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  1. Transactional experience versus trial experience - What is the importance?
  2. What is a holistic approach to the practice of law?
  3. How do I retain the services of Randall K. Edwards PLLC?

Why is it important that a transactional (business or estate planning) attorney have trial experience, or that a trial attorney have transactional experience?

Many lawyers spend their entire career behind a desk, never darkening the door of a courthouse.  They draft documents, negotiate contracts, meet with clients and formulate plans, but never appear before a judge or jury.

Other lawyers spend their careers in court, prosecuting misdemeanors or defending criminal cases, but never spend time counseling clients on the legal aspects of important business or personal decisions.

The best combination of experience, however, is for a lawyer to have a balance of both transactional and trial experience.  If, for example, a transactional attorney has never put a witness on the stand, sweated through a deposition or waited for a jury’s verdict, the lawyer will not really be able to predict with any certainty from real-life litigation experience whether, and how, a transaction will stand up in court.  On the other hand, if a lawyer is a master of the courtroom but has little experience in counseling clients on how to avoid litigation, the lawyer may be ill-prepared to craft legal advice that is in the client’s best interest.

At the Law Office of Randall K. Edwards, we offer a broad experience in trial and transactional law.

What is a “holistic” approach to the practice of law?

Comedian Steve Wright used to say, “You can’t have everything … where would you put it?”  In the same sense, no law firm – no matter how large – can “have everything” when it comes to addressing a client’s legal needs.  For that reason, it is necessary that there be a “holistic” – or “complete” – approach to dealing with a client’s particular situation.

Legal necessities do not exist in a vacuum.  To the contrary, every client’s situation is made up of a variety of factors.  For example:

  • A business looking for help in plotting its course requires not only legal counsel, but financial input, risk management assessments, insurance specialists, and accounting and tax advice.
  • A victim of an accident seeking redress needs input from medical professionals, life care planners, occupational therapists and financial advisers.
  • A defendant in civil litigation needs not only competent tactical legal advice, but also counsel on the management of potential risk in moving forward to a trial.
  • An elderly couple planning the distribution of their estate upon their deaths need to review not only legal procedures, but also tax ramifications and long-term needs for their heirs.
  • A young entrepreneur starting out in business requires advice not only from a lawyer, but also from financial, insurance and accounting professionals on the best legal structure to use for a maximum of flexibility and a minimum of risk, the best way to utilize a business plan and, where necessary, an exit strategy.
  • A medical professional concerned about the possibility of a devastating lawsuit needs help in protecting assets through the wise use of insurance, as well as business and other legal structures.
  • An individual cheated in a business requires an expert is finding and levying assets in order to be fully compensated.

A “holistic” approach to the practice of law recognizes that a client’s total situation must be addressed in solving what may at first blush appear only to be a legal problem.  A “holistic” practitioner utilizes professionals from other disciplines – such as accountants, financial planners, insurance agents, medical personnel and, where necessary, other lawyers, to fully assess and address each client’s particular needs.

The Law Office of Randall K. Edwards is proud to use a “holistic” approach to addressing client needs.  Our professionals not only utilize our own team of accountants, insurance specialists, medical experts, tax specialists, financial advisers, asset protection planners and trial attorneys, but also work with each client’s advisers in order to address every client’s unique needs.

How do I retain the services of Randall K. Edwards PLLC ?

Answer:  There are generally three ways of payment for legal services; hourly, flat rate and contingent fee.  The Law Office of Randall K. Edwards utilizes all three methods, each of which requires a signed agreement between the firm and the client.  Thus a general explanation of each is useful.

Initial consultation:

 Usually an initial consultation with the firm costs $150 for an hour’s consultation.  In this consultation, the firm can advise you whether you have a legal matter the firm can help you with.

Hourly rate:

The Law Office of Randall K. Edwards takes cases on an hourly rate in most business planning and litigation matters, as well as complex estate and asset protection planning.  What that means is that the office charges the client for all of the time that is actually spent on the case.  The hourly charge includes time spent on the telephone, time expended researching the case and drafting legal documents, time used in strategizing on the case, travel time and all other time spent working on the case.  The client is also required to pay all costs, such as filing fees, expert fees, travel and lodging costs and other associated costs.

Contingency fee:

On selected types of cases, including serious personal injury cases, medical malpractice matters, wrongful death suits, civil rights actions and some collection matters, the firm enters into a contingency fee arrangement with the client.  This means that the firm takes a certain percentage of the overall recovery as its fee.  This percentage generally ranges from 40% to 50% of the total recovery, depending on the type of case.  In cases where there is a statutory cap on fees, the firm is obviously bound by the relevant regulations (for example, some state statutes limit attorney’s fees in medical malpractice actions to one-third of the total recovery).

In contingency fee cases, the client remains responsible for the payment of all costs of the case, including filing fees, expert witness fees, travel costs and other hard costs associated with the case.  In the event that the firm pays any of the fees on the client’s behalf, the firm expects to be reimbursed from the client’s share of the recovery.  In cases where there is no recovery, the client remains ultimately responsible for the payment of costs.

Flat fee:

In certain types of cases, including immigration matters, estate planning and asset protection planning and implementation, as well as certain types of business transactions, the firm may enter into a flat fee arrangement.  This means that the firm will be paid a certain amount agreed on between the firm and the client, regardless of the number of hours spent by the firm on the project.  The amount of the fee will depend on the type of case, the estimated time required for the project and the complexity of the matter.

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