Frequently Asked Questions About Per Diem Services
As a lawyer, unpredictable demands on your time are a fact of life. When scheduling conflicts, fluctuating workloads and unexpected problems arise, per diem services are often the best solution. For those who are unfamiliar with how per diem services work, we have answered the questions we hear most often from first-time users of our services.
Question: How do I place an order? A: Call me or email me. I will respond ASAP and once the assignment is accepted, I will confirm with you. It is critical that I confirm the appearance with you or your office to be sure there is coverage.
Question: Do I need to submit instructions? A: Yes, that is a very good idea! In addition to the obvious, time, place, please give additional instructions such as parameters of settlement, or whether or not any additional discovery is needed. If I think something needs clarification, or if I need additional instructions, I will contact you in this regard.
Question: When can I expect an appearance report? Answer: Usually within 24 hours or less.
Question: Are there cancellation fees? If you cancel the day before the assignment, no. So, for example, if you call me at 1 p.m. to set up a deposition, and at 5 p.m. you call me to inform me the deposition has “busted” there is no fee. But if I actually send somebody to the deposition, only to find out it has “busted” there will be a bust fee. This is usually around 75% of the standard appearance fee.
Question: Do you have a policy of discounts for appearances? Answer: I have flexibility. If you send me to one single motion part for 5 or more pro forma motions, we can probably work out some type of discount. This is something we would have to discuss.
Question: What geographical locations do you cover? Answer: I cover all the major boroughs (NY, Bronx, Kings, Queens, Staten Island) plus adjoining Counties (Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Rockland, Orange, etc.)
Question: What types of cases do you take? Answer: The majority of the cases I take are either collection cases or personal injury. But I am happy to take anything really.
Question: Do you go yourself personally? Yes. And if I am not able to make it myself personally, I send one of my qualified legal staff counsel to appear.
Question: What are the fee arrangements? Answer: A standard appearance in one of the major boroughs is usually between $100.00 and $150.00, with flexibility. If I have to appear in one of the outer boroughs or counties, there is usually a surcharge of $50.00 plus travel expenses (again, fees are not written in stone, and I do have flexibility).
Question: Do I have to pay in advance for the services? Answer: No. Generally, you forward the assignment to my office, I forward you a report and a bill. Prompt payment is appreciated, but generally should be made within 30 days.
Question: How far in advance do I have to contact you to cover a case? Answer: Preferably at least a day in advance. However, in emergency situations, I will do my best in obtaining coverage, even if you call me at 9 a.m. the morning of the appearance.
Contact Us Now To Learn More About Our Per Diem Services
Contact attorney Ezra Greenberg at Greenberg Per Diem Services, for a free consultation to discuss our services by calling 347-983-0065 or filling out our online contact form. If you are not satisfied with our work, you will not have to pay us.