Before we start working with you, we need to determine where your business is today, discuss your goals for both your business and your personal life, and finally, determine how we can help you achieve those goals.
We've developed a process that helps both of us answer those questions as efficiently as possible.
After your purchase, you will:
“As a first time business owner, I had a wealth of questions, some of which were pretty silly and almost embarrassing to ask. However, Andrew made me feel comfortable and confident when addressing my concerns. He provided me with so many valuable insights and I say with confidence that I would not have been able to receive the quality of advice from any other lawyer.”
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“We had to navigate through the difficulties of the City of New Orleans to get the approvals we needed to start our business and Andrew was instrumental in that. Andrew also made sure his results would meet his promises.”
“Let’s face it, attorneys are expensive, but Andrew knows how to save a business person money. He really does know how to save a person money. Believe it or not, I recommend him lot to whomever I’m speaking to. If anybody out there is looking for a great attorney, Andrew is the one.”
Well, there’s a few reasons...
First, what would you like from us? As a busy business owner, we assume you don't want to chit chat. If you’re reading this, you have a business question, and you’re looking for an answer. We don’t waste your time with chit chat; we answer your questions and explain the law as it relates to your specific situation.
Along those same lines, you probably don't want to just listen to a sales pitch. Unlike every other business, attorneys have ethical obligations to clients. In an "initial consultation," an attorney is only supposed to discuss his or her services. We start with a attorney-client relationship that allows us to get to work immediately. That protects you and it protects us.
Third, if we didn't charge, we would spend oodles of time giving free advice, and we would have to charge our actual clients more to compensate for it. We don’t want to ask our current clients to cover a cost that doesn’t help their business.
Next, unlike personal injury attorneys that offer free consultations on TV, you’ll meet with an attorney and receive advice. Those free consultations are usually with a case manager who is capturing information for an attorney who you may never meet. We don’t want you to waste your time explaining facts to someone who cannot provide advice.
Finally, we know that a business owner who is willing to invest a relatively minor sum is serious about his or her business. We're excited by the idea of working with clients who have that drive to succeed. That drive inspires us.
This question may seem easy, but it’s not. Sometimes X isn’t what you need. Sometimes X is straightforward. Sometimes X seems straightforward, but is very complicated.
The tricky part about flat rate prices is that we have to completely understand the scope of work to provide an accurate quote. To understand the scope, we need to understand your business. The only way to do that is to sit down and talk with you in detail. Our policy is that we do not offer any price quotes, even general amounts, until we've had a chance to meet with you during a Strategy Session.
After the Strategy Session, we’ll provide an accurate quote and will apply the price of the Strategy Session against that quote.
- A confidential, one-hour meeting with an attorney either at our office, or over the phone. We encourage you to bring business partners or a trusted advisor, and are happy to arrange a conference call.
- We'll review your legal documents and provide comments, but within reason. If it's a significant document, needs significant modification, or takes more than about 10 minutes to review, we'll provide a proposal for those services.
- If you need to find out our pricing, we'll schedule a follow up phone call, prepare a detailed proposal with line-item costs, and email you the proposal so we may discuss it during the follow up call.
- Significant document review. Let’s just all use our best judgment, ok? We'll spend about 10 minutes reviewing documents you send us before our meeting, and we can scan documents during the Strategy Session. Realistically, if the document is complex, single-spaced-tiny-type, or significant to your business, this basic fee will not be enough to cover the time it will take for us to provide you with meaningful advice. If that's the case, we'll provide a quote after the strategy session. Remember that you'll receive a credit for this fee if you spend more than $2,000.
- We won’t perform any extensive legal research on your behalf. We’re smart and usually will have an answer, but we don’t know everything. Sometimes, to help your business avoid legal pitfalls, we need to record your facts, research and write out the law, and deliver a legal opinion on our firm's letterhead. This will be an additional fee outlined in the proposal.
- Unlimited email and phone call access. You’ll have to sign up for one of our outside general counsel packages before you receive this level of access :)
We will allow you to reschedule your appointment two times. We reserve time for you that we could otherwise use to help our clients, so if you miss the third scheduled consultation, you will not receive a refund, and you will need to pay the full fee again to reschedule.
The payment is non-refundable, but we’re lawyers and we like exceptions. First, if we have a conflict of interest, you’ll immediately receive a 100% refund. Second, if you meet with us and the issue is so far out of our ballpark that we don’t think that there’s anyway that we can help you come hell or high water, we’ll offer a refund.
We could probably list several reasons, but let's just consider one.
Our team focuses exclusively on business, which means we're only working on business issues. Every. Day.
Why does this matter?
It matters because it makes us better at what we do. By focusing on a single type of client, we don't spend our time or energy learning unrelated areas of the law.
So, back to the original question.
Notice the "practice areas" of the lawyers you’re considering. Think about whether the lawyer’s time spent and knowledge earned in each of those practice areas will help you, as a business owner, grow your business.
If the lawyer has a personal injury practice, will their knowledge of broken spines, brain damage, and car accidents help you grow your business?
If the lawyer has a criminal practice, will their time spent interviewing a client in jail you achieve your goals?
If the lawyer has a...you get the point. If a lawyer isn't constantly helping other people with the same issues that you may face, then you should consider whether they're the right lawyer for your business.
But, if you've found an attorney who devotes their practice to counseling business, you’ve probably found a good lawyer, and should consider hiring them.