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At the law offices of Zegarelli Associates, we are
very proud of our clientele, and we are delighted that you have
chosen us to provide your legal representation.
We are determined to provide you with the very best
legal services. To that end, first and foremost, we reiterate our
1. Quality. To provide you with the
highest quality legal services. To provide legal services by
taking advantage of the latest laws and technologies.
2. Responsiveness. To be responsive to
your needs and deadlines. To be prompt in returning phone calls.
To implement your suggestions for improving our service.
3. Personability. To be personable, so
that you enjoy your relationship with the members of the firm. In
a subtle way, to let you know that we appreciate the
responsibility with which you have entrusted us, and to let you
know we care about solving your legal issues.
4. Value. To provide the legal services
that you need in a cost-effective manner, and with due
consideration for your budget.
If our responsiveness was not quite as prompt in
December, we apologize. In addition to our usual activities, we
were negotiating and implementing our entire office growth
strategy (see related story, following). We believe that our time
was well-invested and it will allow us to serve our clients
more efficiently and effectively in the long-term future.
We never forget that we work for youplease share
with us your thoughts and ideas about how we can (always) improve
(BUT, ONE FLOOR
In December 29, 1993, Zegarelli Associates expanded
and relocated its Pittsburgh office to the 11th floor of the
Allegheny Building. We negotiated a superb lease for
approximately 2,000 square feetwhich is more than double
our former size. Please mark your records as follows:
Zegarelli Associates Professional Corporation
Allegheny Building, Eleventh Floor
429 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15219-1616
Of course, we are having all mail forwarded from the
1208 Allegheny Building address; therefore, there should not be
any difficulty with corresponding during the transition. We have
retained all of our telephone numbers.
We will be moving into our fifth year of existence
during 1994, and we sincerely thank you for your confidence in
our services. Many of our clients have commented that we have
grown from a new, startup law office into an aggressive,
established law office. We hope that statement is true, and will
continue to be so.
In addition to the growth of the
office, we have now revamped our computer system. For clients
that transmit documents to us electronically, we are now on the
following software platform:
Windows for Workgroups, 3.11
WordPerfect 6.0 for Windows
Paradox 4.5 for Windows
Quattro Pro 4.5 for Windows
Excellent suggestions from our clients have allowed us
to be at the forefront of law office technology.
We remain committed to serving you with high quality
legal services at an affordable cost.
We are pleased to continue to
provide legal services at an hourly rate which remains extremely
cost-effective. The standard attorney hourly rate is $125 per
hour, with the Legal Coordinator rate at $65 and legal assistants
at $45. In addition, we continue to offer retainer-based
relationships which can provide an even greater savings for legal
services, if services are needed on a more consistent basis. With
regard to payment methods, we accept all major credit cards at no
additional cost to our clients, and we continue to establish
tailored payment plans.
AREAS OF SERVICE
Zegarelli Associates conducts a diverse general
practice of law in a variety of areas, but concentrates in
transaction-oriented legal issues. For example,
Zegarelli Associates concentrates in:
The avant-garde areas of law, such as computer
law, copyright law, media and advertising law, trademark law,
trade secrets, and commercial transactions.
Business representation, including corporations
and proprietorships, formations, mergers and acquisitions,
financings, franchising, and employment issues.
General practice and commercial litigation. Real
estate issues, such as closings on the purchase of commercial and
residential real estate. Drafting and review of leases. Estate
issues, such as drafting wills and the administration of estates.
To best serve you, we retain specialty counsel to
assist you with your legal needs relating to criminal law,
personal injury law, and child custody law. Retaining specialty
counsel permits us to concentrate on the transactional aspects of
We are pleased that referrals from clients have been
our greatest source of new client relationships.
PLAIN MEANING LAW
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania General Assembly
recently passed a law entitled the "Plain Language Consumer
Contract Act." Basically, the law is a consumer protection
law which creates linguistic and formal standards for
consumer-related contracts. Sound good? Just what we needed?
Maybe, it depends upon your circumstances.
Generally, if you are a consumer, and you are not a business
owner or a person responsible for compliance, the law is probably
favorable to you. In short, it gives you more causes with which
to initiate a lawsuit. Otherwise, this law can have a very
serious impact on your business policies.
In short, the law is intended to be read liberally for the
benefit of consumers, and it is generally full of vague
standards. For example, the law provides: "The contract
should use short words." In addition, there are visual
guidelines. For example, "The contract should have type
size, line length, column width, margins and spacing . . . that
make the contract easy to read." Easy for whom?
The law should provide objective standards, but, for example,
would a sophisticated consumer have a more difficult time
obtaining the benefit of the law than an unsophisticated
consumer? If so, then how does a business, trying to mass-produce
a business procedure with a standard contract, calculate its risk
in advance so as to properly price its products and services?
And, generally, insurance policies disclaim coverage for these
types of claims.
These are certainly questions that the law offices of
Zegarelli Associates Professional Corporation will be active in
As a result of the new law, the firm is suggesting that
our clients contact
us, as soon as possible, with regard to having
us review and revise their standard agreements.
One of the most interesting services that we offer is
the ability to perform preliminary computerized trademark
research in the officegenerally for less than $50 per search. Because we have
the technological ability to perform this research in the office,
we can often save you hundreds of dollars. Before you use a new
business, product or service name, consider having us perform
this research. You not only save considerably on our in-house
search costs, but the search information could save you
thousandsif not hundreds of thousandsof dollars
To ensure that we provide you with the proper
protection for performing legal services, we have developed an
in-house software package to track the schedule of your various
due dates and filing deadlines. For example, a state filing this
year may require a renewal filing in the year 2010. A
"docket" is basically a legal term for a schedule of
deadlines. If you need a copy of your docket at any time, please
let us know.
As always, please call
us if you have any questions or if we can be of assistance to
you in any way.
Contact us today! Our firm can assist
you with understanding and applying the law to your particular situation.
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