Three Galleria Tower
13155 Noel Road, Suite 1000
Dallas TX 75240
Yes, by phone or in person. Face-to-face is preferred: clients need to be comfortable with the person they hire.
For family law and litigation matters, the Law Office of Susan E. Duesler does not offer flat-fee services. For the preparation of certain types of documents, there may be a flat fee. These vary in price, but are more than reasonable. Susan is very up-front about pricing in her consultations.
$225-250, generally. However, each client is different, so a different rate may be appropriate under certain circumstances.
Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
After hour appointments available by request on a limited basis.
I practice in family law because of the personal nature of the cases. I enjoy helping people. While litigation can often help someone, the personal contact and impact is not there as much as it is in family law.
I encourage clients to educate themselves so that they can better understand the ways in which they can curb the costs of their legal needs. However, there is a difference between educating themselves and becoming experts. One cannot become an expert on a legal issue by searching online. There is simply no guarantee as to the accuracy of online information. Further, each state has its own respective laws on nearly every issue that varies state to state. Those laws frequently change or are amended. Therefore, while I encourage clients to educate themselves, clients must be open to the advice that their attorney gives to them, rather than insisting upon supposed shortcuts found on the internet.
Absolutely. I frequently review documents that are prepared by clients, as well as documents prepared for clients by other sources.
No. The reason for this is that most people who want to represent themselves are not looking for coaching. They are looking for validation. In my experience, if they wanted help and were willing to pay for that assistance, they would have hired an attorney to represent them in the first place.
That being said, I usually work with my clients to figure out ways that they can contribute to the case, which will also reduce some of the costs associated with their case.
For all family law cases that are set for trial, the Court typically requires mediation. In those cases, either we go to mediation, or we settle prior to mediation. If the case is not settled at mediation, then trial is necessary.
In cases that involve children, the best thing to do for the children and for the parents, is to work towards some sort of agreement (and there are many ways to do so), if possible. However, understanding that is not possible in every case, Susan and her clients prepare both ways - towards settlement and towards trial.
Susan is trained in collaborative law, as well. Please schedule an appointment to discuss the process and feasibility of the process for your specific case.
It is absolutely my policy to make things as cost-effective for the client as possible. I have support staff with lower rates than my own; as much is given to them as possible. However, there is some legal work that I do not feel can be prepared by a non-attorney, ethically. There are too many nuances in family law to allow someone who has not been specifically trained, over a course of years, to be able to recognize certain issues.
There are certain clients who insist on speaking directly to me each and every time the call. While this is not the most cost-effective process for the client, it is certainly something that is allowed, within reason. I personally handle each and every case that comes through the door, anyway, including the final order and reviewing of any material prepared by support staff.
Schedule a meeting with Susan. She is very up-front and realistic, and will not only tell you what you want to hear.
I enjoy finding an approach for each individual case. Not every case is the same, and there may be a creative solution that works best for not only my client, but for all parties.
I firmly believe that if there is a child (or children) involved in a case, the very first thing you have to do is make it as amicable as possible for the child(ren). This means the lawyer and client must be smart, if the other side is unwilling to cooperate or does not have the child's best interest in mind.
Solo Practice, Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas
Wise Asset Management, L.L.C., North Richland Hills/Fort Worth, Texas - Assistant General Counsel
Tarrant County District Attorney's Office, Fort Worth, Texas - Felony trial experience; prepared for and argued at motion hearings; indicted cases and prepared for trials
United States Attorney's Office, Waco, Texas - Law Clerk
McAfee & McAfee, Attorneys at Law, Memphis, Tennessee - Law Clerk
Hon. Larry Gist, Senior District Judge, Jefferson County, Texas - Intern
Hon. Earl S. Hines, U.S. Magistrate Judge, Eastern District of Texas - Intern
Everything I do makes me a better attorney. My past experience and education has propelled me to be the attorney I am today. This trend continues with every new case I work on, every new person I meet, and every one of my actions. I always can learn something that might help me assist a client in the future.
Style: I am both laid-back and aggressive. I enjoy maintaining a somewhat laid-back approach to my daily life as it reduces stress. Similarly, if a case can be resolved by non-aggressive cooperation, I will pursue that option prior to taking a hard stance. I do not believe in creating or maintaining antagonism if it isn't needed. If a case or client needs it, I am able to be an aggressive and effective advocate.
Strengths: Hands-down, my work ethic is my greatest strength. I will work until I find the answer or solution, and will work harder to bring about that result.
Aside from my work and the areas of law in which I work, I enjoy spending time with my family. I am also an avid college football fan.
Double-Major in Political Science and History.
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