I am part of a minority of Cleveland attorneys who do not charge a consultation fee for the initial bankruptcy appointment. That is about to change, at least if you want a Saturday morning appointment.
Many people now view time and personal commitment differently. Until recently, when a person made a commitment they kept it. I could rely on the fact that when you made an appointment you would be there. On a Saturday morning I have 3 available appointment slots. These are the times that fill up fast.
Ever notice how many calls you get from your doctor confirming you will keep your appointment? This is because people routinely no longer keep their scheduled appointments. If you do not keep your appointment they change your insurance for the no show. Didn’t know that, did you?
It’s a bit different with lawyers. An unkept appointment is time lost that can’t be recovered. After 30 minutes it is clear that you are simply not running late. By then I can’t start another project because another person is scheduled in a short time.
On weekends it is worse. I will often have a potential client confirm they will be there on time. I’m there, they aren’t. If I call to see if they are on the way, they either refuse to answer, or if they do, they get angry I called.
I work many hours each day. My time off is dear to me. Many lawyers refuse to work weekends. They are trying to achieve life work balance. I’m willing to be available Saturday morning for people who need me. I’m not willing to be there for people who have no regard for the value of my time and leave me sitting.
The only way to control this is to require payment of an advance, non-refundable payment of $150 to schedule a Saturday appointment. You are buying a block of my time. How you use it, or don’t use it is up to you. Payment is required at the time the appointment is made by debit or credit card. It bothers me to do this. It bothers me more when to have my limited weekend time wasted by people who don’t care.
I want to make the bankruptcy experience as easy as possible for you. If you don’t like this, the answer is easy. Schedule your appointment for a time during office hours Monday through Friday.