John Vaughan
Attorney at Law

Questions and Answers

What sets 417law apart?

At 417law, we want to provide a personal and practical touch to the process of hiring and working with a lawyer.  Our goal is to strip away the hurdles that often stand between a lawyer and client — things like unnecessary hourly billing, gatekeeper staff, and high overhead law offices — to create a experience that makes it more bearable to work with a lawyer.

Is 417law like most law firms?

Our dealings are not typical of the normal attorney-client relationship.  John Vaughan's law practice primarily consists of a laptop, a telephone, and document-drafting, transaction-management and relationship skills honed through years of work for clients like you.  Add to that:  John Vaughan has decades of experience working in a variety of settings, managing document-driven and transactional legal projects for clients and offering a service that most clients find refreshing compared to other lawyers in their past.

Do you offer online case management, online billing and online payment?

Many of our clients are tech-savvy and online, and they expect us to be the same. As such, most of our communication is managed through email and other online applications. Telephone is always fine as well, but text-based communications are used when most helpful for time efficiencies.

We offer clients access to an easy-to-use case management portal for easy access to documents, online billing and confidential communications.  

I have been sued or I want to sue someone.  Can 417law help?

417law is not a litigation firm.  While John has experience in courtroom practice, he rarely goes to court because he focuses in transactions, entities and documents.  He only wears a suits when necessary.  If you need a courtroom lawyer, John can help you find one to suit your litigation needs, or he can manage one on your behalf.  Unfortunately, John cannot guarantee any other lawyer's work will meet your needs.

Can I drop by your office to get started?

417law does not have a standalone office. There is no office, so there is no receptionist and no great view.  That distinction can save you money due to our lower cost of overhead expenses. Due to daytime commitments, much of the work John does is performed remotely for clients after normal business hours.  John can also be available during the daytime by appointment.

If you're ready to hire John without an in-person meet and greet, there is no specific need to meet in person.   John is happy to develop our attorney-client relationship online.  Email to john@417law.com or text/call (417) 459-4749.  If you don't immediately reach John, give him enough information to know what kind of services you are needing, and he will get back in touch with you.

John can also make time to meet in person for those who prefer face-to-face relationships.  Most initial client discussions are online or over the phone.  In person meetings are usually at a quiet, private place, over lunch or coffee, or after hours at a client's house or office.  

I hate lawyer billing.  How do you do billing differently?

Most billing is flat-fee, project-based billing.  John does his best to quote fees and billing arrangements up front to give clients clear expectations.  

Occasionally, John will bill based on a hourly rate on projects that are difficult to define upfront, but he does our best to limit hourly billing.  When he does bill hourly, he works to keep his efforts efficient and his billing affordable.  John does his best to meet your legal needs, to assist you in meeting your goals and in moving things forward on your behalf at a reasonable price.

John rarely bills you if you just call/email and ask a simple, legal question.  He believes that clients need help and need answers, and John does not want clients who are afraid to call their lawyer to ask for advice. Billing typically only begins if John has to go research your question further and in-depth or if John starts working on a project or transaction that arises out of your question, and even then, he will do his best to give you an idea of costs before he starts.

John rarely requests retainers, but on project-based flat-fee billing, he prefers payment of half upfront and half upon completion of the project.  From experience over time, that form of flat-fee billing tends to keep everyone motivated to stay engaged.