FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions
The following are a few of the frequently asked questions that we commonly encounter.
Q: Appointments and Walk-ins?
A: Appointments are based on our current calendar availability and must be scheduled in advance. Walk-in’s are not accepted.
Q: Fee Arrangements?
A: The Mau Law Firm operates similar to most mid-size and large law firms in the Bay Area, with a required retainer fee and competitive hourly billable rates. Our current hourly rate structure is only issued to clients or prospective clients. A typical retainer fee would be anywhere in the four to five figure range, and goes into a client trust account as a deposit against fees and costs.
Q: Contingency Fees or Pro Bono Work?
A: PLEASE READ THIS BEFORE CONTACTING THE FIRM. The firm generally does NOT perform work on a contingency fee basis, i.e. a basis where the firm receives a percentage (typically 35% or more) of any funds actually recovered. Firms that commonly do accept contingency fees are often in the area of personal injury, and are generally not specialized counsel in Construction, Real Estate and Business Law.
A common misconceprtion is that a contingency fee equals “free” representation, where the reality is that a client must usually still pre-pay all court costs, service costs, deposition costs, expert fees and other out-of-pocket expenses, which costs can easily be in the thousands of dollars, and a retainer fee is still required. On some cases a quick settlement can occur, which would also result in an immediate large percentage fee. These factors can make it economically unwise for most businesses to seek out this type of fee.
As for Pro Bono work (volunteer free legal services), the firm does volunteer through local agencies. However, we generally do NOT undertake any Pro Bono work directly. If you are looking for free legal services, please do not contact us and instead contact your local Legal Aid Society. Thank you.
Q: In Construction Law, who are your traditional clients?
A: We represent general contratctors, subcontractors in a variety of trades, construction supply companies and property owners with current or past construction projects, insurers and sureties. We also are involved in and represent construction industry associations.
Q: In Real Estate Law, who are your traditional clients?
A: We represent commercial and residential property owners, Homeowner’s Associations (“HOA’s”) for condominiums, town-homes and other planned community developments, landlords / tenants for issues including evictions and eviction defense, and service vendors to property owners.
Q: In Business Law, who are your traditional clients?
A: We represent a variety of businesses throughout California in numerous industries, especially those in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. We do have a special affinity for businesses in the South of Market District and City and County of San Francisco as that is where we are headquartered, and in Alameda County and San Mateo County as that is where our Managing Attorney previously practiced.
Q: Do you accept Telemarketing or Solicitations?
A: No. Though the firm does value its vendors, and also does donate and participate in a number of worthy charities, we simply do not accept any telephone soliciations of any kind. All direct marketers are directed to place our numbers on their “Do Not Call” and “Do Not Fax” lists. Thank you.
Q: What is the quickest way to make contact?
A: Please use email thru our Contact Us submission page as the quickest method to make contact as emails will reach our Managing Attorney even when he is out of the office. Please also feel free to call us at our main office number: (415) 495-8082. For all inquires, please leave your full name, address, telephone number and email address. Thank you.
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