As an experienced Michigan family law attorney, I get plenty of crazy calls. Despite hearing stories about cheating spouses, troubled children and messy financial situations, I am still the most shocked by one particular type of caller.
Just recently I spoke with a woman about her Michigan family law case, and it turned into one of those shocking calls. Here is how the call went:
Caller: Do you give free consultations?
Michele Kelly: Yes
Caller: Do you practice family law? I have parenting time problems.
Michele Kelly: Yes I do, would you like to make an appointment with me? My hourly rate is $350 an hour.
Caller: But, I want a FREE consultation
Michele Kelly: You just got your free consultation - I heard your story, and told you that you need a lawyer.
I wasn't surprised that she slammed down the phone and hung up on me.
The way I see it, an attorney sells advice and helps people, just like little kids charge for lemonade at their lemonade stand, and prostitutes sell sexual services. Those people get paid before they hand over a glass of lemonade or perform a sexual act.
If you want legal advice from a Michigan family law attorney, you need to pay for it. If an attorney in Michigan is willing to "work" and give you an hour of their valuable time for "FREE", they can't be too busy, and probably aren't the best attorney on the market.
Would you really want to hire a Michigan family law attorney who gives away their time for free to others while you're paying for their time? As a client, I would be angry if I was told my attorney was too busy giving out free consultations like samples at Costco, and couldn't take my call.
Let's face it, everyone is selling something, and just like any "working girl", I get paid before I put out.