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THE BOLIN FIRM

FAQs

Have a question? You’re in the right place.

We’ve anticipated some of the questions that you may have about The Bolin Firm and have answered them in a manner to give you as much information as possible. If there are questions that are not answered and you wish an answer, be sure to let us know by email at [email protected] Please remember that we cannot answer your legal questions by email.

Is The Bolin Firm a lawyer referral service?

No. I do not refer your case to any lawyer. If you decide that your case requires a lawyer to handle it, you must find that lawyer by yourself. I will help you understand the issues involved in your case, but I will not help you choose a lawyer and I will not make a lawyer recommendation or referral.

Is my information confidential?

Yes. You come to The Bolin Firm and me to seek legal advise via consultation. Thus, you must understand that you are a prospective client, as that term is defined by the rules of professional conduct, governing the conduct of attorneys. It is important to emphasize that The Bolin Firm is a consultation only, counseling law firm. I will not handle your case. Thus, even though The Bolin Firm is a consultation only firm, and will not enter into a retainer agreement with you, your information is still confidential and cannot be disclosed. Your communication will be held in confidence and your secrets will be protected and preserved. That allows you to freely seek legal advice from the firm and me.

What costs are involved if I book with you?

There is a flat fee of $300 per hour to consult with me. Once your booked consultation time is over, that concludes your relationship with The Bolin Firm and me. Your questions are handled in a confidential manner and your secrets are maintained.

Bring your legal questions. I’ll answer them and help you figure out for yourself the best options to follow. I am here only to answer your legal question and guide you with no strings attached. I do not accept retainers and I do not give lawyer referrals. I established The Bolin Firm as an alternative to traditional, full-service legal representation. Instead of handling every task in a matter from start to finish, The Bolin Firm provides limited scope attorney-client consultation only, to prospective clients as to their legal issues. This is intended to allow the prospective client a better opportunity to understand rights, obligations, issues, costs and potential landmines involved in the matters they are dealing with.

The Bolin Firm seeks to help the prospective client understand that litigation may not be the path to follow and that alternate dispute resolution, amongst other legal avenues that may be available to them, may be more suitable. You can confidently and confidentially ask your questions and have a discussion of what issues your matter involves.

It could be as simple as a letter you got threatening a lawsuit, a disagreement with your employer, landlord or business partner, or issues involving separation or contemplated divorce. It could be something to do with your HOA, your insurance coverage, debts, bankruptcy, or that you are contemplating mediation or arbitration of an issue. Or possibly you want to know what to do about a nuisance matter, premises that need repairs, disputes involving a contract you are involved in or an injury you sustained, contemplating whether or not to start a lawsuit, or any other legal question that you may have. I will discuss them with you so that you can have a basic understanding of what your matter entails. Knowledge is power. And with it you make better decisions as to what you wish to do, and take control of your situation.

It is important that you be prepared with all the questions you have before your scheduled appointment. And once we begin, noes are to have a pen and paper handy to jot down certain salient points, as well as any follow up questions you may have.

Do I pay before consultation?

Yes, booking your appointment must be pre-paid in full. The terms of the pre-payment nonrefundable reservations require full payment to be made at the time of booking. Payment will be processed and debited from the authorized credit card account.

What is your refund policy?

No refund will be offered for cancellations, no-shows and early conclusion of consultations. Changes or amendments to the reservation will be termed as cancellations and no refund will be offered. If you cannot keep your appointment, you must notify us at least 24 hours before your appointment, so we can reschedule you to another date. Failure to do so will be considered a no-show.

Can I reschedule my appointment?

Yes, but you must do so at least 24 hours before your appointment time. Please contact us by email at [email protected]. If you do not reschedule at least 24 hours before your scheduled appointment, then you are considered a no-show and no refund is due.

What if the Bolin Firm needs to move my appointment?

We will notify you by email if for some unforeseen reason, Ms. Bolin will be unavailable, and offer you dates and times to choose from.

What makes you different from an attorney that I might hire?

The one main difference is that I am here to answer your questions only and I am not looking for you to retain me to handle your case. So, I can honestly tell you whether you even have a case to begin with, whether you should be seeking full scope legal representation, if the matter is something you can handle yourself, whether mediation and arbitration are better options for you, or if in my estimation, you should just walk away. Since I am not looking to take on you case, I can tell you what you should know and not what I want you to know in order to get your business.

