Why do Lawyers Charge Fees for Initial Consultations?

Sullivan Heiser, LLC has built a vibrant law practice based upon our ability to spot legal issues between people and/or entities, assess risk and advocate for our clients.  We believe that the lawyer’s role is not just as an advocate but also as an adviser and a counselor.  This is an important role and we take it quite seriously.  Because of the cost of legal services, we have found over the past ten years that we must carefully qualify each and every prospective client with whom we meet. The simple fact is that many of our prospective clients do not possess the means to pay for legal advice and services.  This has not always been true, but more and more it is becoming clear to us that many prospective clients do not necessarily receive candor from their advisers or representatives, and the result is mistrust and a waste of time and money.

Initial consultation fees allow the lawyers in the law firm to be compensated for the time they spend with prospective clients, which also sends a signal to the attorneys that the prospective client is serious about receiving advice for the issue(s) they are presenting to us.  It can sometimes be uncomfortable explaining to a client that we do not give away time for free, which is a huge problem for many professionals (not just attorneys) that charge an hourly rate for time spent on client matters. Lawyers generally charge clients in tenths of an hour, or six-minute increments, which is how the Sullivan Heiser firm does it.

The attorneys at Sullivan Heiser are all keenly aware of the time and resources necessary to litigate disputes.  As such, we find that often times we are asked to contract with new clients with special payment terms and arrangements.  We grant such agreements liberally. If you think that you need a consult with a lawyer, then do not hesitate to contact our office and schedule an appointment.