Kalouris Law Firm LLC
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q. DO I NEED LEGAL REPRESENTATION FOR MY MATTER?
A. Technically, you can represent yourself. In recent years the number of individuals choosing to self-represent (pro-se) has dramatically increased. I think the more appropriate question is, should you? The long-term disadvantages far outweigh any immediate benefit.
Most people represent themselves because they feel they cannot afford an Attorney. While it is a reality that not everyone can afford one, it is important to meet with an attorney to determine your options.
Here at Kalouris Law Firm we strive to offer everyone a legal option that works for them.
We have had many clients who come to us to late and the damage of their self-representation is already done. It takes a long time to repair and make changes… which costs money. The only thing you can gain from meeting with an attorney is knowledge and in the legal arena knowledge is power.
BEWARE: If you represent yourself the Judge will not allow you to come back and use the lack of attorney representation as a reason to modify a Judgment that is not in your favor. You will be held to the same standards as any attorney.
Q. IS KALOURIS LAW FIRM THE RIGHT LAW FIRM FOR ME?
A. Choosing a firm/attorney is the one of the most important decisions you will make. Choosing the right attorney to represent you will make all the difference in your case. Kalouris Law Firm, is a boutique law firm with over fifteen years of combined legal experience. We offer a range of options, services and resources so that we can help as many people as possible.
As a boutique firm we offer a personal touch that other firms do not. We focus on keeping you informed on your matter from start to finish, while no law firm can guarantee you a result, we work with you to make sure you truly understand what is happening and the results that may occur based on different strategies.
You are in control.
We do not charge for client communication as it is important to us that we are available to you when you have questions or concerns. We offer a no-nonsense legal opinion and will tell you how it is, working together to create a strategy and to get to your result.
Q. WHAT TYPES OF CASES DOES KALOURIS LAW FIRM HANDLE?
A. At Kalouris Law Firm we handle a wide variety of cases. Please see PRICING & PRACTICE AREAS for more information. Please note if you do not see your issue in our practice areas give us a call and we will discuss if we can help or we will direct you to someone who can!
Q. DO I NEED TO COME INTO YOUR OFFICE AND MEET YOU IN PERSON?
A. While we prefer to meet clients in our office, we represent clients all over Chicagoland and we understand it is sometimes hard to make it to our office. Therefore, we work with you to either meet electronically (Skype or Telephone) or we come to your area and meet you.
Q. HOW LONG WILL MY CASE TAKE TO FINISH?
A. Every person's matter is different and sometimes it is hard to control the pace of the courts. However, we are committed to working efficiently to complete your matter and do so in the following ways:
We dont let the opposing side bully us into spending more time and money than is necessary;
We use the law to our advantage to expedite the process; and
We set realistic expectations and communicate with our clients to ensure that they know each step of the process.
Please see PRICING & PRACTICE AREAS for specific information or contact us to discuss timeline of your case.
Q. WHAT COUNTIES DOES KALOURIS LAW FIRM'S SERVE?
A. We are Illinois licensed attorneys and will serve all of Illinois. However our practice is focused and located in Chicagoland, including the following Counties: Cook, Kane, DuPage, Lake, Will, DeKalb, Boone, Kendall, LaSalle and Grundy.
*If your County is not on the list please call us and we can discuss assisting you as we work remotely and are easily able to assist in the more remote counties.
Dont let your location keep you from finding representation that you can be confident in.
Q. WILL I HAVE TO GO TO COURT?
A. Not necessarily. One of the main reasons to hire an attorney is so that they may appear on your behalf and represent your interests throughout the process. While the majority of cases settle before going to trial, there are certain situations such as hearings where you would be required to appear. In the instance where we do go to trial we have extensive trial experience and will prepare you, so that you may appear with confidence.
Q. WHAT WILL MY LEGAL MATTER COST?
A. Every person's matter is different, we are committed to providing cost-effective representation and customize your payment agreement to your matter. Please see PRICING & PRACTICE AREAS for specific information or contact us to discuss pricing.
Q. WHO WILL MAKE THE DECISION ABOUT ACCEPTING A SETTLEMENT OR MOVING FORWARD TO TRIAL?
A. While we are here to offer legal advice and counsel we strongly believe that the client should be fully informed and in control their matter.Thus, the decision on when to settle or not is the clients.
That does not mean that we do not give our clients the benefit of our advice. Keeping the client informed is our top priority so that they make the best possible decision for themselves, their business, and/or their family.
Q. WHAT IF I AM NOT HAPPY WITH MY CURRENT REPRESENTATION?
A. As a client you always have the right to switch attorneys and choose who represents you. Read over your contract to see if there are specific instructions on how to end your attorney-client relationship with current attorney. If you are in the middle of the case, the Judge will need to give your current attorney permission withdraw. Please note that If you are to close to trial or in other specific circumstances the court may not allow the withdrawal.
Q. WHAT ARE KALOURIS LAW FIRM'S HOURS?
A. We are open Monday-Friday 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. However, we strive to return clients' and potential client's calls and emails within 24 hours.
Q. DOES KALOURIS LAW FIRM'S CHARGE FOR CONSULTATIONS?
A. No. We want to ensure that all clients and potential clients are informed of their legal rights and therefore we offer a FREE 30-minute consultation.