Our main office is located at 1800 Bering Drive, Ste. 600, Houston, TX in the Galleria area. We also have locations in League City, Sugar Land, San Antonio (business cases only), Corpus Christi, and Austin.
Founded in 1987, our business, health, family, and divorce attorneys leverage more than 130 years of collective experience to guide clients across Texas, and the U.S., through complex legal matters in a range of industries. From complex litigation, business transactions, health care law, and OSHA to a diverse divorce and family law practice, we focus on tailoring our services and strategies to our clients’ unique needs and goals. Whether it be a business or family law matter, we know success is predicated by customized counsel, extensive legal knowledge, and being more prepared than your opponent.
The Texas Board of Legal Specialization (i.e. TBLS) is a subdivision of the State Bar of Texas - the organizing association for all Texas attorneys. The TBLS has recognized special certifications for expertise in certain areas of the law, including Family Law. A "board certified Family Law" attorney means an attorney who has been certified by the TBLS as having a recognizably high degree of expertise and experience in that certified field of law. The certification process is based on a variety of criteria including experience and examination.
Our office is open Monday - Friday, from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. We are closed on weekends and federal holidays. We have an answering service to answer calls after hours.
We discourage "walk-in" appointments, due primarily to the fact that the attorneys are frequently at the courthouse on cases or are otherwise occupied with scheduled appointments at various times throughout the day. We cannot guarantee that they will personally be available when a person merely "walks in." As such, an individually-scheduled office appointment is the appropriate way for scheduling time for an office consultation with an attorney.
You may contact our office at (713) 909-7323 anytime during customary business hours to schedule your appointment with an attorney.
The latest-scheduled weekday appointment is a 5:00 p.m. appointment. We do not schedule after-hours appointments. We do not, typically, schedule weekend appointments.
The typical appointment for an initial legal consultation runs for about an hour, depending on the nature and extent of the legal issues to be discussed.
Yes, there is an initial consultation fee for consultations. Keep in mind, you generally get what you pay for when it comes to the legal services market. Our potential clients receive a comprehensive review of their case and guidance, from an attorney, not the standard treatment at firms offering a "free" consultation. The consultation fee is due and payable prior to the consultation.
Certainly. The process is the same for an office appointment. You will telephone our office and schedule a phone conference for a specific date and time when the attorney will be available to take your telephone call. The fee for the telephone conference will need to be paid prior to the scheduled phone conference.
You will be discussing the general legal matter that is of concern to you, and the attorney will be offering his/her opinion, as well as furnishing you with general legal advice and recommendations to you regarding your legal matter. The initial consultation is designed to be both casual and conversational - as well as informative.
If you have been served with process (i.e. citation, subpoena, Temporary Restraining Order, lawsuit petition, certified letter, etc) then please bring such with you to your appointment. If there are any existing court orders pertaining to you which are presently in effect (such as Temporary Orders, Divorce Decrees, Attorney General Support Orders, Custody Orders, etc.), then please also remember to bring such with you to the appointment. If you cannot locate your existing or former court orders by date/time of the appointment, then please advise us of such when you come in. Fill out and bring in any documentation emailed to you from our office.
It is helpful but not required. You do not need to bring any such evidence with you for an initial consultation. Separate arrangements can be made for you to produce such documentation or "evidence" at a later date and time, if necessary.
A primary purpose of an initial consultation is to enable a prospective client to meet the attorney for general legal advice and to enable the attorney to assess the prospective client's case and legal matter. While every reasonable effort will be made to accommodate all of your questions and ensure that you come away from the appointment better informed about your legal rights and obligations, we cannot possibly ensure that every question will be covered or that every problem will be solved during the initial consultation. Some legal matters are simply more time-consuming or complex than others. Nonetheless, we are confident that you will find the time spent in the initial consultation to be time well spent.
There are no strings attached to an initial office consultation. If you decide that only consultation is adequate for your purposes, or if you decide to interview other attorneys, then such choice on your part is certainly understandable and will be respected.
We frequently meet with potential clients who are in need of further legal services. You and the attorney will also be discussing the nature and extent of possible future or additional legal services during the consultation, including the estimated fees and costs for such services.
Fees for further legal services are determined on a case-by-case basis, taking into account such factors as the nature and complexity of the legal matter, the estimated steps that will need to be undertaken to accomplish and conclude the legal matter, the likelihood of trial or other court appearances in connection with the legal matter, and any special time constraints or other unique factors associated with the case. Fees and fee payment arrangements will be discussed during the initial office consultation. The Fee Agreement provides language for such fees. Payment plans are not available at this time.
We accept cash, personal checks, wire transfers, and we also honor all of the major credit cards - VISA, Mastercard, American Express and Discover.
We will accept a payment on your behalf from a 3rd-party, subject to the 3rd-party's written consent authorizing our firm to bill or charge them for the appointment or another legal service.
You are certainly welcome to have a friend or family member accompany you to our office. If you are married, and if your own spouse would like to accompany you to the appointment, then he/she will be most welcome. However, in most instances, any other family members or friends will not be invited to join us during the actual consultation. This is for your own protection. The conversations that you and the attorney will be undertaking in the consultation are considered privileged and confidential. This protective privilege may be lost by inviting 3rd persons (such as friends and other family members) to sit-in with the attorney and prospective client during a consultation. However, if a friend or other family member's participation in the conference is determined to be vital or extraordinarily helpful, then arrangements can be made for their limited participation without jeopardizing your privacy.
The attorneys do not customarily discuss legal matters with the minor children of the clients, nor should you bring a minor child to an initial appointment, with the expectation that the attorney will be inviting the child to participate in a child custody discussion. However, if you and the attorney subsequently determine that it would be important or helpful for the child to visit with the attorney, then arrangements for a future meeting between the attorney and the child might be considered, taking into account the child's age and emotional development, the issues to be discussed, as well as additional factors deemed necessary to ensure the child's comfort level during such possible meeting.
Our office voice mail and email systems are activated 24/7. We also have an after-hours answering service. Every reasonable effort is undertaken to return your phone call or answer your email by the next business day.