Online Consultations Generally

If you are undecided about which action to take, need to discuss your legal issues and options, or require advice and information before you can proceed, then a paid consultation with our attorney is your best first step. Our online consultation process has proven very popular with clients because it is unrushed and the client has a written email record of the legal advice given.

After our preliminary email response to your inquiry, we offer two paths forward: (1) you may order documents at flat fees if you know exactly what you need; or (2) you may request a consultation to discuss your case (by “case,” we mean your situation or the circumstances of your inquiry). An initial consultation is optional except in cases where the subject matter is complex or requires close examination to determine the appropriate legal action or strategy.

Entity-Structuring and Asset Protection Consultations

An initial consultation is always recommended in entity-structuring and asset protection cases. It is, however, required in all complex cases. Any proposed plan of action must be thoroughly examined and approved by our attorney before we will agree to commence work on it. It is our prerogative to decline to implement asset protection plans designed by others.

Beginning the Consultation

Online consultations begin with an email exchange to gather and discuss basic facts and relevant documents. We’ll need a concise email summary of the case, a list of your questions, and copies of background documents, if any. No appointment is needed to start the process. Cases go into our queue in the order in which payment is made.

A follow-up phone or video call is available as needed. However, our attorney first needs basic facts and background documents so that he can have these in front of him before answering questions on the phone.

We have done over a thousand online consultations and are confident that you will find the process both effective and thorough.

Some inquirers seek a free phone call before committing to a paid consultation. However, such calls inevitably involve attorney time as well as legal advice, so we view them as consultations. We regret that we are unable to offer any free attorney time, whether online, in the office, or by phone.

Types of Consultations and Fees

Select the consultation option that is right for you:

Real Estate Law/General Business Consultation (up to 1 hour): $350, then $350 per hour thereafter. Pertains to routine residential and commercial real estate law as well as investor, trust, and general business matters, but excludes entity-structuring or asset protection advice (see alternatives below). Currently available online only.

Review/Comment on Residential Real Estate Contracts (up to 1 hour): $350 flat fee for a sales price of up to $499,999; $450 for a sales price of $500,000 to $999,999; $650 for a sales price of $1M to $1.499M; $750 for a sales price of $1.5M up to $1.99M; for a sales price over $2M, fees are $950 and up – inquire. This paragraph-by-paragraph review/comment is available online for unsigned TREC and TAR contracts only. Trust transactions or other complex transactions may incur additional fees for review/comment. Extended services in this area past the review/comment are $350 per hour, although representation in the entire transaction (strongly recommended) may be offered at a flat fee. Partial representation such as this is accepted at our discretion. We may choose to decline partial representation and offer full representation in the entire transaction only. Review our options for advice and representation in residential transactions.

Entity-Structuring Consultation: (up to 2 hours): $550, then $550 per hour thereafter, although most subsequent options (e.g., LLC formation) are at posted flat fees. This category pertains to clients who want an in-depth exploration of different options for developing or improving an asset protection structure. Not available to those with judgments or pending or threatened litigation – see asset protection review below. Currently available online only.

Asset Protection Review or APR (up to 2 hours): $1,500 for issues up to $1.5M; $1.5M to $2.5M – $1,950; $2.5M and up – $2,500. If seeking guidance to protect assets when a judgment or litigation (pending or threatened) is involved, this is the appropriate consultation option. Asset protection advice is $750 per hour thereafter. However, clients needing extended guidance beyond the APR should consider a flat-fee asset protection retainer for 30 days ($2,500), 60 days ($3,500), or 90 days ($5,000). The APR is currently offered online only with phone and video conferencing available after the initial email exchange.

Litigation Review (up to 2 hours): $750. Includes a review of the status of a pending court case related to real estate law. This is a review, comment, and suggestion process that discusses the substantive and procedural issues raised by the lawsuit. It is not an asset protection review (see above) and does not address asset protection issues. It is not a retainer or agreement to act as attorney of record in the pending case. Available online only.

All consultations are offered with the understanding that our firm is not obligated to accept or handle the case going forward. Initial consultations of all types automatically end upon expiration of the specified time but may, by agreement, be continued at the applicable hourly rate.

Prompt Response

We are usually available to begin promptly after receiving a summary of basic facts, copies of supporting documents, and payment from the client. Most consultations begin and conclude within a couple of business days. This may vary somewhat with the complexity of the case and our pending backlog. We try to be flexible.

Attorney Time

Our goal is to thoroughly discuss your legal issues. However, all law firms impose time limits on consultations. The maximum available attorney time for a consultation may be spread over up to three consecutive business days, after which the consultation automatically concludes.

