Q: What is an initial consultation?

A: An initial consultation is the meeting between a lawyer and an individual. The parties discuss the individual’s legal issue and how the case might progress. Information shared between the lawyer and the individual is confidential, even if the individual decides not to hire the lawyer. Our firm offers a confidential initial consultation. 

Q: How do I schedule an appointment or an initial consultation?

A: Please contact our office by telephone at (573) 796-2093 or by email at to set up a convenient time for you to come in and talk to an attorney.

Q: What if I cannot make an appointment during business hours?

A: We understand that matters like work and child care might make it difficult for you to meet with us during normal business hours, so we offer appointment times after hours and even on weekends. 

Q: What is an “hourly rate?”

A: The hourly rate, or billable hour, is one method of determining one’s legal fees. The fee is calculated by multiplying the attorney’s hourly rate by the number of hours worked. The hourly rate does not include additional fees like court filing fees, administrative costs, or deposition and expert witness fees. We bill to the tenth (1/10) hour. 

Q: What is a “flat fee?”

A: A flat fee is an agreed-upon rate for legal services. A flat fee gives the client a sense of predictability in terms of the cost of legal services, and it helps them choose whether to go to trial based on what is right, not what is more expensive. The flat fee covers all legal services listed in the fee agreement, but usually does not include services such as depositions and expert witness fees. The flat fee is calculated on a case-by-case basis based on the complexity of the case, the estimated time involved, and the likelihood of trial. 

Q: Do you offer flat fees or hourly rates?

A: We will discuss the different fee structures with our clients in an effort to determine which fee structure is best for the particular client. 

Q: Do you offer any pro bono services?

A: No. Other organizations in the Mid-Missouri area also offer free legal services to those who cannot afford it. They are:

Mid-Missouri Legal Services :
(573) 442-0016
(800) 568-4931

Missouri Public Defender :
Moniteau, Cole, Miller – (573) 526-3266
Morgan – (417) 532-6886
Cooper – (660) 530-5550

Q: Where can I learn about traffic tickets and points on my license?

A: Dept. of Revenue Tickets and Points 

Q: Where can I learn about the requirements for getting my driver’s license reinstated?

A: Dept. of Revenue Reinstatement Requirements 

Q: Where is the courthouse located?

A:   Moniteau – 200 East Main Street, California, MO  65018
Cole – 301 East High Street, Jefferson City, MO  65101
Cooper – 200 Main Street, Booneville, MO  65233
Morgan – 200 East Newton Street, Versailles, MO  65084
Miller – 2001 Highway 52, Tuscumbia, MO  65082
Pettis - 415 South Ohio Street, Sedalia, MO 65301

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