We provide the legal advice directly to the local government, not to MIABC or any other third party, and for each casual legal matter a legal services relationship, characterized by privilege and confidentiality, exists between the law firm and the local government. After a subscribing local government has paid the Casual Legal Advice fee to MIABC, there is no charge for the Casual Legal Advice.
Subscribing members are also entitled at NO EXTRA CHARGE to the following benefits:
- Annual Law Seminar: includes six hours of law workshops and lunch, no charge for Staff and elected officials of Casual Legal clients – dress casual!)
- Quarterly newsletters: March, June, September, December. For past editions and the Index go to our Publications page.
Every lawyer at Lidstone & Company provides Casual Legal Advice.
30 Minute Legal Services
After a subscribing local government has paid the Casual Legal Advice fee to MIABC there is no charge for the Casual Legal Advice, which is defined as legal advice services that are limited to 30 minutes and involve no legal research or preparation of documents.
Services Beyond 30 Minutes
If a Casual Legal Advice subscriber contacts Lidstone & Company in good faith for the 30 minute advice service by email or phone, but the matter takes longer than 30 minutes or requires preparation or review of documents (by mutual agreement of the subscriber and law firm), then the subscriber is entitled to a discounted hourly rate, billed to the subscriber, for the continued legal service (exclusive of applicable taxes).