Main Office – 79 West Monroe Street, Suite 1320, Chicago, Illinois 60603
In addition to our Chicago office, we offer appointments in Arlington Heights, Skokie, and Westchester. We also offer appointments via telephone and video conferencing.
Office Phone Numbers:
312.899.0950 – Chicago
847.261.4708 – Arlington Heights, Skokie, and Westchester
Office Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Details Regarding Scheduling a Meeting
When setting up a meeting, you will work with Erin Vogt, our client care coordinator and intake specialist. If our services match your needs, Erin will work with you to find an available date for you to meet with Janna Dutton, Kathryn Casey, or Helen Mesoloras.
Erin will also send you a questionnaire to complete, and return, prior to the meeting. The purpose of the questionnaire is to gather 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.
What Happens at Your First Meeting with an Attorney?
The first meeting is scheduled for one hour. During this time, you will meet with Janna Dutton, Kathryn Casey, or Helen Mesoloras and discuss your situation. The information included in your questionnaire will help to guide that conversation. After you discuss your situation and the details surrounding it, Janna, Katie, or Helen 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 legal 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 meeting is $350, and it is important to know why. “Free” is good, but some things are free for a reason. Our attorneys have over 90 combined years of experience assisting their clients with legal 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. It is an investment. 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 meeting, 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 you 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.