client. 

If you encounter a situation where you have left several messages and the attorney is still unavailable to take or return your call (which may happen on rare occasions, since we pride ourselves in prompt communication and quick return calls), please feel free to schedule a telephone conference if the issues can be addressed briefly or request a meeting with the attorney if the issues are more complex.  The staff can help you determine which type of meeting is best, after you provide them with the specifics. 

If you have an “emergency” always call the office immediately and be prepared to succinctly provide all of the relevant details.

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