Welcome To Girolaw
I began my career on my own right after I finished working for a Judge. I had no idea how to be a lawyer or how to be a business man so I jumped into the deep end of the swimming pool on my own. I spoke to other attorneys and I read books to help me learn how to practice law and how to run my office. I sometimes felt that the way I was being taught to run the office was unusual and the reality of being a lawyer was very different from what I had in mind when I decided to go to law school. In many ways, it felt like the what some lawyers were focused on was to try to squeeze as much money out of clients with as little effort as possible.
First, everything was billed on an hourly basis. If a client called you, they were charged. If the other lawyer called you, the client was charged. If you went to court for 5 minutes, the client was charged. At $250 per hour, this could become very expensive for people that could not afford it, but needed the help. Because clients had difficulty budgeting for their legal fees, they would avoid calling to discuss their matter in order to save money. Clients often did not look forward to hearing from me out of fear of what it would cost them.
Even when they did call, it often took a long time to respond to them because I did not have a team supporting the firm. It was just me and one assistant who was overworked.
By the time the clients came in to meet with me, the relationship had become very transactional. We would finalize their matter, I would close their file and that was the end of the relationship. If they needed my help again, they might not even know it because they never heard from me again.
Whether it was helping a person with their divorce, helping families to protect their children and assets, or helping a small business to grow and prosper, this is how lawyers are taught to treat their clients. I always felt that there had to be a better way to service our clients while ensuring that we could follow up with them in the future. Our clients were making decisions that affected their families, their assets and their businesses and I just knew that they would need us again in the future. Sometimes changes happen in a client’s life or even the law can change. When you are provided legal services, you should be aware of how these changes can affect your life.
I became a father for the first time in 2012 and that is when I noticed that there was a glaring need for these services in my community. If I had this need, I knew that there were a lot of other people that needed this kind of support. That is when I decided to become a Personal Family Lawyer and changed how we were going to treat our clients moving forward.
First, we started offering flat rates to our clients. If the client does not wish to be billed on an hourly basis, they won’t be. Our fees are agreed to in advance and there are no surprises. Most clients prefer this agreement and so do we.
Second, there is an entire team in place to support our clients. If you need to speak to someone, someone on our team will contact you quickly and attempt to answer all of your questions. If you need to speak to the attorney, you will be able to make an appointment the same day.
Third, whether you need help with a divorce, family planning or small business planning, we treat this as an opportunity to create a lifetime relationship between yourself and the firm and not as a one time transactional event.
Once you sign your planning documents or completing your case, that is when the relationship really begins. At no additional charge, we review your plan or settlement at least every three years. And, we have two levels of membership programs that almost all of our clients participate in – either the gold program which provides you with a yearly review and unlimited changes to your plan or settlement and the gold plus program that includes an annual meeting with your attorney, CPA and financial adviser, plus ongoing legal guidance throughout the year. These are just a few of the things that make our firm different. Our firm is the best fit for people who want the peace of mind of knowing their family or business will be taken care of when something happens to them – that we will be here for them throughout their lifetime and then afterward.
On a personal note, I’m a dad, a homeowner and a business owner – and, what these experiences have taught me is that these services are something that you do for the people you love the most.