Our Approach to Cases & Clients:
Our approach is simple. Every client matters. We do everything that can be done to ensure that our clients are put in the best possible position to either negotiate a settlement or present a contested case in trial. We are thorough, ethical, and strive to achieve the best possible results for our clients. Our clients are our friends, neighbors, and colleagues. We look forward to working with you because we know that with our client centered approach to family law and estate planning you will be satisfied with a job well done.
We have written fee agreements with every client. Our charges in most cases are hourly, at specified rates for specified individuals in our firm. We may, however, propose other fee arrangements for particular types of matters, depending on the particular circumstances. Typically, every client is billed on a monthly basis and receives an itemized bill letting them know what they were billed for and how much they were billed. Consultation fees are set on a case by case basis. Until we know how complicated your case is, it is often difficult for us to quote fees over the phone. We generally charge retainers or advance fee deposits which are set at the time of the initial interview.
As a general rule we try to return all phone calls within twenty-four (24) hours. E-mail is an acceptable form of communication which has proven to be a cost savings to our clients if agreed upon between the client and the lawyer. Office meetings are scheduled in advance. We do not accept walk-ins without a prior appointment. All office meetings are with a highly trained lawyer, not a paralegal or staff member.
We have a no pay, no stay policy with respect to written fee agreements with our clients. We find that frequent communication between the lawyer and the client is the only way for both parties to be satisfied.
You should expect to be working with the lawyers in our office as a team and to develop a relationship with them where you feel free to ask questions and to keep asking questions until you understand exactly what is going on with your case. We care about you and want you to have a good experience with your lawyer and the best possible outcome in your case.
We primarily represent clients in the following counties: Boone, Callaway, Cooper, Randolph, Howard, Cole and Audrain.
We have a one story brick office building located conveniently off of West Broadway. All clients have access to free parking and we are in close proximity to downtown.
Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Other times by appointment only.
Getting Documents to Us:
Fax: (573) 875-5873
Drop off after hours: Black slot located in front door. Please make sure any documents are secure in a sealed envelope with the name of the person the document is intended for or marked on the front.
Payment of Your Bill:
We accept MasterCard, Visa, Check or Cash.
We provide receipts for all payments upon request. Payments can always be made through the mail, or during regular business hours in our office.