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Why Choose YSM for Your Legal Needs?

At Young, Schuster & Maslowski, LLP we believe in the power of careful listening and creating the deepest level of trust with our clients.  As a result, we hold ourselves to the highest standards of confidentiality, discretion, and professional conduct in the Fox Valley, and have built our reputation by constantly exercising the highest level of professional trust and discretion. Our law firm understands you have a choice when selecting an attorney and we want to create an atmosphere that works right for you.  Our dedication to technology is what we believe sets us apart from our competition.


How Do I Prepare for My First Meeting with a YSM Attorney?

Preparing ahead of time for your initial meeting with your attorney is extremely important as it allows the attorney to quickly understand the situation and provide you with straight-forward candid legal advice. Prior to meeting with the attorney, you are strongly encouraged to start making a packet of all important materials and documents you have so you can clearly show them to the attorney at the first meeting so the attorney can clearly understand the situation.  It often helps if you can put any documents and notes regarding the dispute in some type of topic or helpful sequential order – for instance, grouping correspondence or documents in order of topic or sequential by date – and also bring in a written summary of facts regarding the situation so the attorney can jump right in and give advice to you on the matter.  A written summary with key facts and the name of any witnesses, etc. is always extremely helpful, especially when they involve dates and times of meetings and the major occurrence that may make a difference regarding the case. This will often result in large cost savings to you rather than the attorney having to go through and review each and every document with you, and quiet often ends with better results for you if the attorney is easily able to understand the full situation, creating a win-win for all parties on all ends.  Also feel free to ask us anytime on how you can save on expenses in your case, as often times there are things you can do to save on some of the processing costs that otherwise would be incurred as an expense from the law firm.


Does Your Law Firm Offer Any Free Initial Consultations?

As a matter of policy, we do not offer free consultations because we believe such arrangements can severely hurt the attorney-client relationship by not allowing us to actually assist you and offer real legal advice at the first meeting. Many attorneys offer free consultations as a way to attract new clients into their office but will offer you little to no practical guidance at your first visit, and other attorneys may have you just meet with a paralegal to fill out some forms, which is occurring at a time when you may really be needing or seeking actual legal advice regarding your legal matter or case.  At Young, Schuster & Maslowski, LLP we believe that all clients should get full and utmost attention from their attorney and receive actual legal advice from the very first time you meet.


What Will I Be Charged, How Will I Be Billed, and Does YSM Charge an Advanced Fee or Retainer for its Services?

Based on the relative complexity and nature of your matter, you may be billed each month for the time your attorney has spent on the matter (time spent x hourly rate), or in the alternative, you may be quoted a flat rate fee for the work associated with your matter.  All terms of representation will be put down in writing up front to be signed by you in the form of a written engagement letter that you will have an opportunity to review and sign prior to the commencement of your matter.  For certain matters, Young, Schuster & Maslowski, LLP may request an upfront payment, advanced fee, or retainer prior the attorney commencing any services against which all charges and fees for the work will be applied as the matter advances.


Do You Offer Contingent Fee Arrangements?

As a general policy, Young, Schuster & Maslowski, LLP does not offer a contingency fee or success fee unless a case is of a certain kind and nature.  We want our attorneys to be compensated for the work they perform and usually this ends in a distinct benefit to the client. Often times contingency fee arrangements can result in the attorney requiring one-third of all winnings to off-set the amount of risk in taking your case. We believe you should get top notch service and legal advice on how to protect your rights, from the very start.


If I Win My Lawsuit, Does the Other Side Have to Pay My Attorney Fees? 

The answer to this question is generally no, as the default rule in the State of Wisconsin is that each side must pay their own attorney fees unless (1) a specific statute states that attorney fees are recoverable by a prevailing party, or (2) you had specifically entered into a signed agreement or contract that provided that attorney fees must be paid as a part of any judgment.  In most cases, each side must pay their own attorney fees, and the costs and benefits of going forward with a case are always gone over with you as a client so you can make an enforced legal and business decision in trying to assess on whether to move forward with your case.