Do I deal with an attorney or just office personnel?
Your consultations, document review and document drafting are all done by an attorney.
How do I communicate with the attorney?
Our online client portal, MyCase, is our preferred way to communicate. We use MyCase so that the universe of your business is in one place, and you can easily access your information. MyCase uses state-of-the-art law firm security, all sensitive information is encrypted before it’s written to disk.
Can’t I draft my own contracts?
Yes, of course. As a small business owner, you want to mitigate risk. You want to decrease the chances of litigation or another party not performing under a contract. Our subscription service allows you to mitigate the risk of costly litigation, non-performance, etc. Although costs vary based on the type of case, estimates for the median cost of litigation range from $43,000 to $122,000 per case. Furthermore, as a small business owner you want predictability of your costs. UpTrend provides you with a set rate, so you know your likely legal costs for the year.
What if I need additional legal work outside of my subscription?
Depending on the service, we can provide additional legal services at our normal rate of $450 per hour.
What states do you cover?
We offer our services to California businesses.
What is the turnaround time for projects?
It depends on the project – document review will take less time than drafting a document. However, as soon as you notify us of your drafting need, we will send you an intake form via MyCase for you to fill out some key elements, facts, numbers, etc., that apply to your project. Once you submit your intake form your attorney will draft your document.
Is there a limit on the number of drafts per document?
No. We want your project to be as you want it. We understand most contracts, etc., require multiple drafts. Only the final draft counts towards your subscription.
If the counter-party proposes changes to a contract, etc., does each review / change count towards my monthly document review or draft limit?
No. Again, we understand that contracts and the like go through various iterations until complete. Multiple reviews or drafts of one project will not count against your monthly limit.
Will I be notified before I am charged an hourly rate if I go over my monthly services?
Yes, we will ask your permission to bill beyond your monthly allotment before we start billing you.
Do you handle litigation?
No, you will need independent counsel for litigation matters. Our focus is keeping your small business out of litigation.
Can I call my attorney whenever I want?
Our policy is to schedule all attorney appointments so that the attorney can dedicate 100% of their attention to your issue.
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