Holidays

This summer, we’ve had the joy of welcoming Derek, a law student heading into his third year, interning with us.  This is his first blog post.  Enjoy!

This month, our nation celebrated its 242nd birthday! Of all the official federal holidays, the 4th of July is my favorite. With hot dogs, cherry pie, and fireworks what could go wrong? As I sat with my family this year, I started thinking about holidays and I realized I didn’t know a lot about them. I decided to do a little research on a few questions that popped into my mind, here were the answers.

Are there different kinds of holidays?

Not all holidays are created equal. Have you ever heard of National Pecan Pie Day? How about I Forgot Day? Cow Appreciation Day? Whether you’ve heard of them or not, they are all holidays in July. However, these holidays differ greatly from federal holidays like Independence Day. So, what are federal holidays and how are they created?

A federal holiday creates a day of paid leave for federal employees. Though there are other ways a government employee can get a paid day off (like presidential proclamation days of remembrance), only congress has the ability to designate a new national holiday. Congress is given its authority to designate holidays by Title 5 of the United States Code Section 6103. Holidays like National Pecan Pie Day are generally created by corporations or private interest groups and have no legal significance. The first national holiday laws written by Congress were passed in 1870. Initially, only four federal holidays existed: New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. Since 1870, Congress has reviewed over 1,100 petitions for new holidays. To date, only 11 of those petitions have thus far become law.

Did people always get the day off?

Initially, federal holidays were only meant to be observed by the federal employees working in Washington D.C. It wasn’t until 1885 that federal holidays applied to all federal employees regardless of what state they worked. It took even longer for private companies to begin letting their employees have the day off. In the end, most private companies began the tradition of giving their employees the day off because it was difficult to conduct business with banks and the government being closed.

Why are so many holidays celebrated on Monday’s?

Prior to 1968, most federal holidays were observed on specific days of the year. George Washington’s birthday, for example, was always celebrated on February 22. However, that method of observance meant that the paid day off could happen at any given time during the week, including Saturdays and Sundays when many federal employees had days off. That all changed in June of 1968 when Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. The act changed the days of observance of any holiday which did not need to be celebrated on a specific day of the year. The Uniform Monday Holiday Act also created Columbus Day.

What is our next federal holiday going to be?

As one can imagine, getting Congress to designate a new national holiday is a slow process. As I mentioned previously, there have been roughly 1,090 failed attempts at creating a new federal holiday law. That being said, it is by no means impossible for Congress to designate a new holiday. In recent years, several petitions have gained serious traction. There have been several resolutions introduced in the House to designate a day for Cesar E. Chavez, the civil rights leader who emphasized the importance of education and civic responsibility. In a similar vein, several attempts have been made to create a Susan B. Anthony Day. But perhaps the holiday with the best chance of becoming the 12th federal holiday is Election Day. The representatives that have introduced petitions for the designation of Election Day hope to provide citizens with more time to get out and vote on election day. The holiday would be observed the Tuesday next after the first Monday in November every even numbered year. All of these sound like great ideas, but I am crossing my fingers for National Pecan Pie day to get added to the list for serious consideration.

Fourth of July—A Time for Patriotic Reflection

It is easy to take for granted the freedoms we enjoy. It has been two hundred and forty-one years since the founding of our country, and as time passes the propensity to fully appreciate the daring accomplishment that was The Declaration of Independence diminishes. There was a time when this land was ruled by a monarchy, and the people of this land had no legitimate claim to live life according to their own individual principals or desires. It is hard to imagine such a life. The idea of self-governance and guaranteed human rights at the time was radical and controversial to say the least. Democracy at the founding of this country, was an ancient concept that had been dormant for many hundreds of years. In the 18th century democracy was a massive departure from the geo-political status quo. What the founding fathers had conceptualized and what others fought for was an unprecedented vision of freedom. I believe it is appropriate to classify those concepts of individual freedom and the military victory over Britain as nothing short of a miracle.

