Everyone wants something "free" or at no-cost. I know I do sometimes.
Some attorneys offer free legal consultations. Its depends on the attorney, law firm, and the type of law practice the attorney has.
For example, a personal injury, wills and trust, or employment law attorney may use a free legal consultation as an opportunity to gain additional information from you verbally and in writing (with intake forms) about your case.
However even those attorneys that provide free consultations, I don't know if the consultation includes reviewing legal documents and counseling and advising you on how to proceed.
If a nurse has a pending State Nursing Board complaint in Ohio, Kentucky and/or Indiana, I usually take those calls without charging so I can obtain additional information. I guess you can say this is a service provided for free. If you have a pending complaint before the State Nursing Boards in Ohio, Kentucky, and/or Indiana, call our office, provide your contact information including email address and telephone number, and we will schedule a telephone appt. (at no cost), usually 10-20 minutes, for me to obtain additional information about your situation to see if I can assist you and I will quote you a fee for representation, counseling, and advising.
Compare and contrast speaking with a nurse initially by phone regarding a Ohio, Kentucky, and/or Indiana State Nursing Board matter to reviewing and analyzing a State Nursing Board legal document and then discussing this document with the nurse by phone or in-person.
I am sorry but I cannot review your:
a. Ohio Nursing Board Consent Agreement;
b. Ohio Board of Nursing Adjudication Order;
c. Kentucky Board of Nursing Agreed Order;
d, Kentucky Board of Nursing Order;
e. Indiana Board of Nursing Order; and/or
f. State Nursing Board Alternative to Discipline Program Agreements, Contracts, or documents, and/or any other legal documents for free because:
1. Let's just get this one out of the way: I don't want to!;
2. If you have a State Board of Nursing legal document you want me to review, this usually indicates: you don't have an attorney and you have represented yourself (proceeded pro se) before the Board. This is significant whether or not you realize it.
This means some education and information is required to discuss how your case got to to this point and where it goes from this point forward and this takes time;
3. Honestly, do you work for free as a nurse for an hour or two out of every day? So, why do you expect a state licensed attorney who has carved a niche in nursing law to review your legal document and provide a service to you without charging for the service?
Just this week we had 10 nurses contact the firm regarding Ohio, Kentucky, and/or Indiana Nursing Board complaints, investigations, or evidentiary hearings. This doesn't even include the nurses who contacted the firm who are licensed in other states or who have a non-State Nursing Board issue (unemployment comp, workplace, credentialing, etc.)
I spoke with 5 out of the 10 already (no cost) and 5 of the nurses were instructed to schedule and pay for a legal consultation because the service requested involved reviewing a Board document. 4 out of 5 of those nurses have already paid for a legal consultation and the consultation was provided. I don't mess around.
1 nurse said, why can't LaTonia review the Ohio Board of Nursing Consent Agreement and discuss my options with me at no cost. I guess I should thank the nurse for the comment because we wouldn't have todays post.
4. Attorneys provide services which involve like nurses and docs their knowledge, skills, and abilities. I don't expect services from any professional for free because I am a professional who expects to be compensated for the services I provide;
5. You can google nurse license defense attorney, license defense attorney, or nurse attorney to find an attorney who may be able to review your legal document and discuss your options with you at no cost. If you can obtain a service for free then by all means do so. See also www.taana.org.
6. Legal Consultations compensate me for my time in addition to my knowledge, skills, and abilities and provide risk management for my law practice. The consultation establishes a one-time transaction and documentation of our meeting. The nurse also receives value. Its a win-win; and
7. I have an active case load so anytime spent giving away advice and counseling at no cost when I have nurses who retain and pay for my services isn't an effective use of my time and its not fair to the client who pay me to provide services.
What is a legal consultation? See http://www.nursing-jurisprudence.com/legalconsultations.html.
Oh and what were the legal documents I reviewed this week:
1. proposed Ohio Board of Nursing Consent Agreement;
2. Ohio Board of Nursing Adjudication Order;
3. Kentucky Board of Nursing Agreed Order; and
4. KARE for Nurses (Kentucky) and ISNAP (Indiana) Alternative to Discipline Programs for Substance Use agreements.