People will generally only go see an attorney when they have encountered some problem. It’s usually after the fact and on a reactive basis.
There are several reasons why clients will avoid going to an attorney until they absolutely have no choice:
A. Costs of counsel – The cost of retaining an attorney seems out of reach for many individuals. Attorneys will oftentimes charge several hundreds or thousands of dollars at the onset to engage their services. Thereafter, they charge you for every minute of every phone call or letter they do for you.
B. Finding a good lawyer – Although there are no shortages of attorneys, finding a good and reasonable one can be a daunting task. Doing an online search will yield numerous results, but sorting the good from the average ones may be nearly impossible. Having a friend or a family member who’s an attorney might be a good start, but they often times don’t specialize in the area of practice that you need help with.
C. Doing it themselves – Many believe they can handle things on their own. The internet today provides a library of information that’s accessible to anyone. Situations come about that may be handled by an individual without the need of an attorney. However, the common mistakes that individuals make are 1) not using the proper forms in accordance with local court rules and 2) failing to quickly recognize when things have become complicated that the need for an attorney is necessary. This can sometimes create additional legal expenses to get things back on track.
Our membership program is designed to be proactive and preventative. We are here to help you take precautions to avoid mistakes that could result in costly legal fees. This program allows individuals to utilize legal services without the hassles of receiving consistent monthly bills. You get to avoid those unnecessary worries for how much work is being done on your case because of fears of how much the bill will be. Take control and avoid the feeling that you’re being “nickel and dimed” by other attorneys.
Best of all, you know exactly who you’re working with. You have a reputable attorney and support staff at the Law Offices of Marc J. Schwartz that’s by your side all the time.
What are the benefits?
It’s no secret that attorneys can be expensive. Hourly rates can vary between $300 to $1,000 an hour depending on their field of practice and experience. The simplest of tasks can run you hundreds of dollars in legal fees. Take, for example, that you hired an attorney to draft a letter for you. The attorney will undoubtedly charge you for at least an hour of their time not to mention the separate charge for a consultation fee. By being a member, it’s included as a part of our service.
Membership allows you to put an attorney on speed dial. Before you sign your next contract, tell them that you’re “going to have your attorney review it first.” This will likely make you seem more important and may help you be taken more seriously.
We want to be your “go to” law firm for all of your legal concerns. Even if it’s not a field of practice that we generally handle, we can refer you to one of network of attorneys that we personally know who are very knowledgeable and experienced. Referrals in any business is the best way to go because it allows you to know what you’re getting.
We have four tiers of membership from BRONZE to PLATINUM where each progressive level includes everything in the prior level and includes many more benefits.
BRONZE membership was designed for the individual that has minimal assets and prefers to do things themselves. You’ll have access to forms and informational videos that can serve as a guide to help you accomplish many tasks on your own and save you money in the process.
SILVER membership will grant you access to all support products and services offered within Bronze level including access to our library of webinars, but it offers an increased number of documents that we will review for you and provides more opportunities for us to act on your behalf through calls or letters to other parties. In addition, we provide you with representation should someone file a lawsuit against you.
GOLD membership usually appeals to those who may have more assets. They are very busy individuals that utilize others to handle certain tasks and trust that things will be properly handled. This level allows you to worry less about how much it’s going to cost you for an attorney to make a phone call and focus more on getting a problem resolved.
PLATINUM membership gives our client the greatest peace of mind that their legal questions and concerns will be taken care of. This option includes everything offered within all other levels, but to a greater degree. Avoid the hassles of getting bills for each and every call, letter, or document review that gets done. Maximize the amount of protection you’ll get if you were ever sued. Attend our live seminars free of charge and get priority reservations.
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Why should I join?
A lawyer always wants to make sure they get paid. When you hire an attorney you will be required to pay an initial retainer fee that acts as a deposit before the attorney does anything for you. As the case progresses, the attorney will bill against the retainer. This initial retainer fee will vary on the type of case and the work that is expected to be performed, but will typically require an initial payment of several thousand dollars.
Membership alleviates the burden of having to come up with a lump sum payment for services that are covered under this program. Keep your money in your pocket instead of the attorney’s!
In addition to all the great benefits already mentioned, you can also find answers to common questions that concern clients on different ends of the spectrum. Here’s a sample list:
1. If my tenant does not allow me access to the property, can I just still enter since I have the keys?
2. How long does it take to evict a tenant?
3. What are some of ways that a tenant can delay our lawsuit? Are there ways to avoid these delays?
4. What happens if the tenant left personal property at the property?
5. What sort of repairs can I use the security deposit for?
6. What is rent control, and when does it apply?
7. Can I evict a tenant for not paying late charges?
1. Should I create an LLC for my rental property?
2. How do I create an LLC? Do I need an attorney?
3. Should I have my Purchase/Sale Agreement reviewed by an attorney?
4. Should I hire a property manager?
5. I just bought a property at a foreclosure sale that’s in a rent control area. Do I have to pay relocation fees?
6. I have a tenant that’s been living in my converted garage for four years and is now claiming I have to pay him back everything he paid me in rent because the garage was not properly permitted. Is this true?
7. Is there a way to avoid paying rent control relocation fees?
1. What is the difference between an LLC and a Corporation?
2. What should I be concerned with in Purchase/Sale Agreements?
3. Is it possible to negotiate CAMS?
4. Are there things I can do to limit my tax exposure/liability?
5. What is a Third Party Beneficiary?
6. What is a Land Trust and is it beneficial?
What happens when I sign up?
As soon as you join you will receive a confirmation email with your membership number. Your membership number is used to identify you whenever you call or email our office. This welcome email will immediately allow you to gain full access to our MEMBERS ONLY area where you can view and download form templates for your immediate use. You will also be able to view current and past webinars that provide a wealth of information on different topics and subject matters.