Over the holiday weekend I celebrated that miracle with family and friends at a cottage in the Wisconsin North woods. I swam in a clear sparkling lake and sat around a fire underneath a translucent night sky, all the while being inundated with gratitude. Grateful to live in a place where I am allowed to enjoy life’s peaceful pleasures. I often have that same feeling of gratitude when I walk into a courtroom. As an attorney, I know I can rely on the Constitution to ensure my clients receive proper due process. There are few other courtrooms outside of the United States where this is the situation. In many other countries jurisprudence is dictated by the whims of one person, and not by a system of laws created by the populous. Though our system of laws are imperfect they are at least rooted by principles of individual rights. Those principals were famously declared on this date in 1776 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

One of my favorite destinations is Independence Hall in Philadelphia. This is the building where the Declaration of Independence was signed and where the Constitution was ratified. The building itself is not remarkable, a rather simplistic Georgian design. The interior is modest, there is no marble, no gilded ornaments, the main materials within the hall are wood and brick. There is nothing pretentious about the structure, which I think is fitting given its purpose and historical significance. However, the modest design and furnishings by no means detract from the awe struck feeling you have when you step foot inside Independence Hall. There you are at the exact birthplace of America. In the main assembly room there is a chair where George Washington sat during the Constitutional Congress. The chair is made of wood, far from a throne, and on the back of the chair is a sun with a face that is cut in half by the horizon. While the Constitution was being signed Benjamin Franklin optimistically observed the sun on the chair was rising, but noted that it was now up to the people to make sure the “sun” continues to rise. Franklin’s metaphorical observation is a message of caution that the freedoms passed down us only have value if the people ensure their relevance.

On this Fourth of July, the attorneys and staff at Adolph Legal would like to express our gratitude to those who have sacrificed to ensure that our freedoms are still relevant. We are aware that as legal professionals, our significance is moot without the sacrifice of others. Happy Fourth of July and we hope that our clients and anybody reading this are effectively pursuing happiness as our Founding Fathers intended.

Is that a Packer Working at the Courthouse?

Living in Green Bay for a majority of my life, I felt obligated to write this week’s post about the Packers. Most Packer fans would expect to see a player on the field during a game, practicing at the Don Hudson Center, or perhaps out in public. I, personally, would never expect to see a Packer player at the Brown County Courthouse… that is until I recently read an article about just that. This summer, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is interning for Brown County Circuit Court Judge Donald Zuidmulder. Ha Ha has to complete 180 hours of an unpaid internship to receive 6 credits towards completing his criminal justice degree from the University of Alabama. According to the article, Clinton-Dix has said that achieving this degree is not just for him, but for friends and family from his hometown of Orlando, Florida. While completing his internship with Judge Zuidmulder, Clinton-Dix will not be sporting his number 21 jersey or going by “Ha Ha”. “As far as I’m concerned, he’s Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix. He’s Mr. Clinton-Dix. (And) he’ll have a dress code,” said Judge Zuidmulder. The internship will provide Clinton-Dix with insights into the facets of the criminal justice system including the county courts, drug treatment courts, juvenile courts, the district attorney’s office and the sheriff’s department. Next time I head to the courthouse, I definitely will be keeping an eye out for this Packer player.

 

For the full article, click here.

Heritage Hill

If you’ve read our blog posts in the past, you know that Adolph Legal does whatever it can to support our community.  Recently we’ve paired with Heritage Hill to sponsor and support its upcoming events.  Heritage Hill State Historical Park is located in Green Bay.  It contains numerous historical buildings on over 50 acres of land.   The park contains historical information and artifacts that cannot be found anywhere in our community.  Adolph Legal supports this organization because of its appreciation of history.

We encourage everyone to check out the State Park and any of its numerous events.  Its a great organization to support and the experiences offered are unbeatable.  You can find more information here and here.

 

Adolph Legal Attends Gather for Good Event

On May 5, 2017, Adolph Legal joined other leaders in the community to raise money for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin at the Gather for Good event on Broadway. Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is an independent health care system that solely treats sick children. The mission of the event was to raise money for this incredibly worthy cause.

The event kicked off with a touching video of testimonials from families who had to face the tragedy of having their child be diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. These children were treated by Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and were ultimately cured. Some of the families featured in the video were present at the event. Seeing those children at the event was a profound reminder of not just how fragile life is, but how a child’s life is especially fragile. Furthermore, seeing once bedridden children running around and acting like happy kids really solidified the importance of having an organization like Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in our community.

After the video, the mood had lightened thanks to a rousing performance by Deuces Wild, a dueling piano show. Most people reading this have seen a dueling piano performance, but Deuces Wild is a uniquely talented duo that provide a sublime medley of comedy and lively renditions of popular music. Impromptu participation from the crowd may have been the highlight of the evening, but also provided me with overwhelming sense of anxiety, because getting in front of a crowd of people singing the Village People’s “YMCA,” is perhaps my worst nightmare. But lucky for me and for those at the event I was not summoned to participate in the performance.

