Copyright 2012 Janice Hardaway
100 E. San Antonio Street
San Marcos, Texas 78666
Frequently Asked Questions
How important is it to hire an attorney with experience?
It is certainly not unimportant, but here is something to consider.
Good lawyers get better with experience, but bad lawyers get worse.
For the overwhelming majority of cases, as long as you have a good
lawyer, you will be in much better shape than you otherwise would
So what makes a good lawyer?
First and foremost, a good lawyer knows how to listen. If your
lawyer doesn't listen, then information is lost and the representation
suffers a great deal. Secondly, a good lawyer makes sure that they
stay current. From recently released court opinions to new strategies
and technology in the courtroom, the legal landscape is constantly
changing. A good lawyer is constantly adapting to those changes.
Third, a good lawyer has the ability to see the big picture. Good
lawyers understand that winning a battle isn't worth losing a war.
Finally, the best people generally make the best lawyers. Honesty,
compassion, and character are all traits that benefit the client and the
legal profession as a whole.
I don't think I can afford a lawyer, can I just handle it on my own?
You shouldn't. If you really can't afford an attorney, then the court is
required by law to provide you with one at the County's expense. Let
them do this, it will likely help you out and it certainly won't hurt. If
you can't qualify for a court-appointed attorney, then you can afford
one and you should carefully select one to hire. Nobody has ever
said "boy, I'm sure glad I handled that myself and didn't get
someone who knows what they're doing to help me. That turned out
well for me."
Ok, point taken. How much do your services cost?
It can vary widely from case to case, but unless you don't live
nearby, I insist you come and visit with me in person before I discuss
financials. Meeting face to face allows us both to get a feel for each
other and to make sure it's a mutually beneficial fit. The only thing I
can tell you for sure is that our fees will always be reasonable
because if I were in your shoes, I would want to be charged a
Do you offer free consultations?
Yes. For family law cases, the first 30 minutes are almost always free
and any cost after that is waived if you retain my services. For
criminal cases, the first consultation is always completely free,
regardless of the time spent.