If you’ve never had a legal issue you hired an attorney for, the process may seem intimidating, but we want to eliminate that. We’re here to help and pride ourselves on transparency in the process. This is what it will look like.
Step 1: Contact us for an initial consultation.
Our first conversation will be to gather some basic information about your situation so we can get an idea of your legal needs and figure out if we’re a good fit. If you complete our online request, one of us or our staff will give you call, usually within 48 hours. While we can’t give you legal advice during that call, we will identify the steps needed to help you. If our firm isn’t the right fit for your issue, we are happy to provide references for reputable attorneys and organizations that are. Either way, your time is well spent by contacting us today.
We can then determine what type of Consultation will best fit your needs- a brief phone call, a half-an-hour consult, or a document review and consult combination.
*If you’ve been referred to us from the Oregon State Bar referral service, there will be a $35 charge for a 30-minute consultation.
Step 2: Come into our office, or meet through Video Teleconferencing, for a one hour appointment.
If you’d prefer a more detailed consultation that includes document review and providing legal advice, we will schedule a time for you to meet with Lewis or Kelsyn- we have virtual conferencing availability so you don’t have to come downtown if that is inconvenient for you. We’ll have you bring any information and documents that we’ve identified as helpful during the phone consultation. We will also discuss the terms of our legal services, and ensure that you understand the plan for your case. The cost for this meeting is $200. We understand people have all sorts of circumstances, and if this is not affordable to you, we are happy to recommend some low cost or free legal aid services. The $200 is the only cost you’ll be obligated to or charged for this meeting. You’ll be able to decide in a non-pressured environment whether you want to move forward after the appointment.
Step 3: Decide if The Bridge Law Firm is right for you.
When you decide to hire The Bridge Law Firm to represent you, we will fill out a detailed retainer agreement that explains, clearly and transparently, the costs associated with the specific services we provide you. Ask questions- we love them. Some cases, such as routine DUII’s may have a flat fee (a one time, upfront cost). Most cases, such as divorces, landlord/tenant matters, parenting plans or court hearings, will be charged on an hourly basis. Our attorney’s hourly billing fees range from $150-$285. In the case of a Flat Fee Agreement, we would charge you an agreed upon amount up front when you agree to our representation.
Step 4: The Bridge Law Firm gets to work for you.
We’ll get to the business of handling your matter immediately upon receipt of your retainer agreement and we’ll keep you informed every step of the way. You’ll have access to your own records at any time, through our Client Portal.