Initial consultations are available both over the phone and in person. A modest fee of $60 is charged. Unfortunately, this fee must be paid before your consultation can be confirmed, and the attorney
usually won't be able to call you before your consultation. If you decide to hire us to represent you, the $60 will be credited in full towards fees due for representation.
The only way to schedule a consultation is online at calendly.com/johndroelaw. If you do not have access to the Internet, we apologize, but we won't be able to schedule a consultation. In addition to requiring that those seeking consultations have Internet access, we require that all our clients have a valid email address and Internet access throughout the course of representation.
Why don't you offer free consultations?
We don't offer free consultations for several reasons. First, because the sheer volume of requests we receive for these consultations is so large, our attorney would be spending all day providing free consultations if we offered them. He wouldn't be able to serve existing clients effectively, including you, if you decide to hire him! At the very least, Mr. Johndroe would have to significantly increase his rates, and he wants his services to be as affordable as possible.
Second, many of our callers are in need of guidance, but may not be able to afford representation, or may not truly need it. Attorneys who offer free consultations aren't usually providing legal advice or answering legal questions because they can't afford to do this for free. Because we collect a fee, Mr. Johndroe is better able to delve into legal issues and try to point you in the right direction even if you aren't able to hire him. He's better able to tell you when it's not worth spending the money actually hiring him or another attorney. He's also able to devote more time to each consultation.
Our consultation fee is modest -- just $60 for up to an hour, when the average attorney's rate is approximately $300 per hour! We also credit this in full towards fees due if you decide to hire Johndroe Law to represent you. We think that this "middle ground" between a standard hourly rate and a free consultation is the best way to serve our prospective clients and people who may "just have a few questions," but who aren't really able to hire an attorney or don't really need to hire one.
Note that Mr. Johndroe practices law full time across Texas, and his schedule includes trials, hearings, mediations, depositions, travel, continuing education classes, discovery deadlines, and other obligations.
We understand that many of our potential clients may be dealing with matters that are inherently urgent, such as evictions, but the attorney is extremely busy and obligations to existing clients must be fulfilled. If your matter is time-sensitive, it is always best to try to schedule a consultation right away to increase the chance that you can be accommodated.
Regardless of your situation, Mr. Johndroe cannot provide a consultation before the first available time indicated on Calendly. If you require assistance earlier, we are very sorry, but have no choice but to encourage you to seek out a different attorney.