Frequently Asked Questions
Will You Help Me On A Limited-Representation Basis?
California law lets a lawyer represent clients on a limited-representation basis, meaning that the lawyer provides a well-defined scope of services in a matter to a client who is otherwise representing himself or herself in court. In certain circumstances, we offer limited-representation services to our individual clients. Please note that limited representation in court is not available to corporations, limited liability companies, and most trustees of a trust.
Do You Accept Contingency Cases?
While we strive to find a fee arrangement that is fair and affordable to our clients, it is rare for us to take cases on a 100% contingency basis. We have occasionally accepted cases on a “blended rate” basis, however, where we bill a reduced hourly fee and receive a percentage of the settlement or judgment that is less than what a lawyer would receive in a typical contingency rate. Each case is evaluated on its merits.
Will You Work On A Flat-Fee Basis?
Some projects lend themselves to a flat-fee charge. Others, particularly in the litigation area, do not. We do our best to quote a flat fee whenever possible, and to estimate the number of hours a project that is billed on an hourly basis will take.
My Case Is Not in California. Can You Represent Me?
We are only licensed to practice law in the State of California, and are careful to make sure we are not engaged in the “unauthorized practice of law” in other jurisdictions. It may nevertheless be possible for us to help you if you are a California resident or business, but have a problem elsewhere. Each case must be evaluated on its own merits to see if representation is possible.
Do You Accept Pro Bono Cases?
Every lawyer has an ethical obligation to provide a certain amount of work pro bono. We evaluate pro bono requests on an individual basis.
What Does It Mean To Have A “Virtual Practice”?
It means that we make the most of the Internet and other technology to meet our client’s needs. Many conferences are by VoIP services, such as Skype. We have minimal rent and other fixed overhead. Almost all documents are exchanged by way of PDF files, which dramatically reduces the impact of our practice on the environment. When appropriate, routine court appearances are made by telephone. The entire library is online. We believe that this use of technology maximizes our access to our clients, and will become more and more accepted in the future. We also believes it helps us maintain a competitive rate structure, and provide quality service at a fair price.
What can’t we help you with?
We currently do NOT provide services in the following areas:
- Family law: divorce, child custody, domestic violence protective orders
- Car accidents and personal injury
- Workers’ compensation
- Employee-side discrimination matters
- Criminal law
- Medical malpractice
- Patent registration
In bankruptcy court, our practice is generally limited to adversarial proceedings, as opposed to “core bankruptcy” matters.