Frequently Asked Questions
+ How does it work?
You've been served with a motion for summary judgment at a particularly busy time and you need to respond; you're approaching trial and will need a bunch of motions and a trial brief in addition to preparing witnesses, openings, and closings; or, you just need to move a case along but you don't have two hours together sitting at your desk. Whatever the situation, we can do the legwork. You simply assign us a task, like: draft an opposition to this summary judgment motion that highlights these disputed facts or review the file and propose and draft motions in limine, or prepare a motion to compel that pressures the other side toward settlement.
You will work one-on-one with one of us until your project is complete (and maybe beyond 😉).
+ How do I initiate a project?
Simply reach out to us here or by email to let us know some details such as your deadline, your expectation for the final project, and an estimation of the number of hours you think the project will take. We will confirm the project, run conflicts, and arrange a phone or video conference to discuss the facts. While working on the project, we will stay in communication to make sure we are achieving your objectives.
+ What can I hire an Adhoc. attorney to do?
Basically anything you might ask a traditional associate to do. Here's some of the projects others are assigning:
- Complaints & petitions
- Disco requests & responses
- Doc review
- Compel & protection motions
- Suppression motions
- Summary judgment & other terminal motions
- Jury instructions & verdict forms
- Motions in limine
- Trial briefs
- Pocket briefs
- Motions to reconsider
- Petitions for review
- Appellate briefs
- Research memos
- Case reviews
- Municipal code reviews
- Administrative appeals
+ What ethical issues should I be considering?
Though our attorneys are held to the same ethical standards as traditional attorneys, there are ethical areas that require special consideration and planning when using an outside attorney. These include avoiding conflicts of interest, verifying qualifications, safeguarding confidentiality, obtaining client consent where necessary, providing an adequate level of supervision, and ensuring the reasonability of the fee.
+ How do we conflict check?
We use a professional conflict checker to help us avoid unintentional conflicts of interest. We ask that those interested in initiating a project on a new matter submit their conflicts here or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
+ Are your attorneys bound by confidentiality?
Yes, though we do not form an attorney-client relationship with the end client, we sign a confidentiality agreement with each of our hiring firms stating that we agree to be bound by confidentiality and to safeguard client confidences.
+ Do you have malpractice insurance?
Yes, we have a malpractice policy that covers acts, errors, and omissions in legal services rendered by Ad Hoc Legal Group, PLLC, d/b/a/ Adhoc. Associates. Even if we are working on your firm’s case, our work is covered by this policy because Adhoc. is its own entity. Please note that this only covers our work.
+ What are your rates, and how are projects billed?
We bill a reasonable hourly rate for our projects and invoice at a project’s close unless we have agreed in advance to bill monthly for a specific project. Contact us for more specifics on our rates.
+ How do you track your time?
We track our time contemporaneously with a professional time tracker that allows us to provide our hiring firms with detailed time records.
+ Where do I mail a check?
You can mail checks to the following: Ad Hoc Legal Group, PLLC, d/b/a/ Adhoc. Associates, 1037 NE 65th Street # 80315, Seattle, WA 98115. We also have the ability to process credit cards or to set up ACH transfers here.
+ Can I pay by credit card?
Yes, we use an online portal that supports credit card processing in addition to allowing our users to view their past invoices and payment history. We also have the capability of processing payments through ACH.
+ Where are you located?
We are based out of Washington, but our attorneys operate remotely and reside in Washington, Oklahoma, and even OCONUS!
+ Can I surcharge my client for work completed by one of your attorneys?
Yes, in most states surcharging is acceptable as long as our services are billed as fees for legal services, rather than expenses, and the total fee is reasonable.