People have many questions when it comes time to consider whether to hire an attorney. Whether you are starting a business and looking for general business counsel, considering a claim to recover medical expenses and lost wages as a result of a car accident, or needing to defend a claim brought against you, you probably have several general questions about hiring an attorney. We have grouped some of the most frequently asked questions below.
Do you offer a free consultation?
Absolutely, yes. After discussing your potential claim with one of our qualified staff to ensure there is no conflict of interest, we will schedule an appointment for you to talk with one of our attorneys. This can be done in person at our office, or at your home if you are unable to travel due to injuries, or by phone, whichever is most convenient for you.
Do I have to pay up front to hire your law firm?
If you hire Morefield Speicher Bachman, LC on a contingency fee basis, you do not pay us anything up front until we make a recovery for you. If you don’t receive a settlement or verdict, we don’t receive any payment for attorneys fees.
For clients that hire us on an hourly or flat fee basis, our policy to is request an advanced fee payment. The amount of the advanced fee payment varies based on the type and scope of your claim. We put this advanced fee payment into a client trust account. At the end of the case, if you have money remaining in the trust account after payment of any fees you owe, we will refund that money to you.
What are your office hours?
Our offices are generally open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 5pm. However we often meet with clients either before or after office hours, to accommodate their schedules.
How do I hire your law firm to represent me?
To hire our law firm to represent you, we require you to sign either a Contingency Fee Agreement, or an Engagement of Counsel Agreement depending on the type of legal matter and the facts and circumstances of your particular case. We can discuss what type of contract best fits your needs when we meet for your free initial consultation. We will provide you with a sample copy of the contract to take home and review before making a final decision whether to hire our firm.
What types of cases do you handle?
We represent individuals and businesses in a wide variety of areas including business law and litigation, construction law, personal injury and wrongful death, trucking law and litigation, and workers compensation. Our personal injury cases involve issues ranging from broken bones to brain injuries.
There are certain types of cases we do not handle such as family law, criminal law, tax, immigration, and estate planning. However, our lawyers have been active in local, state and national bar associations and we know highly skilled lawyers in most practice areas throughout the country. We have a wide network of excellent attorneys that we can co-counsel with or recommend clients to, when appropriate, if you need help involving family law, criminal law, real estate transactions, employment law, landlord-tenant disputes, or immigration law.
Do you handle personal injury and wrongful death claims outside the Kansas City area?
Yes. All our attorneys are licensed in the state and federal courts of both Kansas and Missouri. We enjoy meeting people from all across the country, and regularly travel throughout Kansas and Missouri to represent a wide variety of clients.
We have represented Kansas clients in Independence, Hutchinson, Wichita, Topeka, Lawrence, Emporia, Salina, McPherson, Atchinson, Hays, Liberal, Dodge City, Garden City, Olathe, Overland Park, Lenexa, Pittsburg, Shawnee, Leawood, Spring Hill, Gardner, Paola, Tonganoxie, Edwardsville, DeSoto, and Kansas City.
We have handled cases throughout Missouri, including Kansas City, Lee’s Summit, Independence, Blue Springs, North Kansas City, Joplin, Parkville, Platte City, Liberty, Belton, Harrisonville, Butler, Nevada, Lebanon, Jefferson City, Springfield, Bloomfield, St. Charles, and St. Louis.
With our firm’s commitment to staying up on the latest developments in technology, and many courts offering e-filing and other electronic services, we are able to cost-effectively represent clients wherever they live.