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Why Do Lawyers Charge for Consultations?

Posted by J. Benjamin Stevens | Mar 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

One of the most frequent questions that our office receives is “Do you offer free consultations?” The answer is “No”, but allow us to explain the reasons for our policy and why it should matter to you.

The attorneys at The Stevens Firm are highly skilled professionals, who have developed a very successful family law practice through many years of hard work. They are widely recognized by the legal community for their knowledge, and they regularly teach other lawyers (both locally and nationally) how to improve their own practices. Think about it for a moment, do the best surgeons offer free consultations?

Our attorneys have published books, been featured in national publications, and been interviewed on television and radio. Ben Stevens is one of a very few attorneys in South Carolina to be admitted as a Fellow in the prestigious American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and both Ben and Jenny Stevens are active with the South Carolina Bar in numerous capacities.

As a result of these accomplishments, our attorneys are highly sought after by potential clients. Keep in mind that attorneys sell their knowledge, skill, and ability, and they do so by selling their time. Because there are only so many hours in the day, our attorneys have to manage their time very wisely and efficiently, particularly in light of the many demands on their time.

Once an attorney has a consultation with a potential client, that attorney is not permitted to consult with or undertake representation of the opposing party. In other words, when you meet with one of our attorneys, you assure yourself that even if you choose not to hire them, at least the other side won't be able to do so against you in this case.

Finally, please understand that our attorneys are selective in deciding which cases to accept. We do not agree to accept every potential case that comes in, as we believe that doing so would do a disservice to the potential client. Each of our attorneys only handles a set number of cases at one time, and once that capacity is reached, no new cases are accepted until some of the existing cases are resolved. This practice ensures that we can provide the type of personal service that we believe distinguishes us from many other firms.

We hope that this article gives you a better understanding of our office policy and why do lawyers charge for consultations. If you would like to schedule a time to meet with one of our attorneys, you are welcome to contact our office at (864) 598-9172 during our normal business hours, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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