Abraham Lincoln, who was a lawyer long before he became the 16th President of the United States, explained that "a lawyer's time and advice are his stock in trade."  What Honest Abe was saying is that when you hire an attorney, you are paying for the attorney's time, education and experience to help you through your legal problem.

In the case of Don Werno, that means Batchelor and Master's degrees in psychology, combined with a law degree and more than 30 years of experience in business and other desciplines.  Don has also been an attorney since 1999.

The truth is that hiring a lawyer is expensive.  We know that.  We also know some great lawyer jokes if you need any.  What you may not know, however, is that being a lawyer is expensive, too.  An unfortunate reality of the legal profession is that lawyers are frequently burdoned with six figure student loan debts, along with their office overhead, staff salaries and a whole host of other expenses, whch are all necessary just to offer you help with your legal problem; even the simple ones.

As a result, lawyers (and other professionals like doctors) have to charge rediculous amounts of money just to pay their expenses, yet alone make a living.  Despite that reality, we have never been offended by a client trying to lower their legal costs and in fact, we actively work on behalf of our clients to try and save them some money, often in ways that they'll never be aware of, which is fine with us because doing the right thing is its own reward.  As such, we have prepared the following information so that you can hopefully reduce your legal expenses in an intelligent way that does not ultimately harm your case.  To br clear, we believe that there is a right way and a wrong way to cut costs, which is why we created these tips to help you.

Be prepared.  This simple tip applies in so many ways, it's not funny.  First, when you meet with your attorney, make sure that you have an agenda of things that you want to talk about, so that you don't have to waste time and thus money talking in circles until you finally remember the purpose for your meeting.  The same is true when you call your attorney, send your attorney an Email, or communicate with your attorney in any fashion.  The same is also true when communicating with the attorney's staff as well.

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