Our office had a memorable evening, and left the event inspired by the work of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, and more importantly inspired the strength of children who have faced more adversity in their short lives than I can even comprehend. If you have an opportunity to attend this event in the future or even if you have the means to support this great organization, I highly recommend it. They say it takes a village to raise a child, it also takes a village to save a child from terminal disease. Adolph Legal is proud to have participated in the Gather for Good event and look forward to hearing more success stories of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin saving more lives.

For more information about the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, visit their website here.

Strange Laws, Wisconsin!

This week I looked into some strange and interesting laws and ordinances in the State of Wisconsin.

  • Margarine is illegal?

 

No, I did not mean to type marijuana, I really did mean margarine. According to Wisconsin Statute 97.18. Section 97.18(4), “”The serving of colored oleomargarine or margarine at a public eating place as a substitute for table butter is prohibited unless it is ordered by the customer.” Additionally, Section 97.18(5) states that “The serving of oleomargarine or margarine to students, patients or inmates of any state institutions as a substitute for table butter is prohibited, except that such substitution may be ordered by the institution superintendent when necessary for the health of a specific patient or inmate, if directed by the physician in charge of the patient or inmate.” So, what exactly does this mean if you violate these laws? In Section 97.18(6), a person who violates this law may be fined up to $500 and spend 3 months imprisoned. For every subsequent offense, the individual can be fined up to $1,000 and imprisoned for up to a year. And to think, all this because of butter!

  • Sorry kids, no more snowball fights

 

Growing up with Wisconsin winters, I have always enjoyed a good snowball fight with my friends. I think many people who grew up with snow can look back to and remember snowball fights. In Wausau, Wisconsin, children can say goodbye to winter snowball fights. Wausau Ordinance Section 9.08.020 prohibits the throwing of snowballs at any other person, or at, in, or into any building, street, sidewalk, alley, highway, park, playground or other public place within the city. The full ordinance states “No person shall throw or shoot any object, arrow, stone, snowball or other missile or projectile, by hand or by any other means, at any other person or at, in or into any building, street, sidewalk, alley, highway, park, playground or other public place within the city. This subsection shall not apply to archery ranges under the supervision of the park and recreation committee, nor shall it apply to the bow hunting provisions within 9.08.010. (Ord. 61-5371 ‘ 1, 2008, File No. 93-0835; Ord. 61-5339 ‘2, 2007, File No. 07-0718; Prior code ‘11.01(2).)” Yes, you are correct in reading that snowballs have been categorized into the same group as, arrows, stones, and missiles. Now, I get that sometimes ice can be inside a snowball that could cause injury, but banning all throwing of snowballs leaves me a bit puzzled. I wonder how this ordinance came into effect.

  • Time for you to “moove” over.

 

Being America’s Dairyland, Wisconsin sure does have its fair share of cattle. Many of us will pass farms splattered across the State with cows, horses and the occasional goat or alpaca. What happens if you encounter some livestock being driven over or along your journey? Wisconsin Statute 346.21 states that the operator of the motor vehicle must yield. Hopefully you don’t run into a large herd of cattle crossing the road, or you are in for a long wait.

  • Green, Green Grass

 

Let’s imagine that it is the middle of summer: the sun has just begun to rise, and your automatic sprinklers have popped out of the ground to spray your luscious green lawn; inside you are finishing your morning coffee before heading out the door to the office; and, the next thing you know there is a knock on your door. It’s the police and they are saying you just violated a city ordinance for watering your lawn so early. This could be the case if you live in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Sheboygan Ordinance Sec. 70-153 states that “No persons shall, with purpose or intent, sprinkle their property in any manner to the distress or annoyance of others.” Although you may not have started watering your grass with the intent of annoying others, it may end up causing you some trouble.

  • No more bugs.

 

Summertime brings beautiful weather, barbeques, picnics, days on the water and much more… It also brings out the bugs. If you live in Hudson, Wisconsin, you don’t have to worry about bugs, at least in your house. Hudson City Code Section 140-8(C) is all about preventing bugs from entering your dwelling. The code states “Screen requirements. From May 1 to October 1, in every dwelling unit, for protection against mosquitoes, flies and other insects, every door opening directly from a dwelling unit to outdoor space shall have supplied and installed screens and a self-closing device, and every window or other device with openings to outdoor space used or intended to be used for ventilation shall likewise be supplied with screens installed.” This law sure helps keep those pesky flies out of the home.

