Free Consultation Before You Hire a Lawyer

The Law Office of Douglas B. Harper offers free initial consultations to prospective clients who are looking to hire a lawyer in Chicago and northeastern Illinois. You can request a consultation by mail, by phone, or by email. You receive the consultation after passing a brief Phone Screening. The entire process we follow in deciding whether to accept a new case involves these four steps:

Phone Screening

When you contact the law office for the first time, you will be asked a few questions to ensure your potential case presents no conflict of interest and fits into one of our practice areas. Phone Screening does not create an attorney/client relationship or provide legal advice.

Free Consultation

If your potential case presents no conflict and fits one of our practice areas, you will receive a Free Consultation with Mr. Harper by phone. The Free Consultation lets Mr. Harper decide if it sounds like your case involves legal arguments he would be willing to assert in court. The Free Consultation does not create an attorney/client relationship or provide legal advice.

Case Review

If it sounds like you have a case, Mr. Harper will recommend a Case Review which requires a nominal fee. In the Case Review, Mr. Harper reviews your documents and the law, and decides if your case actually involves arguments he would be willing to raise in court. The fee pays for the work of making that decision. Case Review does not create an attorney/client relationship, but it does identify the arguments we would be willing to raise in court.

The Attorney/Client Relationship

When the Case Review is completed, you will be told whether the law office will offer to accept your case, and what it will cost. A contract will be provided, setting out the terms of the proposed representation. At that point, you can agree to hire the law office to represent you.

These four steps are the only way to create an attorney/client relationship with the law office. When you follow this process, all of the information that you disclose to us, at every step along the way, will remain absolutely confidential, even if the law office ultimately does not become your attorney.

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Contact Information

The Law Office of Douglas B. Harper 70 West Madison Street, Suite 1400 Chicago, Illinois 60602-4267 Consultation: (312) 214-7040 Direct: (312) 214-2454 Fax: (312) 212-4102

Email

If you use email to request a free consultation, tell us only: (1) your name, (2) the practice area for your case, and (3) the names of any other people, businesses, and government officials involved. Please do not send documents or mention facts about your case until asked to do so.