You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers. Here’s some of the most common questions we receive. If you have a concern or a question that isn’t listed here, please reach out to us.
+ What's the benefit of working with Scheel Legal?
We know what it's like to start and run a business. We also know what it's like to exit a business. These personal experiences make us better resources to our clients.
More than once we've been called Legal Rebels. We stand out from the crowd in that we come from families of innovators, hard workers, and progressive thinkers. We believe that clients are best served with a level of excellence our legal education and work experiences, combbined with creativity and unique competencies and capabilities to contribue to a changing business landscape.
We operate with a "yes" mindset - that is, we're looking for all the possibilities within the law to develop the best solutions for your business.
+ What is it like to work with Scheel Legal?
We prefer to communicate regularly and often. Because our clients are happier when we do, and frankly, our work is better this way too. But the conventional attorney-cleint billable hour model often creates tension for business owners accountable to a budget (both large and small).
We’re committed to shifting gears so that our work prioritizes relationships first. Both our A La Carte and Recurring Counsel offering are inclusive. So you can call us or email us and checkin with Q&A as much as you need to during business hours.
+ What are your rates?
Typically, our clients' projects fall into one of two categories: Inclusive A La Carte or Inclusive Recurring Counsel. All our clients are supported by an attorney-paralegal team.
Following our first introductory conference, we will provide you with a project proposal that describes your project needs, a schedule, and fees.
Our clients can move freely between the level of services as needed and it's totally up to your needs. For more details, and to help you determine which model might work best for you, please visit our Case for Corporate Counsel page.
If you prefer to work on a conventional billing model, corporate attorney, Kristin Scheel Downes, bills time at $325/hr and corporate paralegal, Thuy Sybesma, bills time at $85/hr. We request a retainer deposit in advance of beginning work that relates to the cost estimate for the requested work.
+ How large is the team? Will I get shuffled around between team members?
All our clients are supported by an attorney-paralegal team. You will likely have contact with both of us throughout our relationship. Our attorney is best a big picture thinking and problem solving, and our paralegal is best at managining the details and making sure we don't have any typos. Without any doubt our clients are better served by the team.
All our clients have attorney Kristin Downes cell phone number. She is committed to returning all calls and addressing your high priority concerns or needs the same business day or within 1 business day.
+ Are there resources I can look at that might answer my legal question?
Sure. We have done our best to populate the Resouces Page with commonly used sites. If you have a specific question, please do give us a call.