If you are interested in scheduling an in-person consultation with one of the attorneys, please fill in the “contact me” box on this page. Please read the disclaimer located on the Contact Us page before you do so.
If you are unable to meet personally with one of the attorneys because of distance issues, a phone consultation is available; however, telephone consultations must be scheduled in advance through a staff member, and they must be prepaid. We do accept MasterCard, Visa, and Discover credit cards.
Shah Law group does not offer free consultations in any matter except the preparation of wills and small estate planning for individuals. However, in all other matters in which we offer representation, we do offer initial consultations for $150.
A person coming to Shah Law Group for a consultation appointment should bring with them all documents that may relate in any way to their case, and in particular any legal documents they have. In cases having to do with support, divorce, or property division, paystubs and recent tax returns can be helpful to the lawyers in analyzing the case and determining how Pennsylvania law applies to them.
Often we are asked if the person coming in for the consultation can bring a friend or relative with them. The answer is that, although we will allow them to bring anyone they wish with them (except for the person on the other side of the legal dispute), having someone sit in with them during the consultation appointment does affect their right to total lawyer-client confidentiality.
We do expect those coming to see us to tell the lawyer during the consultation with complete honesty all necessary details, even sordid or embarrassing details, which have led up to the situations in which they find themselves. Neither the lawyers nor other staff members of Shah Law Group are judgmental; we respect clients’ privacy and observe complete attorney-client confidentiality to those outside of our firm. We are all human beings, and we all have made decisions or taken actions of which we are not entirely proud. In order to help our clients get through the legal process, we must be fully informed. The client who is dishonest to his or her lawyer is setting himself or herself up for a negative result.
Our expertise gives us the ability to discuss in detail how the law of Pennsylvania may apply to your case. A consultation with our firm is truly an educational experience. There is no obligation to retain our firm after the consultation, but the fee paid for that consultation is well worth it, in terms of information and guidance we are able to offer. However, during the consultation, we also give information on our hourly rates and amount of retainer (advance deposit) needed for further representation of that client, if that is what they decide to do. For those who are already represented by other lawyers who decide they want us to represent them, we give information during the consultation on how to change lawyers during pending legal proceedings.
All consultation appointments must be arranged in advance through our office. Although we normally prefer to make these appointments during our regular office hours, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. M-F, in special cases exceptions may be made.