Thank you for visiting the Family Law Lawyer Tech & Practice blog. My name is John Harding. I am a family law lawyer practicing in Northern California. Long ago I realized that I could practice law more effectively and more efficiently (i.e., better and easier) by availing myself of the technological tools that are out there. I also learned that a successful law practice requires successful marketing. Hardware and software working together make me a better lawyer, and make my life easier. Marketing helps to bring in the business necessary for professional survival. By this blog I hope to share the tips, tricks, and technology that I have learned about so that others may benefit!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Thoughts On Charging A Consultation Fee

When I first started practicing law I offered free consultations. I thought I had to? I needed clients, and free consultations got people in the door. With time I began to realize that I was spending a lot of time giving out free advice. My hire rate from those free consultations was maybe ten to twenty percent. Most of those visits were from people who came right out and said something along the lines of: "I have no intention of hiring a lawyer, but I do want you to tell me how to do my own divorce."

With time I gained confidence, and began charging a consultation fee. At $250 it is still a bargain, but it compensates me for some of my time, and filters out most of the brain pickers (see above).

At her Legal Ease Blog Allison Shields offers her thoughts on consultation fees, and agrees that consultation fees are good practice. It is a good read. Click here for the original article.

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