Employment Law Client Guide for Employers

Employment Law Attorneys: Who Are They? What Do They Do? How Much Will They Charge?

Bakke Norman, S.C. has experienced attorneys with expertise in employment law matters. We employ skilled legal assistants and paralegals to help you and your attorney with your file and to assure you of the best professional representation. You are encouraged to contact the legal assistant or paralegal regarding any questions about your case if the attorney is unavailable. A legal assistant or paralegal is not an attorney and is not permitted to give legal advice. However, the legal assistant or paralegal can answer many questions regarding your case. The legal assistant or paralegal will refer questions calling for legal advice to your attorney.

What Will Your Attorney Do?

Your attorney will advise you about the law and help you prepare and present your case, which might involve hiring or consulting with other professionals such as private investigators, physicians, psychologists or vocational rehabilitation specialists.

We will keep you advised regarding the legal proceedings, advise you regarding your options and answer any questions you have.

What Does It Cost?

Employer clients of Bakke Norman, S.C. are charged for legal services based on the time spent on the file, the experience and expertise of the attorney working on the file, and the complexity of the problems presented and the result obtained. Time records are maintained for all work on the file, including telephone calls. These records are one element used to calculate your bill unless you have a different fee agreement with your attorney.

An employment matter’s cost is difficult to predict accurately. The total cost depends on the work required of us, the number of witnesses and documents, the complexity of the legal concerns involved, and our opponent’s attitude and behavior.

During our representation, we might advance certain fees and costs for our clients, which might include such items as filing fees, process servers’ fees, court reporter fees for depositions, witness subpoena fees, private investigator fees, expert witness fees, telephone charges, photocopies and travel expenses. You will always be billed for the costs we advance on your case, besides attorney fees.

We must have an agreement with you regarding fees and costs before any work starts. If, for any reason, you do not completely understand the fees to be paid, please discuss this with your attorney immediately.

Telephone Calls

We welcome your telephone calls and e-mail with questions about your case or with new information we need. When your attorney is in court or meeting with another client, your call might be referred to the legal assistant or paralegal assisting on your file. We will make every effort to respond to your inquiries promptly.

Settlement

At various stages of the proceedings, we might explore the possibility of settlement. We might do this by informal contact with the other attorney or by a formal settlement conference. Although we will start and participate in settlement discussions, you are the only one who can agree on a settlement. Settlement might not be possible or advisable until all facts and values have been uncovered through the discovery process. When we have all the facts, we will offer you our professional advice and recommendations for settlement based on the law and our view of the case.

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