DennisBeaverAttorney Dennis Beaver has practiced law for many years in Bakersfield, California. Read more about Dennis and his background here. Dennis is a syndicated newspaper columnist and writes a weekly column entitled “You and the Law”. There have been numerous requests over the years to make these articles available and we are happy to offer them here. They are also indexed for your convenience.

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Not all attorney consultations are free

April 18, 2015 • By Dennis Beaver

“I was unfairly fired from my job and had an initial consultation scheduled with an attorney to explore a wrongful termination lawsuit. Maggie, the secretary, took down all my personal information and said they do not provide free consultations, require a cash payment of $250, and will charge if I am a no-show without re-scheduling or canceling in advance.

“Well, I didn’t really want to give them cash, so upon arriving, offered a check but Maggie said that I should go to a bank, obtain the money and return. As we live in rural Fresno County, I did not have the time, and never went back.

“I just got their bill for $250! Can lawyers really charge for missing an appointment? Isn’t that like a job interview, to see if you can get along?…click here to read more