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Dear Attorneys,

I keep looking for attorneys to help me, or to give me advice. However, every time I find someone I think might be able to assist me, they tell me that I have to pay for a consultation.  I just need to know why I should pay for a consultation. I don’t want to pay to know what I have to pay!


Paid Up


Dear Paid Up,

We understand your rationale, but more and more lawyers are charging for consultations. This is because to have a valuable consultation, a lawyer’s office generally needs to get basic information, look up your case if it is already pending, review the information, and in some cases, some minor research may even be done prior to the consultation.  Ultimately, you are paying for the lawyer’s time. It is not akin to when you bring your car to a body shop and they can easily see a dent and know how to fix it immediately. Many legal matters are complex and if you want your matter handled appropriately, you should want to work with someone who will give it the time and attention it (and you!) deserve.

There is a reason that the saying “you get what you pay for” exists.  While we can’t speak for other firms, our office procedure is that when you call Wolf & Shore Law Group as a potential client, a client intake specialist will ask you basic questions about your matter and conduct your initial intake. The intake is free. Then, if you decide to move forward with a consultation, you will pay the consult fee, get scheduled for a date and time certain and then the information will be passed onto one of our attorneys. That attorney will be able to review the information in advance and then be knowledgeable about your case prior to the consultation. This way, the consult itself is productive and we are able to inform the potential client and provide as much guidance as possible. It is our hope that at the conclusion of the consultation, you are more comfortable and understand the legal process better.

Based on our experience, this makes the experience much more worthwhile for our clients, and, it allows us to give you a fair quote for your retainer. We structure all of our matters on a refundable retainer. This way, the client pays for the exact amount of work done and we only get paid for the exact amount of work done.  With over 22 years of combined experience, Attorneys Kristen Wolf & Shari-Lynn Cuomo Shore can help you choose which case options are the best fit for you and your family.  Call us today, and let us make your matter easier, not harder. Ever argue with a woman? Let Wolf & Shore Law Group go to work for you. Call us at 203.745.3151 or email us at

Very Truly Yours,

Wolf & Shore Law Group

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