Q: Is there a charge for an initial conference?
A: 
Typically not, if you have completed and returned the Questionnaire which can be downloaded from our Instructions for Initial Consultation. However, there may be a flat fee, disclosed in advance, to explain existing documents or review them for effectiveness in North Carolina. 

Q: How long will the initial conference last?
A:
One hour, maximum.

Q: What should I bring to the initial conference?
A:
It depends. See our Instructions for Initial Consultation for more information.

Q: May I bring my child or children to the initial conference?
A:
We love children (including our own!) but, frankly, the meeting will be more meaningful, with less distraction to all of us, if children are not present at the initial conference. Pictures, however, are encouraged!

Q: What should I expect to happen at the initial conference?
A:
To get to know each other better - who you are, what you need, who we are, what we offer - so each of us can decide whether we should move forward to work together on planning your life care and legacy. See our Instructions for Initial Consultation for more information.

Q: What is the process to determine what’s right for me?
A: To determine exactly what’s right for you, we have a process. The process is analogous to rounding the bases in a baseball diamond, beginning from home plate. Together, we move only one base at a time, each in sequence. And we don’t move from one base to the next without your knowing what to expect, including what fees will be involved to move to the next base…before you decide to go there. To see what I mean, you can take a look at our Baseball Diamond Analogy illustration.

Q: What are your fees?
A:
Fees will be openly discussed at the initial conference. People and circumstances are as different as snowflakes when it comes to estate planning, so there is no "one size fits all" way to set attorney fees. In fact, even for what a client might consider to be a "simple" matter, there are at least seven factors that the North Carolina State Bar considers when reviewing an attorney's fee. Without knowing your goals, background, net worth, tax status and circumstances of your family and loved ones, it is impossible to pre-determine or even closely estimate what your estate planning and document fees might be. Please know, however, that only if we both share the same sense of values for the anticipated scope of work should we consider working together. We can then agree on a fee arrangement that will have no surprises or disappointments to either of us. We feel that's the only fair way to do business.

Q: What do I get for my money?
A: While it is customary to describe an estate plan as a list of documents, in choosing an attorney you are not just “buying paper.” (For that matter, the paper and binders for our most complex documents would not cost over $100.00.) What you are choosing is the counselor who will design a plan that you must live with after your incapacity and your beneficiaries must live with after you are gone. You are choosing the advisor upon whom your loved ones will depend most likely at their most difficult times. You are creating a relationship that you should want to last for life. With Mitchiner Law Firm, you get all of that.

Q: Do you accept credit cards?
A: Yes. Visa and MasterCard.

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