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Bargain Hunting for Attorneys
As with any service, you get what you pay for. Avoid any attorney that offers to take your case for an unusually low fee. Most of these attorneys work for "volume" law firms, whose business model succeeds with a lot of clients and little personal attention. Generally, entry level attorneys will be working on your cases - not experienced, battle-hardened veterans. Worse yet, the attorney may be unqualified to properly handle your case. Remember, if a law firm is telling you something that sounds too good to be true - it probably is.
The REST OF YOUR LIFE is typically determined by the outcome in your case. If you find a law firm who will take your case for $7,500 less than another attorney, but the result is 15 years in prison, did you really have good representation? How much is five years or fifteen years of your life worth to you? How much are your gun rights worth to you? Is being a convicted felon an option for you? How do you think having a criminal history or record will affect your future?
Looking for an experienced, knowledgeable, and results-producing attorney is not like shopping for a new TV. In most cases, you cannot "return" an attorney if he or she does not work out for you. When you make the most important decision in your life - selecting an attorney who will stand beside you through the worst set of circumstances in your life – considering the results and quality of defense that your attorney can provide you is vital. Are you selecting a team of dedicated and experienced litigators or a single, high-volume lawyer? Are you paying a law firm simply to take your case? Or are you paying to get results?
Can I Afford the Attorneys at Feldmann Nagel Margulis?
We are not the least expensive law firm you will find, but we believe that we are hands-down the best defense attorneys who produce results for our clients. We provide experienced, knowledgeable, and aggressive defense attorneys at a price that most people can afford because of the efficiency of our team approach and the size of our law firm. Our defense team includes some of the most experienced and aggressive defense attorneys in the world, and most clients can afford our fees.
Attorney Charles Feldmann had this to say about the difference between a public defender and a private law firm:
I am often times asked by potential clients what the difference is between being represented by a public defender and a private law firm. My general response is to quote something my father told me when I was a young boy: "Son, you always get what you pay for, and there are no free lunches in life."
The criminal justice system is no different. In my 20+ years of experience, clients will receive the quality of legal services that they pay for. If a client wants a 'discount' lawyer to represent them in their pending matter, they should really expect to receive a 'discounted' type of representation. It is common sense. How can a lawyer with hundreds or even thousands of active clients and cases really provide exceptional representation of the client's interests? It is simple math – they can't. There are not enough hours in a day or days in the week for any lawyer to relentlessly handle that many client matters. It would be foolish for a potential client to think otherwise.
On the other hand, if a client wants a lawyer who only handles a small amount of client cases at any given time, and if a client wants a lawyer is who committed to obtaining the absolute best possible result for EACH of their active clients, then the client should probably NOT be looking for their attorney on yesterday's bargain discount table.
Experienced lawyers who only handle a few client cases at a time have the ability, time, and energy to focus zealously on their client's needs. I have attached a link to a recent article that explains the dire and bleak nature of our public defender system around the country. Public Defenders are good lawyers. I know, because I used to be one in the Marine Corps. But their weakness is their inability to produce exceptional results for each client when they handle hundreds of cases at a time. Lawyers are not superhuman.
Remember: "You get what you pay for."
How do I pay for my legal services?
Many clients do not readily have the cash required to mount the best possible defense. For this reason, most clients need help with their legal fees. Possible sources of cash for legal fees include family members, friends, credit cards, and home equity.
Our law firm works with our clients to find creative ways to help them with their retainer requirements and legal fees. We will do our best to ensure that we do everything we can to bring firepower to our client's legal matters in the most cost-effective manner.