There is a flat $200 per hour to consult with the Bolin Firm and me. You book your time, come with all your questions,  and they are handled in a confidential manner with your secrets maintained. Once the consultation session is over, that concludes your relationship with The Bolin Firm and me, unless you choose to book again at another time.

With traditional law firms, you are either going to sign a retainer agreement that takes a percentage of your case, or be charged an hourly rate (or sometimes both). I am only here to give you an understanding of the issues in your case. Most firms charge anywhere from $250 to $750 per hour depending on the expertise involved and the firm involved. Retaining attorneys can be very expensive. It is not something you should undertake without fully understanding the costs, time and stresses involved. The average case goes to trial within 2 to 3 years. Some can take much longer. Some cases are not even over after trial concludes, as appeals and post-trial wrangling remains. You must understand what the costs of litigation will entail before you rush out to hire a lawyer. People often discover far too late in the process that litigation was not their best course of action in the first place. But by the time that realization comes to light, they are usually so deep into it that trying abandon the case could be very difficult to do, and would pose an entirely new set of problems. The cost of litigation is something you should carefully consider. Some of the these litigation costs include:

  • Filing fees
  • Attorney’s hourly fee
  • Attorney’s support staff fees
  • Depositions (between $1,500 to $5,000 each)
  • Experts (average is $750 per hour)
  • Trial preparation and Trial
  • Jury fees

If you lose your case, you may be ordered to pay the attorneys’ fees of the other side. That can be crippling. In addition to the fees and costs of proceeding with a lawsuit, there are the emotional tolls and stresses that you go through with litigation and alternatives to litigation. Again, it is important that you first come to a firm like mine to get the basic information you need to make some sound, calm and sober decisions that can have lasting impact on your life and the lives of your loved ones. You can get that from me, with no strings attached, for a simple, flat fee. No surprises. No catch.

Will you be soliciting more work from me?

Absolutely not. This is a question we can easily answer for you, because we are not trying to get you as a client whose case we’ll take to court. We can tell you whether your case is one that you should go home, think about and find a way to resolve amicably. There are many wonderful avenues to resolve cases without going to court. For instance, in divorce cases, there are wonderful avenues of mediation. Divorces cases bring out the worse kind of emotions in people. It does not have to be that way. If you decide to make it acrimonious, you are only enriching lawyers. In contract disputes, there are arbitrations and mediations. In some contracts, there are already arbitration clauses, so, you have no choice but to proceed with arbitration or the other side will drag you back into arbitration, by moving to compel arbitration and you may be stuck with unnecessary legal expenses. If you suffered an injury, damage to your property, loss of your employment, having issues with your landlord, not getting anywhere on a contract matter, there are options to deal with these.

If it becomes clear that your case must be litigated, you will be better prepared to understand what to expect. While it is not possible to foresee every aspect of a matter once litigation ensues, we can help you have a decent understanding of what some of those may be. There are statutes of limitations that dictates you must file your lawsuit within a certain time period or lose the right to do so forever. So, it is important to know if you have a ticking time that mandates you take action to protect your right to sue before it runs out on you.

How do I prepare for my appointment with you?

My consultation appointments are on via the telephone only. So, you are able to be in the comfort of your home, in front of your own computer and your paperwork and ask me legal questions that you are seeking guidance on. On rare occasions, a meeting may become necessary. To prepare for your telephone appointment, first book and pay for the time you need. I believe that one hour is the least amount of time that will be needed for your consultation and should be adequate for most basic questions. So, appointment are created in increments of one hour. If you think your matter needs more than one hour, be sure to reserve those hours at the time of your booking. Carefully write the crux of your legal matter. Write down the questions that you want answered. No matter how important or unimportant, you think the question is, write it down and bring it up.

If you need someone to translate for you, please have that person on the phone right there with you.

Have a question about something that’s not on this list?

While I can’t answer legal issues through email, I may be able to answer other questions you have regarding how I work, what I offer, and how the overall process typically goes. Feel free to drop me a note and if I am able I will try to respond to you within a reasonable amount of time. But please understand that if the question has anything to do with your legal situation and/or case, I will not be able to respond as I consider that improper.

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“The most satisfying cases that I have resolved for my clients were recovering money for them through tough negotiated settlements before they were ever subjected to one nasty deposition session.”

– Ngozi E. Bolin, Esq.

Ready to discuss your case, understand your options, and take control of your own future?