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Protecting Your Legal Rights

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  • How long have you been in practice?
  • What kind of law do you normally practice?
  • Have you dealt with this specific kind of case before? How many times?
  • Would you handle my case personally, or someone else from your office?
  • What % of cases like mine have you won or settled in favor of your clients?
  • Can you give me 5 references from previous clients that I may contact?
  • Is there a fee for an initial in-person consultation?


  • What do you see as the strong points and weaknesses in my case?
  • What do you think the outcome of this suit will be?
  • Do you believe that we can settle out of court?
  • Do you think that this case will go to trial?
  • What could I stand to win or lose (monetary or otherwise)?
  • How long do you think this case will take, from start to finish?
  • Will you consult me before making any important decisions on my case?
  • How often will we be in touch throughout the process?


  • How do you charge for your services (hourly, contingency, etc.)?
  • Will you sign a written fee agreement before we begin my case?
  • Do you expect an up-front retainer to start this case? How much?
  • What do you estimate my total cost to be?
  • When do you expect payment (increments, at the end of the case, etc.)?
  • Will I get itemized billing throughout the process or at the end of the case?


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Ramona Creel is a modern Renaissance woman and guru of simplicity -- traveling the country as a full-time RVer, sharing her story of radically downsizing, and inspiring others to regain control of their own lives. As a Professional Organizer and Accountability Coach, Ramona will help you create the time and space to focus on your true priorities -- clearing away the clutter other obstacles and standing in the way of that life you've always wanted to be living. As a Professional Photographer, Ramona captures powerful images of places and people as she travels. And as a travel writer, social commentator, and blogger, she shares her experiences and insights about the world as we know it. You can see all these sides of Ramona -- read her articles, browse through her photographs, and even hire her to help get your life in order -- at www.RamonaCreel.com. And be sure to follow her on Twitter and on Facebook.

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