“Why is there a fee for the consultation?”
Having seen advertisements on television or online from other attorneys offering free consultations, people occasionally seem surprised that there is a fee for an initial meeting at my office.
So, what does the Mario J. Zappia Law Office charge for consultations? And why is there a fee?
First, the consultation fee is $125 for 30 to 45 minutes.
The number one reason I require a fee for consultations is simple – You’re paying for legal advice from someone with more than 27 years of legal experience. During your consultation, we spend our time going over the details of your case, and formulate a good course of action with how to proceed. I provide each client my expertise in family law, whether they are clients just looking for 30 minutes of my time for legal advice, or they are looking for an attorney to retain.
Just like you wouldn’t expect to walk into your doctor’s office for a free exam or assessment, you shouldn’t expect free legal advice from your attorney.
Another reason I require a consultation fee is that frankly, I am a busy man. By charging consultation fees, I am not clogging up my already busy calendar with people just looking for free advice. I am able to devote my time and effort to my clients.
Finally, I chose to charge a consultation fee to discourage the practice of those who consult with multiple attorneys purely for the purpose of creating a conflict the opposing party. By charging a fee for consultation, this at least limits this from being a common occurrence.
When looking for a professional to hire, whether it be a handyman, a hairdresser, or a lawyer, it’s important to remember – you get what you pay for! Contact my office at 574-277-8720 to schedule your expert family law consultation.