August 4, 2018 At the Hessian & McKasy Environmental Law Attorney Practice Group we are available for consultations with clients. We have found that often clients want to talk through issues and get basic advice. In many cases, after an initial consultation, the client’s questions may be answered. In some cases, after a consultation the client seeks additional professional help.
Obtaining a professional consultation from the environmental lawyers in the Environmental Law Attorney Practice Group is simple. There a few straightforward steps to follow:
Steps in a Consultation with An Environmental Attorney:
First, we need to complete a conflict check.
This process verifies that our representation of you or your company does not conflict with any other matter we are handling as a law firm. We have full time staff dedicated to checking for conflicts together with a computerized system listing all clients, related and adverse parties. The conflict check process does not take too long to complete.
Second, once we clear all conflicts, we prepare a Consultation Agreement which states the terms of our representation and the scope of our legal services.
We can send this to you by mail or e-mail. We ask all clients to sign the Consultation Agreement and pay a consultation fee, which may vary depending on the complexity of the matter, in advance of the consultation.
Third, you sign the Consultation Agreement and send it to our Firm.
Next, we deposit your check into our Firm’s trust account. These monies are held in trust and applied to the invoice related to the consultation. It is our obligation to return any unused monies to you, the client. We may ask you to send us documents related to the consultation. We keep these materials in a confidential file.
Fourth, we may set a time to meet in person.
We can meet at Hessian & McKasy’s offices in Minneapolis or at a location that is convenient to you. If a face-to-face meeting is impractical, we can set a telephone conference call.
Finally, we are ready to proceed on your behalf. We review your situation and, as agreed, provide the consultation.
In some cases the consultations relate to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) or the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or the need for a response to an environmental enforcement action. We also regularly provide advice about environmental issues that arise in business and real estate transactions. In many cases, we can provide advice and guidance in less than an hour and the matter can be concluded right then and there. However, other cases need more attention and we need to spend additional time on the matter.
Some cases require further work. If you would like us to proceed further on your behalf, we are, of course, prepared to do that.
We hope this explanation of the Hessian & McKasy Environmental Law Attorney Practice Group’s professional consultation services is helpful to you. We look forward to being of assistance.
Joseph Maternowski is a Minnesota environmental attorney who is familiar with federal and state environmental laws. At Hessian & McKasy we are very familiar with the administrative processes of agencies such as the MPCA and EPA. We provide clients with legal services packages. For more information or to begin the consultation process, please call one of our environmental lawyers at the Environmental Law Attorney Practice Group at 612-746-5754.
The views here are my own and do not reflect the views of Hessian & Mckasy, P.A. Please see the disclaimer on this site for further information as to legal representation and the content on this blog.