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What Can I Expect From The Law Offices of John F. Lyndon?
- Sound, objective counsel. You can be confident that the advice you receive from John Lyndon will be based on years of experience and study of the law, as well as familiarity with our legal community and the judicial system.
- Creative legal strategy. Each family law case is unique. John Lyndon will explain your legal options and together you will choose a plan designed to meet your particular needs and personal situation. Our goal will always be the achievement of a negotiated settlement (the best result) through a reasonable and flexible approach, but aggressive advocacy can play an important part in attaining that goal.
- Confidentiality. You are entitled under the law to expect that any information concerning you and your legal matters will be held in the strictest confidence by all staff members. Our clients' trust is of the utmost importance to us and we will protect your privacy in every respect.
- Not just a lawyer, but a team. One or both of the paralegals on our staff will be assigned to work with you and will be informed about and involved with every aspect of your case. They will convey information to John Lyndon when he is unable to talk with you personally, and will be able to respond to many of your needs quickly and in a cost-effective way. Also, our legal services coordinator will be knowledgeable about your case and will be readily available to address any problems you may have, either about your case itself or our billing system.
- Access to other resources. If your case requires the services of a private investigator, an appraiser, an accountant, or someone with specialized knowledge in other areas, you will have available to you a network of professionals who have a proven track record of excellence in their association with us. CPAs, actuaries, appraisers of real estate, personal property and business interests, psychologists, and child custody experts will be available when you and John Lyndon decide that you have need for their services.
- Responsiveness. Open communication between you and our office is the basis for a successful attorney-client partnership. We welcome your telephone calls, your questions, and your concerns, and we will respond as quickly as possible. And, in an emergency, your needs will become our highest priority.
How Much Will It Cost To Retain John Lyndon?
Our services are generally paid for on an hourly basis. You will be charged a retainer, the amount of which will depend upon the nature and complexity of your legal matter, and which will prepay for a certain number of hours of legal services. We will bill you on a monthly basis, and if and when the retainer has been expended, any balance due will be payable upon your receipt of the statement. Our billable services include telephone calls, conferences, drafting of pleadings and correspondence, attendance at depositions, mediation and any court proceedings should that be necessary, and any other time that the attorney or paralegals may spend on your behalf. There also may be certain costs which will be advanced on your behalf, such as filing fees, court reporter bills, appraisal fees, witness fees, mediator fees, and other expenses. These will not be incurred without discussion with you, and will be included in your monthly statement. You will be provided with a written explanation of our billing policy when you retain us, and any questions you have can be addressed at that time.
Will I Have To Go To Court?
A mediated or negotiated settlement is always the preferred resolution of litigation, especially in a divorce or custody dispute, where a hearing or trial sometimes serves only to deepen the anger and bitterness already existing between the parties. Our objective therefore is to achieve the desired legal result without resorting to an adversarial court proceeding. However, the litigation process also provides the necessary structure within which to work towards resolution. For example, when the divorce complaint is filed, a hearing is usually scheduled for the purpose of determining certain issues on a temporary basis, until those issues can be resolved permanently. As the hearing approaches, the parties begin negotiating the terms of a temporary settlement. Only in cases where it is clear that there can be no reasonable compromise does a hearing actually become necessary. The scheduling of the trial also generally leads to serious negotiation. And finally, most courts in the Northeast Georgia area require that domestic cases be submitted to a private or court-appointed mediator before proceeding to trial, thereby presenting another opportunity for settlement. We have found the process of mediation to be an efficient and effective settlement tool, and we have access to the most skilled and experienced private mediators in the area. The result is that the vast majority of domestic cases are settled before trial. If, however, your case is not settled through negotiation or mediation, you can be secure in the knowledge that you will have a skilled, experienced advocate by your side when your case is called.
Can This Firm Handle A Case Involving Significant Assets And Complex Financial Issues?
If significant income, property, retirement, or business interests are at stake in your divorce, you need an attorney who has handled many matters similar to yours, not one who will use your case as a learning tool. John Lyndon's experience and his working association with highly qualified experts will help insure that your interests are protected.
What Can I Do As A Client To Achieve A Good Result And Also Save Money In Legal Fees?
Your relationship with our office is a partnership. We are committed to providing you the best legal services possible. Here are some guidelines to help us meet your goals and keep your legal fees down.
- Bring with you to our office any court documents, financial records, notes, diaries, or other written information you think may be important to your case.
- Be as brief as you can in conferences and telephone calls. Prepare a list of your questions so you won't forget to discuss something important.
- Arrange for childcare before you come to our office. We do not have facilities to properly watch your children and your conferences with us will be more productive if you are not distracted.
- Maintain a file with all correspondence, court pleadings, and mailings from our office.
- Always feel free to raise any questions you may have about our services or fees. The sooner problems are addressed, the quicker they can be resolved.
- Sadness, anxiety, frustration, depression and anger are all common emotions experienced by our clients at one time or another, and we understand that divorce and custody disputes can be stressful and emotionally challenging. Expressing these feelings can be helpful to you and to us as we prepare your case and work towards achieving the legal results you want. However, we are not trained psychologists and we urge you to seek psychological or pastoral counseling if you are experiencing serious emotional distress. We will then be able to focus our efforts on your legal needs and your ability to make sound decisions will be enhanced.