  • No more dogs or cats.

 

Anyone who knows me, knows that I have a love of animals. I personally love my family’s dog. My mother likes to take her everywhere she goes. When she goes to visit a friend, the dog goes with. A trip to get groceries? The dog is in tow. Well a city ordinance in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, prevents bringing your dog or cat to one specific location. Sun Prairie Ordinance Code 6.04.080 states “No dog or cat shall be permitted in any public cemetery. Every dog specially trained to lead blind persons shall be exempt from this section.” Personally, I think that this ordinance should be changed. I understand that dogs or cats make have an “accident” in the cemetery, but when a pet truly loves its owner, I believe they should be able to visit them if they have passed. For example, a serviceman’s dog visiting their grave with the family. As long as the animal is well-behaved and the owner is willing to pick-up after it.

Have you heard of any strange laws and want to add to these? Comment on this post and we’ll update it!

 

 

 

Attorney Adolph’s Top Five Legal Movies

A Polish man moved to the United States and married an American girl. Although his English was far from perfect, they got along very well until one day he rushed into a lawyer’s office and asked him if he could arrange a divorce for him – “very quick.”

The lawyer said that the speed for getting a divorce would depend on the circumstances, and asked him the following questions:

Lawyer: “Have you any grounds?”

Man: “JA, JA, acre and half and nice little home.”

Lawyer: “No,” I mean what is the foundation of this case?”

Man: “It made of concrete.”

Lawyer: “Does either of you have a real grudge?”

Man: “No, we have carport, and not need one.”

Lawyer: “I mean, what are your relations like?”

Man: “All my relations still in Poland.”

Lawyer: “Is there any infidelity in your marriage?”

Man: “Ja, we have hi- fidelity stereo set and good DVD player.”

Lawyer: Does your wife beat you up?”

Man: “No, I always up before her.”

Lawyer: “WHY do you want this divorce?”

Man: “She going to kill me.”

Lawyer: “What makes you think that?”

Man: “I got proof.

Lawyer: “What kind of proof?”

Man: “She going to poison me. She buy a bottle at drugstore and put on shelf in bathroom. I can read, and it says:

You might be wondering why this week’s blog post starts with a joke… Well, you may recall Attorney Aspenson’s blog post regarding his top 5 legal movies. Now, I’d like to present you with my top 5 legal movies. Being a lawyer can be stressful, emotional, and draining, so when I watch a legal movie, I don’t want it to be true to life. I want to laugh and be entertained, and because of that, my list of movies is vastly different than Attorney Aspenson’s.

Now, without further ado…

  1. Kramer vs. Kramer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVM79wY0s_Q

This movie deviates from the entertaining/comedic value of legal movies. It moved onto my favorites list after I started doing Guardian ad Litem work (for more information on GAL work, read our previous blog post here). Kramer vs. Kramer debuted in 1979 and stars Meryl Streep and Dustin Hoffman. Dustin Hoffman won best actor for his role as Ted Kramer. The movie takes a poignant look into divorce and the effect on children that most people may not realize. I recommend this movie to anyone who is divorced (or going through a divorce) with children.

  1. Erin Brockovich

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELzu636Xf6Y

Erin Brockovich stars Julia Roberts and focuses on a class action law suit. This is a classic David vs. Goliath movie, based on a true story, that is entertaining from the start. Erin Brockovich is a single mother and legal assistant who takes on a California power company accused of polluting the city’s water supply.

  1. Intolerable Cruelty

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dE8jX6rP4L0

Number three is a lesser known comedy that stars George Clooney and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Clooney plays a prominent divorce lawyer famous for his “Massey Prenup.” An unbreakable, iron-clad prenuptial agreement for wealthy clients who are getting married. Clooney meets his match in Catherine Zeta-Jones’s Marylin Rexroth, his client’s gold-digging soon-to-be ex-wife. The movie has comedic moments from front to end and the chemistry between Clooney and Zeta-Jones is undeniable.

  1. Liar Liar

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mqTI_LwiPM

A classic movie that shows what happens when a divorced lawyer’s son blows out his birthday candle with the wish that his dad, played by Jim Carrrey, couldn’t lie for one day. Carrey plays an incredibly successful lawyer who has built his career on lying at the expense of the relationship with his son.