By way of clarification, this is not a three-day consultation. Our policy permits a consultation to be spread over that period up to the maximum allowable or specified attorney time. This is an accommodation to the client in order to facilitate thorough Q&A.

Limitations

We do not offer group consults with multiple persons at different email addresses. While group legal discussions are fine in an office conference room, they quickly become chaotic by email. Our policy is to work with one client at one email address.

We do not offer consultations or any other legal services by text. While texting may be suitable for quick personal communications, the texting of sentence fragments and one-liners is not a professional way to discuss a nuanced legal case. Please use a keyboard device and take your time.

Because of the nature of our online consultation process, clients are required to have full online capability for emailing from a keyboard device and transmitting documents electronically.

We do not work with DIYers. If you are doing some or most of your own legal work, ours is not the law office for you.

We do not offer tax, accounting, or bookkeeping advice. Always consult a qualified CPA in conjunction with seeking legal advice on business and real estate matters.

Transmission of Your Supporting Documentation

We will need to see your background documents in order to thoroughly advise you, so after retaining us (not before please, since we will not yet have set up your file), you should electronically transmit copies of supporting documents by email or by fax to (832) 201-5327 Please do not send documents in the physical mail. Emailed documents should be sent as standard attachments in pdf, Word, or WordPerfect. Use our general office email address, LoneStarLandLaw@aol.com.

Please provide only documents that are directly relevant to your case. Sending us a hundred-page title company file when we’ve requested only a three-page warranty deed would be an example to avoid. This adds to download and handling time and could increase your fees. Also, for reasons of legibility and clarity, please avoid jpeg or i-phone photos of documents.

Your background documents should be accompanied by a concise summary of your case plus a list of your specific questions.

We need immediate and easy access to these documents to do our job. Please avoid barriers such as passwords or encryption; read-only attachments that cannot be downloaded or printed; or requiring that we first go to a third-party document site, obtain a password or register in order to enter; etc. If you are not comfortable with the security of our process, then you may wish to consider consulting another law firm, at their offices, where you can present your documents in person.

Payment Policies

Advance payment is required. We offer a variety of payment options on the website including credit/debit and Paypal as well as wire transfer and direct deposit to our operating account at Wells Fargo. Files go into our queue in the order in which payment is made.

Initial consultation fees are non-refundable flat fees that are not subject to hourly accounting. There is no refund of any part of an initial consultation fee once the attorney expends time and effort advising a client or working on a file. This applies even if the legal advice is unfavorable to the client or our firm declines to handle the case further.

Ninety percent of the items on our fee schedule are flat fees per item. When hourly billing applies, attorney time is accounted for in quarter-hour increments after the initial consultation minimum flat fee.

Note please that a consultation does not include free document preparation, nor does a document request include a free consultation. These are separate items in a flat-fee system.

Consultations are stand-alone value-added legal services and are not credited toward future fees.

Itemized Statement

If you would like to have a no-obligation itemized statement prior to making payment, we will gladly provide one. We will need the name and mailing address of the person or company to be billed, as well as the type of document(s) or consultation you are requesting, the address of the property that is the subject of your inquiry, and other basic details in order to generate a proper invoice.

Terms of Service

The Fees & Policies page of the website includes non-negotiable terms of service that apply to all clients in place of individual fee agreements or engagement letters. Please read these before engaging us. By proceeding with a consultation you accept our terms of service.

Business Hours

Online consultations do not require a fixed appointment time, although phone or video calls do require an appointment on a business day during business hours. Subject to prior commitments, we are generally available on business days during normal office hours (Monday through Friday, 8-5 CST). On any given day, there may be cases in front of you and response time may vary. We are not available evenings, weekends, or holidays. Emails received at these times are considered received on the next business day.

Next Steps – Contact Us

If you have not already done so, please complete the Client Inquiry Form. We will need a concise summary of your situation, including the following: What is your case about, briefly? Who are the parties involved? Where does it occur? In Texas? Which city or county? When does it occur—what is the timeframe/timeline? Why are you seeking legal assistance? A consultation? Document preparation? Note that our initial no-charge response to your inquiry is preliminary and general in nature and not a thorough analysis or formal legal opinion upon which anyone may rely.

If you have already submitted your initial inquiry and would like to proceed with one of the consultations described above, then your next step would be to (1) confirm that we handle your type of case (We will likely have already confirmed this in our response to your initial inquiry); (2) select the appropriate consultation option; and (3) make payment at https://lonestarlandlaw.com/payment. The system will send us both a payment confirmation.

Thank you for your interest in our law firm. We look forward to resolving your legal issues.

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