714 Charges to Icons Forgiven
and Icon Fees for Charity

Family Law Lawyers Reno Sparks NV

Divorce Attorneys Nevada, Child Custody Spousal Support Lawyer, Men’s Fathers Rights Attorney

Attorney Marilyn D. York
Largest Exclusive Divorce Lawyers
Law Office in Reno Area. Men’s & Father’s Fathers’ Rights

548 California Ave, Reno, NV    Ph 775-324-7979     email:  chantel@marilynyork.net

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Charges to Icons Forgiven

Regardless of the reason a lawyer decides not to charge for an Icon, all details of handling the Icon formalities must be followed including but not limited to:

1.  Allowing the Business Staff to schedule the Icon, get the appropriate information, give the appropriate information, enter the person’s data into ML, run the semi-automated ML check for Conflicts, and setup ML data so the “ex” will be exposed as a conflict should that person ever try to schedule an Icon.

2.  The lawyer must make a New Charge in ML like the example below. Selecting the blue link “Courtesy No Charge” will add those words to the Notes and an explanation why there was a no-charge would be appreciated. Leave the Rate at “0.00”.  The “hr:min” time will not be credited to the lawyer’s billed hours for performance pay calculations.

From a legal and business standpoint, we must have permanent and complete records of every Icon.


Charity vs Credit for Icon fees returned to same-day new clients.

We have changed our Icon fee many times to help screen would-be clients, to stimulate gaining new clients, and to create a source of money for charity.
1.  Always giving a Credit for Init. con fees for new clients that hire us “same day” sends a positive message to all Icons but also instills that the Icon attorney and business staff do “closing statements” which are gentle but strongly effective in getting a quick decision out of wavering clients to hire us.  Such clients that can make a quick decision are likely to be the kind of clients we want.  Such legal seekers may have in mind waiting and doing an Icon with a competitor and this offers them a quick, easy, and positive way out – do it now and get it over with.
2.  Charging $300 or more is a very effective screen to keep cheapskates and nonserious people away.
3.  Letting Icons know that we give a chunk of this fee to charity sends another positive message to them about who we are and therefore is a good practice.
        a.  returning all of the $300 or more fees to the “same day” clients probably has a more positive influence on getting clients and therefore is a good idea, but
        b.  when we have an abundance of Icons, returning the $300 fees less $75 or even $100 to the “same day” clients probably has no significant downside.
Accumulated Charity money from Icons for 2021 was $20,000 but $27,000 was given away leaving our charity account with a $7,000 deficit.  As of 2/28/21, there was still a $4,000 deficit.  Can we:
1.  Retain $75 from all Icon fees including “same day” hiring ones starting soon?
2.  Retain $100 from each Icon fee instead of $75?
A generous charity Program while sort of letting Icons fund it seems like a very gallant practice.  In 2020, Marilyn’s generosity created down payments for Monica to buy two houses, one a home and one a rent back to NYEP graduates at low rates.  This year I hope she and I can help Emilio Parga of Solacetree.org to buy his own home.  Wouldn’t it be amazing to be able to do this every year or two?  I call this “helping the helpers” who are selfless and poor because of it; who are hard-working for little rewards.

Charities We Support

Nevada Youth Empowerment Project (NYEP) – http://nyep.org

Truckee Meadows Housing Solutions (TMHS)https:// truckeemeadowshousingsolutions .org/

Nevada Humane Societyhttps://nevadahumanesociety. org/

Good Shepherd Clothing Closethttp://www.gsccreno.org/

Res-quehttps://res-que.rescuegroups. org/

Lexie’s Gifthttps://www.lexiesgift.com/

Solace Treehttp://www.solacetree.org/

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