  1. War of the Roses

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOFhU4foWyA

And then there was one… This movies is pure entertainment. The Roses are getting a divorce and each party wants the marital home. Michael Douglas plays Mr. Rose and his counterpart, Mrs. Rose, is played by Kathleen Turner. The movie is told from the perspective of Danny DeVito, the attorney for Oliver Rose. Simply put, it is a vicious battle to the end. The tagline for the movie is: “Once in a lifetime comes a motion picture that makes you feel like falling in love all over again. This is not that movie.”

 

Clearly Attorney Aspenson and I’s opinions regarding great legal movies vastly differs. What’s your opinion?  Please comment on our Facebook post!

Adolph Legal Now Has The Best Waiting Room of Any Law Firm, Allegedly.

Exciting things are happening at Adolph Legal! We are proud to announce that Adolph Legal now has the best waiting room of any law firm in Green Bay. It should be noted that this achievement is self-proclaimed, but still may be true nonetheless.

When a client is at Adolph Legal, not only are the client’s legal issues taken care of, the client is taken care of. We like to show we care, and one way to show we care is by providing our clients with hot, delicious LaJava coffee  (some of the best coffee in town! – check them out here). For added intrigue, Adolph Legal offers a flavor of the day and a standard dark or medium roast. The flavor of the day could be; mocha mint, bourbon pecan torte, blueberry, or my favorite—whiskey flavor. Every new day at Adolph Legal begins with the ceremonious flavor of the day selection, which is determined by the all-knowing wheel (see previous blog post).

What’s coffee’s greatest companion? Milk? Sugar? No, coffee’s most delightful companion is conversation. At Adolph Legal you don’t have to sip your gourmet coffee in solitude, please feel free to strike up a conversation with Sovann, our friendly administrative assistant. Sovann is proficient in many topics of conversation. Want to know what the weather will be like the rest of the week? Just ask Sovann. In the market for a German automobile? Ask Sovann. Want to know what the trending news stories of the day are? Well, you get the idea. And the idea is that we want you to feel comfortable and taken care of.

If human interaction isn’t your thing, that’s cool. Adolph Legal has a resident furry friend named Kolby to keep you company. Kolby is a very agreeable canine who likes to be pet or simply lovingly admired. He will undoubtedly brighten your day. Also, Adolph Legal has a stimulating collection of literature to peruse.

Here at Adolph Legal we know that you are coming to us because of a stressful event in your life. Primarily, we aim to alleviate that stress by providing comprehensive legal solutions. Adolph Legal also understands that we all feel more relaxed with a good cup of coffee and friendly conversation.

What the Overcrowding of Jails Could Mean for You

The Brown County Jail is currently facing the issue of overcrowding. Today, the Brown County Jail sits roughly at 92% capacity and that is even with 40 inmates being sent to other facilities to be housed. This means that if you are arrested, you may be shipped to a county farther away from home. This would make it harder for loved ones to visit you in jail, having to deal with being constantly being transported from another county for all Court hearings, and finally if you have an attorney, it can make it more difficult for them to both visit you and get in contact with you to discuss your case. Hiring an attorney privately can greatly impact how your case is handled. Instead of spending time in jail, your attorney may be able to discuss alternative options with you.

The county currently offers three different specialty courts to individuals who have been arrested. The first is Veteran’s Court which is offered to those who served in the armed forces. This court helps to reduce individuals from reoffending, decrease substance abuse, improve family relations and increase support for mental health services. The second specialty court that the county offers is Drug Court. This court was designed to deal with individuals who have become dependent on drugs and alcohol. Drug Court was developed based on a program that first started in Miami, Florida in 1989. Since then, more than 2,300 similar programs are offered nationwide. The foundation of Drug Court is the link between the criminal justice system and the drug treatment community. Drug Court creates a non-adversarial courtroom atmosphere to try and break the symbiotic relationship of drug and alcohol abuse and criminal behavior. Drug Court fosters a positive atmosphere with applause, encouragement and individuals are even given fortune cookies for successfully complying with the program. Drug Court also includes a specialty Court for Heroin/Opiate users. Heroin use has been on the rise in both Wisconsin and nationally. These Courts work to turn offenders into contributing members of society instead of sending them to be incarcerated. The final specialty court offered is Mental Health Court. Mental Health Court helps individuals that suffer from mental illness avoid being incarcerated. The Court focuses on managing the offender’s mental health. Besides the specialty courts, Brown County offers electronic monitoring programs. Instead of the offender being sent to jail, they can still reside at home and continue to work. The offender is placed on an electronic bracelet that is monitored by the Department of Corrections. In some cases, offenders are given a SCRAM bracelet which also monitors alcohol intake. At Adolph Legal, we will work with you to develop a legal strategy that benefits you. If you are facing criminal charges, please feel free to contact us at (920) 634-2212 or at office@adolphlegal.com

Don’t Throw Money Away on the Wrong Attorney

This week’s blog post is brought to you by our office manager, Andrea.

