Law Office of Melanie Murray Mfume, LLC
Confidentiality is essential to the attorney-client relationship. Any communication between the attorney and client is privileged and protected from disclosure to any person without your permission. We cannot represent you effectively if we do not have full disclosure...that means we need to know everything! If you ever feel uncomfortable discussing something with the attorney, let her know so that you can work out an alternative way to communicate the information.
2. INITIAL CONSULTATION
The initial consultation is the first time that the attorney will sit down with you to discuss your case and determine whether facts exist which necessitate our services, based on the nature of the problem, the jurisdiction and parties involved, as well as other factors.
Along with the Client Intake Form, you need to be prepared to bring the following documents to the initial consultation:
-Tax returns for the past two (2) years
-W2s, 1099s, and any other applicable tax document for the past two (2) years
-Documentation for any pending litigation related to the case we will be discussing
-Statement of Authorization (see the Forms page)
-Bank statements, credit card statements for the past year
-Documents related to real property that you own individually and/or with your spouse
-An inventory of your personal property that you own individually and/or with your spouse
3. COURSE OF ACTION
After the attorney has had an opportunity to analyze the facts discussed in the initial consultation, conducted an investigation and reviewed the applicable law, she will recommend a course of action for your case, including what you can reasonably expect to result.
4. LEAVE THE LEGAL WORK TO THE PROFESSIONAL
It can be very tempting to try to research your case on your own or take legal advice from family or friends...this is not advisable and can make matters more complicated. Your attorney is trained and experienced in the law and is the individual best suited to make legal determinations and conclusions for your case. Any decisions that the attorney makes about your case will be communicated with you. If you are concerned or have a question about your case, please share it with the attorney as soon as possible so that the issue can be addressed in a timely manner.
5. COMMUNICATION AND UNDERSTANDING
Communication, cooperation and understanding is crucial, both for you and the attorney. We fully understand that you are experiencing a stressful situation and will make our very best efforts to keep all lines of communication open for any questions or comments.
6. SCHEDULED APPOINTMENTS AND CANCELLATIONS
Our time, just as yours, is precious! We will make every effort to start appointments on time, so we ask that you be on time as well. We understand that situations arise that are beyond your control but we ask that you please notify us as quickly as possible if you are going to be late or need to reschedule your appointment. We are always available by phone or email.
Thank you! We sincerely appreciate your business!