Yes, retainers are required in all cases, to pay for legal services. There is both an attorney and a paralegal hourly rate in family law cases. All legal services provided are recorded and an invoice is provided to the client on a monthly basis. Payment, prices, and fees are all discussed in great detail and length during the intake appointment with the client. To ensure services are clear and payment is fully understood, a formal contract is drafted and signed by the client and me, the attorney, with both receiving a copy of the engagement letter and fee agreement. If you request, you can preview an example engagement letter and fee agreement ahead of time, as well. For more information about retainers, fees, and payment options, please see the "Practice" section on the Majeski Law website and call for a consultation.
With any new client, I always recommend a brief phone consultation. The consultation allows the individual to explain the situation, assess my knowledge and experience, ask any questions about me and/or the firm, and ensures that there is no conflict of interest. Then, to retain my services, an intake appointment is scheduled with the new client at the office. (If the client requests, intake appointments can also be held via video conference, or in a location of the client's choosing, and if needed, outside of normal business hours.) During the intake appointment, the client-attorney relationship is established, the engagement letter and fee agreement is discussed and signed, the retainer is deposited, and we start working on the case. Together, with the client, we'll identify his/her goals, attend to pressing matters, and plan the next steps to proceed. Typically, the intake appointment lasts about an hour and an half. However, it's really up to the client. I'll dedicate as much time as the client wants/needs for the intake appointment to ensure that all his/her questions are answered, s/he has a better understanding of the case, feels comfortable, and knows the next steps.
I earned my Bachelors in Psychology and worked on a Ph.D. in Psychology at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. However, my interest for Law continued to grow so I pursued an additional degree. In 2008, I graduated from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota. My background and 10 years of professional experience working with families, individuals, and adolescents in the mental health field lead me to dedicate my practice to Family Law. Within the same year of graduating, I passed the Bar and was admitted as an Attorney and Counselor of the Supreme Court of the State of Minnesota. In 2009, I founded Majeski Law, LLC., a Minnesota divorce and family law practice. For the past 9 years, in addition to serving clients, I've also been an active member of the Minnesota, Ramsey County, and Washington County Bar Association and Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. Since 2014, I have served as Co-Chair for the Family Law Section of the Ramsey County Bar Association. I have received and continue to receive a number of awards, such as, the Top 40 under 40 Minnesota Family Lawyer and the President's Award by the Minnesota State Bar Association - demonstrating my commitment to my clients. In addition to being a top contributor to AVVO on Divorce and Family Law matters, I continue to provide pro bono services at the Washington County Legal Clinic in Stillwater, Minnesota. Lastly, my dedication is illustrated by my continual participation in legal education, conferences, seminars and trainings. (All of which are reported to the Minnesota Bar Association).