Questions New Clients Ask

Does Purnell, McKennett & Menke charge a fee for a new client consultation?

Purnell, McKennett & Menke, like many Virginia law firms, receives hundreds of inquiries every year from individuals and businesses who want to speak with an attorney. Many of the people who contact us are surprised to learn that we do charge an initial consultation fee.  Perhaps this surprise is the product of many law firms who advertise a “free” consultation.

So why does Purnell, McKennett & Menke, charge a consultation fee?

The first reason is that you will actually meet with an attorney during your initial visit; not an assistant or paralegal.  You will be able to explain your situation to an experienced attorney and receive an honest evaluation of your claims and defenses.  Because we give this time and attention to each appointment, it does take the attorney away from working on existing cases. It is not an exaggeration to say that if we did not charge for consultations, our attorneys could spend several hours a week meeting with prospective clients, and have very little time to serve the needs of existing clients.  Obviously, that’s a business model that will not work.

But what if I just have one quick question?

While it may be true on some rare occasions that an inquiry can be handled with a quick question and answer, we find that to be an unlikely scenario. Unfortunately, there’s no way we can make that determination until committing to speak with you.  In order for us to adequately evaluate and discuss your unique situation we’ve got to take the time required to hear the pertinent facts and ask the relevant questions.  Only then can we provide a frank and honest opinion based on the law and our years of experience.  In almost every situation, this will take at least 45-55 minutes.

For these reasons and more, Purnell, McKennett & Menke, does charge a $100 consultation fee for a 1st time appointment with one of our attorneys. We do make every effort to keep this fee as affordable as possible, and we’ve been told by many of our satisfied clients that the expense was well worth it.  Please give our office a call at 703-368-9196 to schedule your appointment. We look forward to meeting with you.