Who really understands how to hire an attorney? Prior to my employment here at Adolph Legal, I had a very vague understanding of the legal process, payment options, and how important it is to hire the right attorney for your legal needs. As an office manager, I focus on balancing accounts and human resources so legal expertise is NOT in my vocabulary. Now that I’ve spent almost a year employed here I see that most people are in the same boat that I was in before I was hired. So, for this week’s blog I will share some of the research I’ve done and some of my personal experiences to help guide you through the process of hiring a lawyer.

When someone needs a Criminal or Family Law attorney they have no shortage of stress. A way to minimize your stress is knowing what questions to ask. In my research, I came across an awesome e-book from Legal Match. Below are the writing attorney’s recommended 11 questions to ask and the link to the full article as well.

Here are 11 important questions to ask before agreeing to hire any lawyer:

  1. Is the lawyer a generalist, or a specialist in one type of law?
  2. Has the lawyer handled cases like yours before?
  3. What different outcomes can the lawyer predict for your case, if any?
  4. What alternatives to a lawsuit might be considered?
  5. Should mediation or arbitration be considered?
  6. How long should you expect to retain the lawyer’s services?
  7. How often will you be billed, and what’s the lawyer’s estimation for fees and services?
  8. How will the lawyer inform you of the case’s progress?
  9. What style can you expect from the lawyer: aggressive or open to settlement?
  10. Will others be assisting in the case?
  11. Is the lawyer covered by malpractice insurance?

http://www.legalmatch.com/downloads/Legal-Tips-eBook.pdf

These questions focus on having a thorough understanding of the communication style of your potential attorney. When talking to someone about your legal future, be sure and that they lay out what you can expect and how billing will take place.

Often, billing can cause stress. Let’s not beat around the bush, the bill is almost as important as the quality of representation. Call around to different local offices and get an idea of how they bill. If they won’t give you a generic price quote I wouldn’t hire them! Money is a part of everyday life and it shouldn’t be hidden. After all, you are hiring someone for a highly important service. So, from this office manager, here is an easy guide to the ways you can pay your new attorney. You can have an attorney “on retainer” which means that you pay them monthly or give them a retainer without having a current legal issue. This is done as a preventative measure. It gives you the ability to consult a legal professional about any questions you may have and to expedite progress on a case should one arise. That should not be confused with paying an advanced fee to an attorney to start work on an existing case. Advanced fees are commonly referred to as retainers. Funds from an advanced fee go into a trust account and get billed against as your attorney works on the case. The amount that is billed is at the attorney’s hourly rate and dictates the earned fees, you can find the hourly rate in your fee agreement. You can also pay a flat fee. “A flat fee is a specific, total fee that is decided up front, before the attorney provides any service. A flat fee is usually offered only if your case is simple or routine, such as drafting a straightforward will or bankruptcy filing. Flat fees often limit attorney’s services, so be sure to confirm what services are included in your flat fee arrangement.” This definition as well as many others can be found in this article. http://legalconnection.com/hire.htm It gives an excellent overview of the hiring process as well as a comparison of the different types of firms to consider.

If you choose to hire your attorney on retainer/advanced fee, which most people do, make sure that you are giving them an ample retainer in relation to the overall expected cost. It helps you and your attorney stay current on your bill. It prevents an interruption of service to your case, and the best part is that whatever goes unused will be issued back to you.

Everyone should understand the process of hiring an attorney and how to best develop a quality legal relationship. Here at Adolph Legal we pride ourselves on advocating for our clients, concisely delivering fee quotes, and being forthright and honest with billing practices. These efforts directly link to our client satisfaction and I couldn’t be prouder to be a part of this company. I’m always interested in feedback, comment or call 920.634.2212. And last, but not least, please share this blog post, because you never know if a friend, family member, or co-worker may need quality representation.

 

 

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