Can I come to your office so you can evaluate my appeal?
We do not believe a California appeal can be evaluated competently in an hour-long consultation. We are pleased to speak with you over the telephone and meet with you for no charge for 30 minutes, schedule permitting, in order to learn about your appeal and so you can meet us and determine whether you would like to retain us as your appellate attorney.
After speaking on the phone or meeting in the office, you can determine whether or not you would like to engage us to perform an initial evaluation of your appeal. Typically, we will be able to reach some preliminary conclusions after spending anywhere from a half-day to two days reviewing key portions of the record and conducting preliminary legal research. We require a retainer in advance for this. However, the fee is calculated at a reduced rate of $250 per hour, so that ranges from $1,000 to $4,000.
After the initial appeal assessment, we will provide you a written memorandum with our preliminary conclusions. You then may decide whether you wish to hire us as your appellate attorneys.
However, please be advised this initial evaluation is just that, a preliminary assessment. Our conclusions may change after reading the entire appellate record or conducting additional legal research. We may find new avenues which improve your chance of success on appeal, or we may discover the original theories are not worth pursuing.
Additionally, because we handle all appeals from throughout California, there is no need for an in-person meeting. All arrangements can be handled via telephone, internet and overnight mail. Indeed, often we do not meet clients in person.