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Initial Consultation

One of the most helpful services we provide to potential clients is the consultation.  During your consultation, we attempt to answer as many questions as possible.  We take the time to understand your situation, your needs, and your goals. You can depend upon candid and thorough answers.  After learning about you, we can give you tailored advice which can save you significant time, money, and stress.  To read more about our team approach and what makes us different, click here.

If you are considering retaining our firm, the consultation provides an excellent opportunity for you to become acquainted with our professional team, who will be there to help you throughout your case.  The consultation is confidential and subject to the attorney-client privilege, even if you do not retain us.

Important goals for the consultation include making you feel comfortable, determining the unique problems you face in the circumstances of your case, obtaining necessary information to set goals, evaluate, and plan your case.  We perform an initial analysis, looking at known facts, the law, and the strengths and weaknesses of your case.  Great care is taken in helping you choose what course of action is best for you and your family.  This early analysis includes decisions regarding the investigation and legal research necessary to accomplish your goals.

Out of State or Foreign clients:

We can provide to you a telephone or video-conference consultation.  A “telephone or video-conference consultation” is just like a regular consultation, except for the fact that it occurs over the telephone or your computer via the Internet.


If you are visiting us for consultation, please understand, however, that, even though you may have decided you would like to engage our firm, we reserve the unconditional right not to represent you.  There are many reasons why we might decide not to represent you, but if we make such a decision, it should never be taken personally.


Why we cannot answer legal questions over e-mail before you become a client:

We often receive e-mails from individuals seeking legal advice. Some ask simple questions.  Some are desperate pleas for help. We cannot answer questions, give legal advice, or quote retainer ranges or fee rates over e-mail for several reasons.  Also, we will not schedule consultations via e-mail.

First, we provide legal advice to clients only.  Several things need to happen before Harris & Hunt, P.A. accepts a new client.  When a person calls for the first time, the firm must do a conflict check to see whether accepting the new client would present a conflict with any existing clients of the firm.  To do this, we would need to know your full name and address and the identity of any parties adverse to you.  It would also be necessary for you to tell us, without revealing any confidential information, the general nature of your family law problem.  If our conflict check does not reveal any known conflicts, then we would be able to proceed.  We would describe our billing rates and policies to you.  In general, we charge by the hour plus expenses or we charge a flat fee amount, based on the complexity of your case.  Our hourly rates are adjusted from time to time and vary somewhat according to the complexity and scope of the matter.

Second, in order to answer questions accurately, we may need to ask you several questions or review documents, which cannot easily be done via e-mail.

Third, we do not have any way to know whether or not the person is who he or she claims to be or is already represented by another attorney.

 

Tampa Office

100 South Ashley Drive, Suite 300  •  Tampa, FL 33602
Phone: (813) 223-5421  •  Fax: (813) 223-6127  •  E-mail: admin@harrishuntpa.com

St. Petersburg Office

200 Central Avenue, Suite 290  •  St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Phone: (727) 310-3017
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