Client Communication Policy
Connection and communication with our clients is one of our core values at Roquemore Skierski PLLC (RS).
This Client Communication Policy outlines what you can generally expect from us in terms of how and when we communicate.
- Method of Communication:
Like most firms, we communicate via telephone (including text), video conference, email, and mail. We do not generally communicate via fax, but if that is what you need, please contact the paralegal assigned to your matter.
We do not communicate with existing clients via social media, instant message, or on 3rd party websites. We may, however, communicate with prospective clients via social media, instant message or on 3rd party websites prior to being hired.
- Telephone and Email
We respond to client telephone messages and emails according to the order in which they are received and the urgency of the matter. We try to respond to non-emergency calls and emails within 2 business days. We ask clients to leave a detailed message regarding specific questions or concerns, as this helps us in prioritizing our calls and responses more efficiently. If you have an emergency issue that needs urgent attention, please contact the paralegal assigned to your matter for expedited treatment.
RS is a virtual lawfirm, meeting client needs through an extensive network of attorneys and support staff located across Texas. For that reason, we ask that you schedule an appointment in advance if you wish to meet in person or by video conference. If you cannot attend a scheduled appointment, please call 24 hours before your appointment to either cancel or reschedule your appointment. If you are late to an appointment, we may have to cut it short or reschedule the appointment.
- Status Updates and Check-Ins
Once you become a client of RS you will receive a welcome email. That email contains important information about who is working on your legal matter and whom you need to copy on all of your emails with the firm. Because we always work as a team, failing to copy everyone assigned to your matter may delay our response.
Our attorneys or paralegals should provide you with a status update via email at least once a month to keep you informed about your matter and upcoming events. If you wish, you can also expect to speak with one of the attorneys assigned to your matter by phone, video conference, or in-person meeting about every 30 days.
Aside from these general time frames, we communicate with our clients about important developments regarding their matter (such as when a motion is filed), to obtain input and approval regarding a letter or other out-going communication, or after an important phone call with an opposing counsel, witness, expert, or co-party.
We also provide updates when we deliver or receive important documents regarding your matter. We generally send clients copies of all substantive documents exchanged with opposing parties, courts, arbitrators, mediators, witnesses, experts, and co-parties (e.g., letters, emails, motions, court decisions, court dates, requests for production, etc.).
Some clients want more frequent communication, and we are always happy to customize our communications with our clients if it is feasible. For example, some clients want a weekly phone check-in at a particular day and time. If you feel like you would benefit from more structured or frequent communication, please let the paralegal on your matter know.
- Client Documents
We ask our clients to gather and provide any documentation requested by our office in a timely manner. Please always communicate with a paralegal before compiling documents or delivering them to our office. Proactive communication with our attorneys and paralegals regarding client documents, especially when responding to a request for production of documents, is beneficial for all.
- Your Communication With Us
Here are some simple, but important, rules for communication with us:
- Do not communicate with us from any non-secure email (such as your work email) or phone. This can waive your attorney-client privilege as to our communications, making them discoverable in litigation or in response to a subpoena.
- You can also waive your attorney-client privilege by copying a third-party on an email or other written communication to the firm, or by sharing any of our communications with a third party. If you have a question about who is considered a third party versus an agent who may be part of your litigation team, consult with your RS attorney(s) before proceeding.
- Please be respectful and mindful in your communications with our attorneys and staff. We understand situations requiring legal representation can be stressful. We are on your side and want to achieve the best possible results for you.
This Client Communication Policy applies only to our clients who have retained the services of Roquemore Skierski PLLC by an engagement agreement signed by you and RS. The term “our clients” means the persons or entities whom we have agreed in writing to represent in a legal matter. We will not treat an employee or family member (e.g., spouse, parent, child, domestic partner, or fiancé) as a client unless they have become a co-client by signing a joint representation agreement with RS.
--------------------------------------------------Notice to Prospective clients: We do not give legal advice to businesses or individuals who are not our clients. If you wish to become a client, please complete an inquiry form and contact our office to discuss your interest in our services.