Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions About Consultations with Mr.Young
  • Why do I need a consultation?
    Answer: If you or your business have concerns or questions about a legal problem, pending law suit, or appeal or have concerns or doubts about your present or prior lawyer's handling of your matter, you should call Mr. Young for a consultation to review your case and make recommendations for your future course of action.

  • How is Mr. Young different from other lawyers?
    Answer: Mr. Young's goal is to make the law accessible and understandable to his clients. He understands that the law and legal system for handling legal matters, law suits, and appeals can be bewildering and mystifying. Unlike most attorneys, he wants you to understand the legal issues and process so that you can be fully informed and involved in the decision making and handling of your case.

  • How can a consultation help me?
    Answer: It is not unusual for clients to be frustrated with the handling of their cases: confused about why it is taking so long and not doing better; and at times, suspicious about what their lawyers are doing. Mr. Young wants to help you understand your case, get to the bottom of the legal issues, and ferret out existing or potential problems, including the possible mishandling of your case.

  • How does Mr. Young handle consultations?
    Answer: The typical consultation with Mr. Young takes up to 1-1/2 hours. In that time, he wants to understand your case, concerns, and goals. He will thus try to zero in on existing or potential problems and make sound and feasible suggestions. Where appropriate, Mr. Young may suggest several alternatives and explain the pros and cons of each.

  • What should I ask Mr. Young?
    Answer: Ideally, you should use the consultation to explain your factual and legal situation, including what you know about the status of your matter and any known deadlines and problems, and to tell Mr. Young what your concerns and goals are.

  • What should I bring to the consultation?
    Answer: Most legal matters involve paperwork of some kind, whether in the form of legal papers in a law suit, contract, lease, will, or other significant documents. Therefore, it is a good idea to bring those that are relevant to your case so that Mr. Young can review and comment on them. If you can't obtain them, it is still often a good idea to proceed with the consultation as delay may cause further problems. Frequently, Mr. Young will make suggestions that would include, where appropriate, how to obtain needed documents.

  • How long does the consultation take?
    Answer: The typical initial consultation takes between one and one-and-a-half hours. In his consultations, Mr. Young wants to get to know the client and understand what the legal issues are and, equally important, what the concerns and goals are, to clearly explain his opinion and recommendations, and to answer your questions.

  • Why is there a charge for the consultation?
    Answer: Because of the time it takes to understand the client's needs and problems, and make feasible recommendations, Mr. Young must charge a fee for his consultations. Often, however, the fee charged for the initial consultation is less than his usual hourly fee. Because of his extensive experience advising lawyers and clients, his ability to understand and simplify complicated situations and make sensible and feasible recommendations, the time spent with Mr. Young is well worth the time and cost.

  • What should I expect from the consultation?
    Answer: It is Mr. Young's goal that you leave the consultation with a clear understanding of the issues and handling of your case, and what your options are for moving forward.

  • Can I get a consultation without coming to Mr. Young's office?
    Answer: Because Mr. Young is concerned for his client's needs, when necessary, Mr. Young will attempt to work out arrangements whereby the client can have his consultation via mail, email, and/or phone. Typically, an arrangement can be made where you will first send Mr. Young copies of relevant documents, which would then be followed by a phone consultation or written recommendation. If needed, you should first call Mr. Young's office to work out the details.

  • What is the next step to obtain a consultation?
    Answer: To arrange for a consultation, you can email Mr. Young at, or call his office and speak to his assistant Leora Shulman or associate Laura Colatrella at 212.227.9755. In that initial call, for which there is no fee, you will be asked a few questions so that Mr. Young can determine if a consultation with him would be worthwhile and to advise you of his fees and schedule.

  • Is Mr. Young available to take my case after the initial consultation?
    Answer: During the consultation, Mr. Young wants to give you concrete recommendations for your case, and when appropriate, give you the opportunity to retain him to take your case, whether it is a new matter, on-going lawsuit, or appeal. Mr. Young will fully advise you of what is involved and what his legal fees are for taking the case.

  • Is Mr. Young available to work with my present attorney?
    Answer: As part of his practice, Mr. Young often consults with and works with attorneys who seek an experienced litigator or appellate advocate to handle difficult phases of their cases. Mr. Young welcomes the opportunity to work with competent attorneys who appreciate the benefit of brain-storming and team-work.