We know that legal matters can keep you up at night worrying about what the future may hold. They can take an emotional toll on you and your loved ones. With our firm on your side, you can have peace of mind knowing you have an experienced team working to resolve the problems you face. In addition to providing high quality, efficient and effective legal services, we will treat you and your case with the respect and attention it deserves.
As you are making a decision to secure a South Carolina attorney, consider the commonly asked questions below:
Generally speaking, in both the civil and criminal systems, the legal process can take anywhere from several months to several years to move through the court system. One of the most difficult requests we make is that you be patient. The legal process is slow and deliberate – that combination does not always meet the needs or expectations of our clients.
Additionally, courts are always full, and there are several steps that must be taken before any trial date is set – mediation, investigation, discovery, depositions, pre-trial hearings and motion hearings are but a few examples. Though we cannot control the court’s schedule or docket, we can assure you that we will treat your case with due deference under the circumstances.
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In preparing your case and uncovering the facts, we may participate in what is known as “discovery.” Discovery is the formal name for finding and exchanging information.
During discovery, both sides may request or subpoena information about you, your spouse, your business and more. If necessary, we may suggest hiring a private investigator. However, our most important and cost efficient source of information is you, our client. You should maintain a “diary” to refresh your memory concerning dates/events/conversations that have occurred or are occurring. Also, keep your eyes and ears open to provide us with all information that might be helpful to your case.
When important events occur, write them down. You may forget details as time passes.
Hours and availability. As litigators, we are often required to be out of the office for extended periods of time. Because of this, we work by appointment only. Appointments allow us be prepared and have enough time to discuss your case. We are available Monday – Thursday, 8:30am – 5:00pm and Friday, 8:30am – 3:00pm. If we are unavailable, you can leave a message with our staff and that message will be passed on to an attorney. In the case of an emergency, do not hesitate to give us a call, but understand that we may be unavoidably detained for some time.
Our staff. We also encourage you to use our knowledgeable staff to answer your questions. Our staff is very experienced and can often respond to your request, though they can never give you legal advice. Their time costs about half that of an attorney, so often times it is in your best interest to take advantage of their experience and knowledge.
Attorney teamwork. We work all cases in collaboration with both of the attorneys in this office, although one may be your “lead” attorney. Sometimes it is necessary for one attorney to cover an appearance for the other – at trial, even. We will do our best to give you advance notice if your “lead” attorney will not be attending a court appearance.
Your fee will be determined by the time required to complete your case. In more complex cases, you could spend the price of a car in attorney’s fees. We will often ask you to do things for us in order to keep costs down – obtain records, for example. So that there is never a question, we will enter into a contract with you and clearly outline all fees and costs associated with your case.