What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
Yes. Our attorneys bill at an hourly rate of $250 an hour.
We keep our rate low so that we can assist clients in finding quality representation for a reasonable price.
If two lawyers are working on your case at the same time, we will generally reduce the fee of one of them to that of a paralegal rate, however if two attorneys are required to go to trial or hearing you will be charged for both of the attorneys time.
We require an initial retainer that needs to be paid when the fee agreementaaagssiggnefsigned and then an evergreen retainer to be maintained throughout the litigation or representation process.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
We require a forensic initial interview with the client, which includes the client filling out a detailed client questionnaire.
After we conduct the forensic interview, we will then request initial documentation and evidence to support their matter and after receiving same and performing the required initial research, our representation will begin.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
All attorneys employed by the firm have the minimum education of Juris Doctorate, JD. Our paralegals are either certified or have the equivalence of a paralegal certification.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
Sheldon Goldstein was a business owner and international Artist.
Michelle Scopellite was an Industrial Engineer.
Individually, they decided to go back to school in order to better their understanding of the law and their respective businesses. They were both accepted to, and attended Texas A& M School of Law in Fort Worth Texas.
Deciding to begin their practice specializing in divorce litigation (their first office was located on a street named "Lovers Lane" in Dallas Texas interestingly), they soon outgrew that office and are now located in a historical building built in 1863 in Uptown Dallas.
In 2013 they opened an office in Tucson Arizona and that office has grown consistently in the last three years, while helping clients in the Tucson metroplex area.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Over the past 14 years in practice, hundreds of our clients have trusted our firm in representing them, in all different types of matters, and in the five areas of law of which we practice.
just as they do with us, we thank them for their trust and their friendship.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
We are a litigation firm with our attorneys and support staff enjoy the process of litigating. This is important because not all attorneys are equipped with or have the knowledge, experience or ability to litigate.
Litigation can be a complicated process that turns in many different directions during the litigation process and therefore our attorneys needs to know how to change direction and create new strategy, and we do and follow through.
In fact on a daily basis I have people emailing our firm with nightmares that happened in their previous or current case, nightmares that occurred usually by their other flat rate attorney. If our clients stay with our firm, they are pleased and have nothing but great things to say us.
The foremost reason that a previous client would be asked to leave our firm, is because they did not pay their invoices due our firm. The second most reason would be because they did not follow our advice.
Ask for Litigation process, some cases will settle quickly while others will go on months or years and will go to trial.
There is no way to determine the time or the direction the case will take and there is no guarantee as to the outcome of your case.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
I would ask the attorney what type of success rate they have in the area of law that you are seeking representation.
I would also ask what their appellate success rate is because, if you lose in a lower court and the evidence does not support your loss, you're going to need to appeal your case to a higher court, and if you need to file an appeal your going to want somebody who can take your case to that higher court level or be able to appeal or ask for rehearing on a lower court case as well.
(In our opinion, if the attorney doesn't file appeals on a regular basis, then they likely do not understand the standard of review and the precedent law, which is required in in that particular area of law, and this will hurt your case because they will not be able to properly litigate issues.
Next, I would ask what type of reputation they have with the courts and of their knowledge of the judges hearing cases in your particular county courts.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
It is our opinion that a person seeking legal representation should first determine what hourly rate they can afford, as the litigation process can be expensive.
Then we would ask the attorney the questions as stated above.
If you cannot afford an hourly rate attorney then we recommend that you reach out to family members and friends to see if they can assist you in hiring and paying for an hourly rate attorney.
Next, It is also our opinion, that if you cannot afford an hourly rate attorney or if you are retaining a flat rate attorney, that you ask that attorney what the average number of hours the rate is based on, so that you know the amount of time that that attorney will be spending on your matter, as the amount of time they have alloyed in that rate may not be enough.