What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
We utilize both contingent fee billing (a percentage of the case recovery), and hourly billing, whichever is more appropriate for the case. There are limitations set by State law; for example, contingency fee contracts are not allowed in divorce cases. We charge reasonable fees for all work.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
For a lawyer, the best way to start the process of working with a new client is to LISTEN. Only by listening can a lawyer determine what a client needs, and whether those needs can be accomplished in the legal system. We emphasize good communication at every stage of the case.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
In addition to advanced education, our lawyers participate in continuing legal education that is specifically designed to keep us on the leading edge of the law. We also train to use the newest computer software to keep our law practice efficient and cost-effective.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
As a second generation lawyer, I have always been intrigued by the legal system. Although it has some drawbacks, it is still the best system in the world. When I represent people who are going through difficult times in their lives, I can make a big difference in their case, and their quality of life.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Young and old. Rich and poor. Any person can find himself or herself in need of a lawyer. When that happens, it feels good to be able to help.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
Our website at AnkerholzSmith.com describes some cases that we have undertaken. The length of time it takes to complete a case varies according to the type of case. Complex personal injury litigation will generally take much longer than a routine divorce, for example.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Look for experience. At Ankerholz and Smith, we accept only cases in the areas of law that we regularly practice. When you ask us to assist you, we will utilize the experience and legal techniques that have served our clients well for many years, as well as cutting edge legal theories to achieve the very best results. Our legal staff is trained to work with you as an individual, and to meet your special needs. We are here to help!
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Clients should ask themselves the question: how would a judge or jury objectively view my situation? Judges are reasonable people who try to think in terms of reasonable solutions to tough cases. If a client can remain somewhat objective about his or her situation, then our lawyers can best communicate about options available to the client.