Who is Merus?
Actually, there is no one at our office by the name of Merus. Merus is Latin for “pure.” The founding partners felt it was important to select a name that reflects the firm’s ideals. Merus encompasses our passion, dedication, and respect for the law, as well as our commitment to direct and honest representation of our clients.
How much do you charge for a consultation?
Family law, adoption, grandparents’ rights, and guardianship consultations are $100.
How long does the consultation last?
Consultations typically last anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour.
What do I need to bring to the consultation?
It is helpful to write down a list of questions you have for the attorney. If your matter has already started, please bring any significant orders and/or pleadings (e.g., pending Request for Order, custody orders, etc.), as well as a list of any upcoming Court dates.
What are your rates?
The simple answer is that it depends. Some matters are billed at an hourly rate (the attorney rate is $300-$350 per hour) and some are billed as a set fee. The attorney will provide a fee quote during your consultation based on the type and complexity of your matter and the legal services that will be provided.
How does the fee retainer work?
A retainer is essentially an advance against fees and costs. The retainer is deposited into a separate bank account that is used for paying costs such as filing fees, and for attorney and staff billings. The money is held in trust, meaning that we will not transfer the funds to our general operating account until the costs have been incurred and the attorney fees have been earned. You will receive a billing statement each month detailing the attorney fees and costs that have been paid out of your retainer. Your retainer may become depleted as work is completed on your matter, in which case you may be asked to replenish your balance. You will receive a refund of any remaining balance held in your retainer account at the conclusion of our representation.
How often will I receive a billing statement, and what if I have a billing question?
Billing statements are sent out on or shortly after the first of each month. Please do not hesitate to call or email us with any billing questions. We believe you should be fully informed during each step of your matter, and that includes understanding how your legal fees are being used. We never charge clients to discuss billing questions.
Most law firms seem to charge for postage and every photocopy and fax, which really adds up over time. Do you do the same?
No. Rather than repeatedly charging you for administrative costs, we charge a single file setup and costs fee at the outset of your matter. That’s it. No postage charges, ten-cent copies, or five-dollar faxes. The only administrative cost you will see is mileage (our tax advisor told us we have to). This way you don’t get “nickeled and dimed,” and we are able to pass along to you what we save by not having to track billing for each piece of mail, every page that is copied, and fax that is sent.
How can I find your office?
We are conveniently located in Roseville at the intersection of Highway 65 and Pleasant Grove, within minutes of the Placer County Superior Court. Businesses located nearby include Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club, Starbucks, and Sonic. Our address is 925 Highland Pointe Drive, Suite 120, Roseville, CA 95678. The 925 building is the second large building you will see when driving up to the business complex. Enter the lobby and take a right down the hallway. We are the last office on your right (look for our logo on the wall). We are conveniently located on the main floor of the building and are handicap accessible.
What does Merus Law do to help the environment?
The practice of law requires significant information management: which means lots and lots of paper. We strive to maintain a “paperless” work environment. Every document that comes in or leaves our office is scanned as a PDF. This extra administrative time allows us to stay organized and efficient, and decreases the need to maintain huge paper files. Only the most crucial documents such as court orders and pleadings are printed or copied, thereby greatly reducing the amount of paper we use each year. Our paperless system is an added advantage to our clients who prefer the ease of receiving correspondence immediately via email attachment, as opposed to waiting for hard copies to arrive via the U.S. Postal Service. In addition to saving trees, we strive to be energy efficient. For example, our office building promotes environmental sustainability through EnergyStar® compliance.