To schedule a meeting with one of the firm’s attorney, please call
- 312-899-0950 for the Chicago office
- 847-906-3584 for the Arlington Heights office
- 847-261-4708 for the Skokie office
- 847-886-9456 for the Vernon Hills office
When calling to set up an appointment, you will speak with Joshua Roma, our paralegal and intake specialist. This call is an opportunity for you to discuss your situation and for us to listen. If our services match your needs, Joshua will work with you to find an available date for you to come to meet with one of our attorneys.
Two things will happen prior to your meeting. The first is that you will receive a questionnaire from our office, either in electronic form or through the mail, depending on your preference. Different circumstances call for different information, so the questionnaire you receive will be specific to your situation. The purpose of the questionnaire is to gather as much background information before the meeting so that the information is readily available for the attorney when you meet. This will maximize your time with the attorney, as more of your time can be spent discussing possible solutions and next steps. It also provides the attorney with a more solid understanding of your situation, which will in turn assist her in providing specific advice that will benefit you most.
Secondly, prior to your appointment, you will receive a phone call from our office reminding you of the date and time of your appointment.
What happens during your meeting? After?
The first meeting lasts one hour and fifteen minutes long. During this time, you will meet with one of our attorneys and discuss your circumstances with her. The information included in your questionnaire will help to guide that conversation. After you discuss your situation and the details surrounding it, the attorney will talk about some strategies for how your situation may be remedied and what steps would need to be taken in order to achieve that solution. She will also discuss the approximate costs involved in assisting with your elder law matter so that you are aware of the financial commitment ahead of you and can make an informed decision on how to proceed.
The charge for the first meetng is $350 and it is important to know why. “Free” is good, but some things are free for a reason. Our attorneys have over 50 combined years assisting their clients with elder law matters of all shapes and sizes. At Dutton & Casey, the first meeting is designed as an opportunity to sort through your situation and come up with a plan on how to deal with that situation, whatever it may be. It is not a sales meeting. Each of our clients is unique, and as a result, we do not believe in a “one size fits all” approach. We will provide only those solutions that fit your needs, not a generic package that ignores your real concerns while addressing some that do not even apply to you. The meeting may even provide you with the information you need to understand that you may not need to retain an attorney after all. By investing in a productive consultation, you are investing in knowledgeable, attentive and tailored legal assistance.
After the meeting, you will have the option to retain Dutton & Casey to represent and assist you in your matter. If you choose to do so, we ask that you sign and return our retainer letter (which we will provide once you notify us that would like us to assist with your matter) along with the agreed upon retainer amount. Once we receive the signed document along with the retainer amount, the work begins immediately.
If you would like to schedule an appointment with Dutton & Casey, P.C., please fill out the form and Joshua will contact you.
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