Frequently Asked Questions

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The official FAQS of Solliday Law,
a boutique law firm located in the
heart of Phoenix.

Robert Solliday provides a range of legal services to individuals and businesses
in Arizona and throughout the United States with transactions or property in Arizona.


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How do I get started?

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The first step is to send Robert an email or call 602 559 4800 to discuss your matter and our services.  We can start representing you or your company as soon as (i) we establish that there are no potential conflicts of interest (e.g., that we do not represent a party on the other side of your transaction); and (ii) you execute our standard engagement letter and pay the requisite retainer deposit, if required.

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Assuming I need a good real estate lawyer, why should I engage Solliday Law?

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As we discuss on the “About” page, Solliday Law is an alternative to the big law firm.  Our clients expect and get the attention they deserve as valuable clients with real legal needs. At Solliday Law, you work directly with a senior lawyer with 30 years of experience, who was trained at the big firms, at lean firm pricing. Robert has experience handling real estate matters in neighborhood commercial corners and major city centers alike.  He is adept at handling even the most complex real estate transactions, from initial purchase through development, to the eventual sale.

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Assuming I need an estate plan, why should I engage Solliday Law?

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We have created a new business model designed for individuals looking for an alternative to the big law firm. At Solliday Law, you get the best of both worlds, personal attention plus you work directly with Robert with his 30 years experience and solid tax background -- arranging for the transfer of one's property and assets in the most cost-effective and efficient manner, while also considering family relationships, the nature and amount of assets, and applicable taxes.  Our comprehensive estate plans also address issues such as planning for the possibility of future incapacity and avoiding the necessity for probate administration upon a client's death.

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Assuming I need a good corporate lawyer, why should I engage Solliday Law?

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As we discuss on the “About” page, Solliday Law is a different kind of law firm.  We have created a new business model designed for entrepreneurs, savvy investors, and individuals looking for an alternative to the big law firm.  Our clients expect and know they will get the attention they deserve. That's why the majority of our business is through existing client referrals. At Solliday Law, you work directly with a 30 year experienced attorney, who was trained at the big firms, at lean firm pricing.

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Why do I need a corporate lawyer?

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You need a corporate lawyer to protect your best interests.  A well-drafted agreement is like a good insurance policy in the event of dispute or litigation.  It is a known fact we live in a litigious society, take advantage of our General Counsel Services for solid business advice and to help identify risks and in negotiation terms.

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Who will do the work?

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At Solliday Law, you get large firm quality for small firm prices which results in a significant savings for you while still obtaining outstanding quality legal representation. You work directly with Robert, a senior lawyer with 30 years of experience who was trained at the big firms. Whenever possible, he works with his experienced paralegal to ensure your work is performed in the most cost effective way. Those savings are passed on to you.

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Do you accept credit cards?

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Currently we do not accept credit cards, however we are working towards implementing a credit card payment system in the near future. If this is an important payment option for you, please contact us.

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Why are the legal fees at Solliday Law so much lower than the big firms?

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We keep our overhead costs low and pass these substantial savings on to you. We do not find any benefit for the client or for us to compete on price.

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How often do you bill?

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Solliday Law makes it a practice to bill on a monthly basis for the work that was performed in the prior month. The statement is a good source of information to keep informed as to how your legal matter is progressing. If your matter is on a retainer fee basis, your statement will also reflect the payment from your account and reduce your balance to zero. We appreciate timely payment of invoices. At this time we do not accept credit cards; however dependent upon client need, we may consider doing so in the future. Regardless of the arrangement, our goal is to make sure you are happy. In order to ensure that there are no end-of-the-month surprises regarding invoices, prior to our first meeting, or at the conclusion of that first meeting, our Client Liaison Director is happy to sit down with you to go over billing procedures and answer your questions if you so choose.

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What are your attorney fees and costs, and how are they billed?

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At Solliday Law, you get large firm quality for small firm prices which results in a significant savings for you while still obtaining outstanding quality legal representation. You work directly with a senior lawyer with 30 years of experience who was trained at the big firms. Wherever possible, I work with our experienced paralegal to ensure your work is performed in the most cost effective way. Those savings are passed on to you.

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What are your thoughts on web services like LegalZoom or DocStoc?

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I am sure web services like LegalZoom or DocStoc serve a need in the community. They are great for the circumstances that are in the middle of the fairway, but unfortunately, many matters, like golf balls, don't end up in the middle of the fairway. The benefit of hiring an experienced lawyer is that they are trusted advisors, who will strategize with you and help you think through key legal issues. We take pride in providing small business owners and individuals with comprehensive legal service at cost-effective rates.

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Are there other ways to solve legal problems?

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I will inform you if your case can be handled through other less expensive, time consuming means.

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How long have you been practicing law?

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I have been practicing law in Arizona for the past 30 years. In my work I am able to draw on a unique blend of legal experience and formal education. I am a recipient of an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the premiere legal resource publisher, indicating that my peers have ranked me at the highest levels of professional excellence and ethical standards. I have held this rating for the past 15 years.

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What kind of legal services do you provide?

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As a full-service law firm, we handle all the legal needs of our clients. From startup business counseling and general corporate matters to franchise agreements, mergers, acquisitions, and sales of businesses we give our clients the attention they need. We pride ourselves in offering comprehensive, tax-sensitive estate planning services, premarital agreement preparation, and probate administration on estates of all sizes and complexities. We are highly competent in handling complex real estate transactions involving both improved and unimproved properties, from acquisition through development, to the eventual sale. You can find a complete list of our services on the legal Services page.

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How do you handle a client that has legal needs for services you do not offer?

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At Solliday Law we work very closely with an experienced team of unaffiliated lawyers to provide additional legal services as necessary.  For example, if there is a complicated employee issue or divorce, we will engage counsel with that expertise.  This approach allows us to select and work with top legal talent on an as-needed basis, which is both efficient and cost-effective.

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How would you describe your typical client?

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I represent individuals and small businesses throughout the Phoenix Metropolitan Area as well as several out of state clients with matters that fall under Arizona law.  My client base ranges from budding entrepreneurs, mom and pop businesses, real estate developers and investors, and high net-worth individuals.

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What kind of special training or knowledge do you have that might apply to or benefit my situation?

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I received my undergraduate degree in accounting from San Diego State University. From there I attended Arizona State University College of Law, where I earned my Juris Doctorate and graduated cum laude. Following law school, I attended New York University School of Law, where I attained my Master of Laws in Taxation. I was admitted to the State Bar of Arizona in 1984; having the privilege of being sworn in by Sandra Day O'Connor at the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.

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How will you let me know what’s happening with my legal matter?

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We feel that communication and understanding is paramount when working with a lawyer. At Solliday Law, it is our practice to include detailed descriptions in billing statements to keep you up to date. Scheduled meeting times include time specifically set aside for you to ask legal questions. We suggest you jot notes as you think of items for which you need clarification; notepads are always available for your convenience. You are also welcome to call Susan, our Client Liaison Director, at no charge, for a status update. Susan is not an attorney, so if your question is legal in nature, she will pass your question on to Robert.

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What is your approach or philosophy to winning or representing a legal matter?

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I tailor my approach to the matter at hand as well as the situation. I can be as aggressive or agreeable as need be. But in all situations I am thorough and clear and maintain focused on the best interests of my clients.