Legal Consultations in the Age of Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Traditionally, the way a new client and I would start to work with each other is that we would meet in my office for a consultation. Prior to the consultation, I would email the new client with a list of records to bring in for the meeting. During the consultation, we would discuss the case, and I would start to review the records to see if a further review and legal assistance made sense.
Last fall, I expanded the options for consultations to include phone consultations. Additionally, I placed my schedule online, so potential clients could see when I am available, and conveniently reserve a consultation time through my web site (https://www.lawbaron.com). There are two scheduling options available: a 30-minute or a 60-minute consultation. The 30-minute consultation can only be used once, but is a good chance for you to ask me some basic questions (either general or specific to your case), and for me to learn more about your case. The 60-minute consultation allows us to dig deeper into the facts of your case and start to review records. The 60-minute phone consultation can be booked as often as needed. You can conduct either type of consultation from the comfort of your home or office, and in fact we sometimes set up a 3-way phone call when parents are in different locations.
Over the years, I have found that many people do not necessarily need, or want, to formally hire a lawyer and establish an attorney-client relationship. Instead, people sometimes call my office looking to get basic questions answered, or to run a scenario by a lawyer and get some initial feedback or guidance.
With the unprecedented situation brought on by the coronavirus (COVID-19), the phone consultations are an excellent, convenient and safe way for us to speak with each other about your case, without having to meet in person. This phone consultation can lead to either a formal attorney-client relationship with legal advocacy, or simply to additional phone consultations as you need them.
I look forward to speaking with you and helping in any way I can.
The Law Office of James M. Baron represents students and parents in special education and other school-related legal matters throughout Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Please visit https://www.lawbaron.com, or call 781-209-1166 for more information.