From: Kevin Harper
Re: Uncommon Legal Counsel
Although there were some traditional distinctions between the terms lawyer, attorney, and counselor at law, these distinctions have mostly disappeared in the United States. But I believe there is a difference between a lawyer or attorney and a legal counselor. In modern parlance, a lawyer or attorney is simply someone who is a licensed member of the legal profession who is authorized to represent a client in a legal matter. For better or worse, law schools have been pumping these out for decades and, for lack of a better cliché, they are a dime a dozen.
Less common, in my experience, is a legal counselor - meaning someone who is willing to discuss your case with you and help you understand your risks and options. When I founded Harper Law almost a decade ago I committed myself to create a practice where I would never pressure a client to bring a case that shouldn't be brought, even in some cases where the case might have legal merit. Instead, I understood that sometimes [often] the legal system is not the best way to resolve a dispute or handle a problem, even when the legal system might represent the best profit opportunity for the lawyer. In those cases, a lawyer who is willing to provide wise legal counsel provides a priceless service.
On the other hand, there are situations where the services of an attorney are absolutely necessary, and you deserve a capable representative to help you navigate an increasingly complex legal system.
Over the years my practice at Harper Law has evolved to focus on two of the things most important to most people's lives - Real Estate and Employment. The firm also handles civil Contract and Small Business matters, and in the event you have a problem that falls outside our experience or expertise, we're happy to help you find a lawyer who might be able to help. You can get more detailed information about the types of cases we handle on our Practice Areas page.
If you need to discuss your case with an attorney, either in person or over the telephone, we can usually schedule a consultation within 24-48 hours - sometimes less.
Depending on the facts and circumstances of your case, we may or may not be able to offer legal representation, but we can provide the information that you need to understand and address your legal situation, whatever it is. If your case does merit or require formal representation by an Arizona attorney, we'll discuss your goals and expectations, determine a recommended course of action, and explain exactly how much our legal services will cost.
At the end of the day, I can't guarantee any outcome, but I can assure you that we'll do everything possible to earn your your business and your lifelong friendship. We don't just want to be Arizona's Premier Legal Resource, we want to be your Arizona law firm of choice.