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What is a consultation?

Attorney Alan Phillips
     A consultation is a private meeting with an attorney, in person or over the phone, where the attorney:

1) Listens to your concerns,
2) Determines the legally relevant facts,
3) Explains what laws apply to those facts and how,
4) Evaluates your best options under the circumstances, and

5) Helps you devise a plan of action to help you achieve your goals. 

Why a consultation?

     There are few short-answer questions about vaccine legal exemptions. They can involve state and federal statutes, regulations, constitutions and legal precedent. Rights can vary--sometimes dramatically--with different facts, circumstances and geographic locations.

Relevant Concerns:

     As with other important legal matters, "what you don't know that you don't know" can get you into trouble with vaccine exemptions. See "An Introduction to the Law on Vaccine Religious Exemptions" for more insight.

     Attorneys who have not researched vaccine exemptions often speculate erroneously about it, so it is important to consult one knowledgeable in this specific area of the law. Also, many reputable Internet sites that have good information about vaccine health concerns have a mixture of accurate and inaccurate information about vaccine legal exemptions, even some of the more reputable ones, so make sure your information source is a reliable, authoritative one. Some people have
unnecessarily lost their exemption due to their reliance on information from the Internet. Even those people whose exemption claims are initially accepted may be at risk of a future challenge if they haven't strictly complied with the legal requirements.


Practical Considerations:

Attorney Phillips     Local officials often resist citizens' legitimate efforts to exercise lawful exemptions to immunizations, so it is important to know your legal rights, and to be prepared to assert them in a potentially hostile environment if necessary. You can wait to see if there's a problem and consult an attorney later if one comes up, but sometimes, that's too late. Fixing a problem after the fact can be more difficult and costly. Getting proper legal advice in advance can prevent many problems from happening in the first place, saving you a lot of time, money and frustration.



      The average attorney hourly rate in the U.S. is over $300! Despite being the only attorney in the country who does what I do, I charge less than the average attorney, as I want to help as many people as possible. Consultations can run anywhere from about 1/2 an hour to 3 hours or more, depending on the specific situation. If a Legal Opinion Letter, Affidavit, Legal Brief or Memorandum is needed, there is usually a separate charge for that. I also offer a discount for prospective clients who are in a state of true financial hardship. Contact Attorney Phillips for current information regarding your particular exemption concern.

     Please note that it is customary in the practice of law for payment to be required in advance, to avoid the need for attorneys to spend uncompensated time later collecting on past due fees for services already provided. Should the actual time billed be less than the amount of the advance fee paid, the unused portion of the advance fee is refunded. If initial advance fees run out before work is completed, additional advance fees may be required before work can continue.  


     To schedule a private, confidential in-person or telephone consultation, or to request other legal services, contact Attorney Phillips.


Consultation or E-Book?Vaccine Exemptions E-Book   
    The Authoritative Guide to Vaccine Legal Exemption e-book provides detailed insight into the many legal and practical components of vaccine exemptions in a wide variety of settings, and can help you assess if a consultation is appropriate for you. The e-book provides greater breadth and depth of the law than you will get in a consultation and makes a great reference source. However, a consultation provides you with an assessment of how the law applies to your specific situation, gives you the opportunity to ask questions and discuss potential courses of action and probable outcomes, and gives you the benefit of invaluable experience for the best wording of your exemption beliefs--detailed personalization that you can't get from a book.


law library stacksResearch and Writing

     In some situations, a letter, affidavit, legal memo or brief is needed. Letters and affidavits are usually provided for a flat fee equal to about one billable hour. Extra copies with minimal or no changes, often requested for additional family members or updates, are charged a smaller fee per copy. Legal briefs and memos are usually more extensive writings and are billed at an hourly rate. For current rates, please contact Attorney Phillips.

"WOW!!! I was blown away by what a GREAT memorandum you wrote . . .
I can't imagine a better memorandum could have been written!!!"

LK, November 2009
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