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At Zegarelli Associates, we are very proud of our
clientele, and we are delighted that you have chosen us to
provide your legal representation. We are determined to provide
you with the very best legal services. To that end, we have
defined our four-goal mission:
1. Quality. To provide you with the highest
quality legal services. To provide legal services by taking
advantage of the latest laws and technologies.
2. Responsiveness. To be responsive to your
needs and deadlines. To be prompt in returning phone calls.
To implement your suggestions for improving our service.
3. Personability. To be personable, so that you
enjoy your relationship with the members of the firm. In a
subtle way, to let you know that we appreciate the
responsibility with which you have entrusted us, and to let
you know we care about solving your legal issues.
4. Value. To provide the legal services that
you need in a cost-effective manner, and with due
consideration for your budget.
If we ever miss our mark, please let us
knowit is always our goal to satisfy your legal
AREAS OF SERVICE
Zegarelli Associates conducts a diverse general practice of law
in a variety of areas, but concentrates in transaction-oriented
legal issues. For example, Zegarelli Associates concentrates in:
The avant-garde areas of law, such as computer law,
copyright law, media and advertising law, trademark law,
trade secrets, and commercial transactions.
Business representation, including corporations,
partnerships, proprietorships, formations, mergers and
acquisitions, financings, franchising, and employment issues.
We have excellent associations with a number of support
businesses to assist you, such as accountants, insurance
companies and computer specialists. Our client base can be a
networking opportunity itself.
General practice and commercial litigation. Real
estate issues, such as closings on the purchase of commercial
and residential real estate. Drafting and review of leases.
Consent divorces, including the property settlement issues.
Estate issues, such as drafting wills and the administration
To best serve you, we retain specialty counsel to assist you
with your legal needs relating to criminal law, personal injury
law, and child custody law. Retaining specialty counsel, only
when necessary, permits us to concentrate on the transactional
aspects of the law.
We are pleased that referrals from clients have been our greatest
source of new client relationships.
Communication is the essence of working with your legal
representatives. At Zegarelli Associates, we take advantage of
the latest technologies to allow you to communicate with us in
more ways than any other law firm of which we are aware.
Electronic Bulletin Board. Zegarelli
Associates maintains a 24-hour public electronic bulletin board
service (the "BBS"). If you have a computer and a
modem, you can connect with the BBS and leave electronic mail,
and transfer legal documents. To take advantage of this exciting
service, just let us know so that we can give you a personal
password and private message and file transfer area. Numerous
clients have indicated how much they appreciate being able to
obtain their documents from the BBS, so that they can edit the
documents as necessary at their offices.
Telecopier. Zegarelli Associates maintains a
24-hour telecopier/facsimile. If you do not have a telecopier,
consider using a quick printer. Most quick printers now offer
public telecopier services.
CompuServe. Zegarelli Associates is a member of
CompuServe Information Service. CompuServe is considered to be
the foremost computerized information exchange. CompuServe also
permits access to Dun & Bradstreet, Telex, MCI Mail and other
similar services used for international and domestic business
transactions. Our identification number is 71031,2001.
Voice Mail. After general
business hours, you can leave a detailed voice mail message to
any person in the office. To access a mailbox, dial the personal
extension of the person you are calling. For ease of reference,
the personal extension of every person is usually the last 4
digits of that person's personal telephone number. For example,
if the telephone number of the person you are calling is
765-0401, then the extension would be 0401. If your message is an
emergency, dial the extension 0911, which will cause the system
to automatically attempt to page an attorney. You may obtain
additional information by dialing the extension 1212. You may
enter the extension as soon as the greeting beginsyou do
not have to listen to the entire greeting.
Based upon our experience, clients have a variety of individual
circumstances that require different payment opportunities. We
are pleased to offer excellent rate structures, and a number of
payment opportunities that can be tailored to your individual
Retainers. Generally, fees for legal services
accrue at an hourly rate. However, if you are reasonably sure
that you will need a minimum volume of work during any six-month
period, then you can establish a retainer and obtain up to a 25%
discount on legal fees. Retainers begin at a minimum of 30 hours
per retainer period (5 hours per month) up to a minimum of 120
hours (20 hours per month). Because your retainer rate is secured
for all hours workedeven hours worked beyond the minimum
volumeretainers can provide a significant savings. We will
even provide you with a copy of our own in-house software
package, RetrackerTM, to help you budget and plan your
use of the retainer opportunity.
Trade. If you believe that you offer goods and/or
services that may be needed by Zegarelli Associates, then we may
be able to develop a whole or partial trade relationship.
Equity. Clients with an excellent potential for
growth, but limited financial strength, may determine that it is
in the best interests of the company and the shareholders to pay
for legal services by granting equity in the company. While it is
the standard policy of the firm to advise against such
arrangements, we will entertain your request in certain
circumstances to assist you.
Contingencies; Pro Bono. Because of recent attorney
television advertising, you may be under the impression that
litigation is always performed on a contingency basis, i.e.
the "we don't get paid unless we get money for you"
scenario. Generally, that payment structure is used only for personal
injury litigationnot business or transactional
litigation. This fact is the result of the way that damages are
measured for different types of litigation. However, if you are
in a financial bind, and a successful outcome is probable, then
we will entertain a request for a contingency-based engagement.
Also, if you or someone you know needs emergency legal assistance
for non-business related matters, but has insufficient financial
capability to pay our usual fees, then we will consider
performing services on a pro bono basis.
Payment; Charge Cards. We truly appreciate when
invoices are paid in a timely manner. We accept all major credit
cards at no cost to you. If you cannot pay within the terms of
your engagement letter, then please inform us so that we can work
with you in developing a reasonable payment plan.
All in all, we understand your needs, and we will work with you
to provide the necessary legal services. Call us if you would
like to discuss payment opportunities.
One of the most interesting services that we offer is the
ability to perform preliminary computerized trademark research in
the officegenerally for less than $50 per search. Because
we have the technological ability to perform this research in the
office, we can often save you hundreds of dollars. Before you use
a new business name, or product or service name, seriously
consider having us perform this research. You not only save
considerably on our in-house search costs, but the search
information could save you thousandsif not hundreds of
thousandsof dollars later.
We are pleased to offer a number of legal seminars and
legal publications. If you are interested in receiving
information about current publications and upcoming seminars,
please contact the office so that we can send you further
To ensure that we provide you with the proper protection
for performing legal services, we have developed an in-house
software package to track the schedule of your various due dates
and filing deadlines. For example, a state filing this year may
require a renewal filing in the year 2010. A "docket"
is basically a legal term for a schedule of deadlines. If you
need a copy of your docket at any time, please let us know.
If you ever have a question or suggestion, please call us. Lisa Davis, Legal
Coordinator, can explain the status of your docket, work in
process, or the time-line for a legal procedure.
Contact us today! Our firm can assist
you with understanding and applying the law to your particular situation.
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