FAQ Specific for CCLC
1. How long has the firm been in business?
a. The firm’s roots can be traced back to 1851.
2. What business or professional associations does the firm belong to?
a. The firm belongs to the following organizations: The Illinois State Bar Association; The McHenry County Bar Associations; Woodstock Chamber of Commerce; Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce; The McHenry Area Chamber of Commerce; The Better Business Bureau; Appellate Lawyers Association; International Academy of Collaborative Professionals; The Collaborative Law Institute; The Rotary Club of Woodstock, McHenry County Economic Development Corporation.
3. Is there a free consultation?
a. Yes, in most cases the first consultation is free.
4. Which attorney is right for me?
a. The advantage with hiring our firm is that each of the attorneys has specific areas of law they practice and we pair the client up with the attorney who has experience in the area of practice that fits the needs of the client.
5. Once I hire an attorney, what’s next?
a. The attorney prepares a fee agreement that outlines details of the client/attorney relationship which is signed by the client. Usually a retainer amount is specified and paid up front to begin work on the matter.
6. What is a retainer?
a. A retainer is an amount that is held in a trust account and is used when the fees and cash advances are invoiced to the client. If the client-attorney relationship is severed, the balance of the retainer, less any fees and expense owed, will be refunded to the client.
7. What is a cash advance?
a. A cash advance is an expense incurred by the law firm on behalf of the client such as court filing fees, document recording fees, copies of reports or records, land appraisals, certified copies, etc.
8. How much will it cost?
a. As outlined in the fee agreement, the cost to the client is any fees incurred at the attorney’s hourly rate and any cash advanced on behalf of the client. In some circumstances a flat fee for a matter can be arranged when the fee agreement is signed. Flat fees are usually associated with a real estate transactions, wills, estate plans, traffic violations and bankruptcy matters. Contingency fee cases are ones in which the attorney and client split the cash settlement of the matter on a percentage that is agreed upon in the fee agreement.
9. What kind of things will I get charged for?
a. Depending on the type of matter, the handling of a legal matter could consist of meetings, telephone conferences, and correspondence between clients and attorneys, opposing counsel, related parties, the court system, and governmental agencies.
10. How often will I get billed?
a. The attorney responsible for your matter will endeavor to bill you on a monthly basis for the fees accrued during the prior month. Also, if the client has a balance due, a monthly statement will be sent around the 25th of the month showing the current balance due.
11. Does the firm accept credit cards? Debit cards?
a. Yes the firm does accept all major debit and credit cards. The receptionist can take credit card payments over the phone or in person at the front desk. Credit card payments can also be made through the firm web site: www.cclclaw.com