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Q: Will Jeff Grad serve as an arbitrator or expert in legal disputes?
A: Yes. Although The Grad Law Firm does not engage in litigation practice, Jeff has served both as an expert witness and arbitrator in various types of disputes involving real property law.
Q: Do you bill on an hourly or fixed fee basis?
A: To avoid any misunderstandings about billing and services, it is our Firm’s policy to have retainer agreements with our clients. We like to establish at the outset as to the services that we agree to provide and the fees that we will charge.
Our legal fees may be billed on an hourly, fixed fee, or combination of fixed and hourly basis, depending on the type of work and an agreement with the client. For work forming a condominium project, we will bill on a fixed fee basis. Our hourly rates vary and depend on type of work and who provides the service.
Q: Do you provide complimentary parking for clients?
A: Yes. Parking is available within the Davies Pacific Center (the building in which our Firm is located).
The entrance to the parking garage is on Alakea Street.
Q: Do you charge for an initial meeting with a client?
A: No, we do not charge for an initial consultation. An initial meeting may be held either in person or over the phone. From such consultation, we try to determine whether the client has a matter within our practice specialty and whether we wish to represent the client.
Q: What is your relationship with the real estate brokerage industry?
A: Jeff is a licensed real estate broker in the State of Hawaii and Jeremy is a licensed real estate salesperson in the State of Hawaii. Both Jeff and Jeremy are members of the National Association of Realtors, Hawaii Association of Realtors (“HAR”), and the Honolulu Board of Realtors.
Jeff served for many years as a member of the HAR Standard Forms Committee, the HAR Legislative Action Committee, and other subgroups and affiliates of HAR. However, unless we have a written agreement to provide brokerage services, we will not provide brokerage services in connection with real estate sales, leasing, or management.
Q: What is your relationship with title and escrow companies?
A: The Grad Law Firm does not regularly represent title and escrow companies. However, we are retained frequently by title and escrow companies to draft conveyance documents in connection with transactions in which the companies may serve as escrow agent or issue title policies.
Q: What is your relationship with Lyons, Brandt, Cook & Hiramatsu?
A: Our offices are located within the suite of offices of another law firm, Lyons, Brandt, Cook & Hiramatsu (“LBCH”). LBCH provides us with a number of services, such as the use of its library, conference rooms, and telephone and office reception. While we share representation of several clients and from time to time refer business to one another, we have no other formal relationship.
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