I’ve decided to engage in a little experiment. In an effort to more effectively communicate with my clients, I’m going to open up texts to me to clients and prospective clients. This may end being a disaster, but perhaps increased communication with clients will be with it.
Text me: 919-356-8989
Note: Email remains the best way to contact me.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness; That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.
In 1776, our forefathers adopted a philosophy that laid the foundation for a new nation. They pledges their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor on these ideas. Many of them died, were financially ruined, lost children and were imprisoned as a result of their actions. About half of the signers of the Declaration of Independence were lawyers, including John Penn and William Hooper of the North Carolina delegation.
Whatever you think of the legal profession today, it has a long and storied history of preserving our freedoms, second only to the brave members of our armed services. This Independence Day take a moment to appreciate your freedoms. Thank a veteran for their service. Say a prayer for those who have given their lives for our liberty. Make sure you have your lawyer’s contact information handy in case you need them to help defend your freedoms and liberties. And perhaps take a critical look at where we are as a country; have we given up essential liberties for which our forefathers died in our search for elusive security and promises of well-being? I think of my clients who are fed, sheltered, clothed, and have free healthcare… because they are in prison. What will you do without freedom?
Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free. ~ Ronald Reagan, 1961
It’s a harsh reality. What I mean by that is this: God knows the truth, but any human pursuit of truth is imperfect at best. What court is ultimately about, for good or ill, is the believable evidence. Read more…
Every husband I know has stepped in it at some point. Get caught off guard and unawares and some little nugget of good-intentioned but embarrassing truth slips out. “No, I guess I’m not real fond of your sister.” “How was dinner? …ummm..” “Does that dress make your butt look big? Pfft…no. But maybe wear the other instead?” Innocence and good intentions only get you so far.
And yet, recognizing how often we misspeak, get taken out of context, or otherwise “step in it”, folks still try to talk themselves out of serious criminal matters without the presence and advice of an attorney.
We’ve all watched Law and Order, and we know how the guys that “lawyer up” are made to look. It doesn’t have to be like that. You are always free to exercise your 5th Amendment right against self-incrimination. You also have a right to an attorney. Even if, and perhaps especially if, you are innocent. You can simply tell law enforcement that the whole proceeding makes you nervous, not because you did anything, but just because of your inexperience with it all and the seriousness of the situation.
I have seen person after person talk their way INTO criminal charges. It is very rare to talk yourself out of them. That’s my job.
My office has always offered a free 30 minute consultation. I don’t believe in charging a fee until you and I have an idea whether my services can be of assistance to you. What value can you get out of a free consultation?
- The opportunity to confidentially discuss your situation with qualified and experienced legal counsel.
- An impartial assessment of your claims and defenses.
- A clear explanation of the services I provide and the potential outcomes we might achieve for you.
- A specific fee quote, so that you can assess whether it is worth it to you to retain counsel for your case.
Additionally, in many minor matters like small claims and traffic cases, if I can’t cost-effectively represent you, I may be able to give you sufficient guidance for you to represent yourself.
I have had clients ask me why I would talk myself out of a potential fee like this. There are two reasons. First, I would hate for a client to regret hiring me or feel like that were taken advantage of because they found out later that they could have easily handled a matter on their own. Secondly, I want you to know that I’m giving you the best service that I can, and that it’s not just about the bottom line. If I quote you a fee for my services, it’s because I honestly believe that I can provide a service that you cannot provide for yourself, or at least that I can provide a greater chance of success and reduced stress and inconvenience.
If you have a legal question, contact me today.