What is a free consultation?

It is important to make sure you pick the best attorney to assist with your case. Attorneys will offer either paid or free consultations. Regardless of the type of consultation, most attorneys will not provide you with specific legal advice about an issue unless they are retained. The rationale is that if an attorney gives improper advice that is relied upon, that attorney may be sued.

You may be wondering what the purpose of the consultation is if you aren’t receiving any advice. Even though specific advice may not be provided, a consultation is imperative. You will be investing time and money in your attorney. You are paying the attorney for their advice, so it is important to be sure that you trust him or her. The consultation is your opportunity to interview your potential attorney to see if he or she is a good fit. At the same time, the attorney will be interviewing you to decide if they are willing to take on your case.

During the consultation, the attorney will answer general questions about the legal process, their experience, mediation, fees, and office policies. The attorney will ask you questions about your situation to determine whether or not they will take you on as a client. The attorney may tell you what steps they would take if they accept you as a client. At Kellner Green, we give engagement letters to our clients that go over our fees and expectations. Once a client signs the engagement letter and pays his or her retainer, our representation of that client begins. Until the engagement letter is signed and the retainer paid in full, there is no attorney-client relationship.

About Abigail Green

Abigail Green is an attorney based in Louisville, KY. She is a founding partner of Kellner Green, PLLC and practices primarily in the areas of family and divorce law.