Family Law / Divorce
Wills / Estate Planning
Dedicated to preventative legal advice and assisting clients in personal and profesional success. still believing in the practice of law and not the business of law, this firm provides budget based legal advice. mindful of budgetary limits, we provide priority based advice to achieve your goals.
"To help another is to help yourself". The goal of assistance should drive every attorney's career, unfortunately it has become a business. Your attorney's advice should be based on your objectives and needs, not the needs of their
business. With this in mind, an attorney is not necessarily needed in every situation, but where one is needed, you should have confidence in their loyalty to your best intrests. This firm's foremost obligation to each perspective client is to provide them with the information that they need to make informed decisions in dealing with their legal matters.
DECISION TO HIRE AN ATTORNEY:
In hiring an attorney one must be prepared to take the case to trial and understand that they are buying an attorney’s time. By simply dividing your payment to the attorney by the attorney’s hourly rate you can predict how much time the attorney is willing to dedicate to your case. A typical family law or criminal trial takes one full day of court, plus pretrial pleadings and hearings. For an experienced attorney in the field, a full day of trial will require preparation of at least one-half of a day just prior to trial, pretrial motions and discovery should conclude preliminary preparation.The trial alone will take approximately 12 hours. The fees involved at $170/hour will be $2040. In addition to the trial fees, time will be required for appearances, motions and briefing. An appropriate expectation for this work will be $1,500 to $2500. Therefore a minimum expectation representation representation should be $4,000.Although your attorney may not
require payment of the full amount upfront, you should be aware of an estimate of total expense from the beginning.
Questions that should be asked of a perspective attorney before hiring an attorney.
1. How many of this type of cases have you handeled?
2. How many of this type of cases have you tried?
If you are considering an attorney that has not been to trial on this type of case before, your running a significant risk. Many
attorneys will represent you in a type of case without trial experience in that type of case, or even any trial experience at all. Taking a case with a lack of experience in that type of case may compromise your chances of success. This may not always be the case where there is a very simple issue, however most cases will require a clear understanding of the factual processes, the science behind the evidence and the trial procedure. It is similar to hiring a brain surgeon for his first surgery.
If the attorney does take this type of case to trial, theymay not keep track of the number of trials. This is not uncommon. You should know that they have tried such cases in the past though.
Other questions to keep in
1. When is the last time you have tried a case like this?
2. What will it cost to go to trial?
3. When is the last time you have had a case like this dismissed?
4. What is your hourly rate?
5. What is the process of getting to trial?
6. What defenses exist in my case and what strategy is implimented to take advantage of them?
Growing up in rural wisconsin as the son of a truck driver and elementary art teacher, Attorney Paul Polacek began to understand the challenges and choices of the daily list of priorities as his family worked to provide. It was this begining that led him on a series of experiences that led to his choice to dedicate his life helping others.
Prior to, and immediatley following, graduating from Westfield High School in 1985, Attorney Polacek worked on local farms as a herdsman and a field hand. In 1988 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy participating in a group of recruits from Wisconsin bound for service on the USS Wisconsin (BB-64) where he worked as a Boatswain's Mate until the end of his enlistment when he enrolled at UW LaCrosse achieving a Bachlor of Arts degree in Political Science and Economics in 1997. The following semester Paul found himself at Widener University School of Law in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and after three years had earned his Juris Doctor degree. While at law school, Paul was accepted into the National Trail Advocacy Society and participated in student political organizations gaining the position as the schools liason to the American Bar Association. After graduation, Paul worked for an insurance company headquartered in Harrisburg focusing on intellectual property applied to internet and computer technologies. It was not long before he returned home to pass the bar exam in Wisconsin in 2001 begining his private practice with a firm in the centeral western part of the state. Attorney Polacek now practices in his solo practice in Wisconsin Dells.
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