The following is for informational purposes only, and is not legal advice. Hire an attorney if you want legal advice.

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What you should know as a Litigant in Conciliation Court:
While some people unwisely come to Conciliation Court without first consulting with an attorney, we regard this as a critical mistake. Your case will be over in a few short minutes, and it will be just one of many cases that the Judge hears that day. The Judge and court staff are not there to advocate your position; only your attorney will. We have learned that Judges make their decisions based on complex legal rules and laws; not necessarily who is "right". No matter how knowledgeable you are, or how much you deserve to win, you risk losing your case without the help of an attorney. We have helped other people just like you turn this unpleasant experience into a personal and financial victory, and we can do the same for you.

To win, it is particularly important that you have the advice of a legal professional, and come to your hearing fully organized, informed and prepared. Our experience has shown that litigants who understand the law and present their cases effectively significantly improve their chances for success. Parties with weak cases often prevail in Court when they have secured legal advice. Increasingly, litigants on both sides are appearing in Conciliation Court with their own attorney, and so should you.

An attorney-client relationship exists only after both attorney and client sign a representation agreement.

This site is for informational purposes and is not legal advice. Hire an attorney for legal advice. Once you have hired us, we will provide you with advice, preparation and assistance, however we require payment for our services. We do not answer questions or provide legal advice until we have received payment.

If you chose not to hire us, and lose your case, there is a short period of time for you to file an appeal. In that event, we hope that you will contact us promptly to discuss representing you in your appeal in District Court.

The sooner you act, the more effectively we can assist you. As your hearing date approaches, our schedule will fill up with other clients, important deadlines might pass, and there will be less time to devote to your case. We urge you to take the first step to increase your chances of success, and contact Smith & Raver LLP today.

For an appearance-representation fee, we will stand beside you in Court, present your evidence, challenge your opponent's evidence and make arguments to the Judge on your behalf.

Or, for a consultation-only fee, we will advise you on how to represent yourself in Court. We will prepare you for your hearing and give you specific advice, suggestions and instructions to effectively present your case.

Our fees are subject to change from time-to-time, and we invite you to call to inquire. We arehappy to discuss our fee structures with you, and always provide our clients with a written fee agreement that clearly addresses this issue.

Whether you are a Plaintiff or Defendant in a Conciliation Court proceeding, Smith & Raver LLP offers representation at a flat fee, with two different options for you. If you hire us, we will equip you with professional legal advice, organize your evidence, refine your argument, and greatly increase your chances of a successful outcome. We offer you a choice of legal services to help you prevail in Court.

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