Frequently asked questions
+ Why should anybody consult an attorney?
Attorneys like myself have undergone rigorous training. If you tell us an issue that you are facing, our brains get right to work: We analyze your story and decide which rules, provisions and case law would be applicable to your specific problem. Depending on when you came to see me, I will be able to warn you of potential risks in advance and give recommendations on how you can avoid them. If you should come to see me once you have already run into a problem, I can guide you on how to solve this unpleasant situation. This could be by sending a strong-worded letter in which I highlight your arguments. I will also accompany you to a meeting with your “opponent” in order to negotiate the best possible outcome for you. Or if necessary, I can file claims for you in court or defend your position before public authorities. In any case, I strive to be your trusted advisor, so that you can make optimal decisions for your future.
+ CAN ATTORNEYS GIVE ME A YES/NO ANSWER?
Law is a reflection of the rules that we accept as a society. As our modern life is very diverse, the legal problems that you may be facing can also be very complex. If we get to talk about your situation in greater detail, and provided that your question is very clear, I may be able to give you a straighter answer. In some cases this could even be a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’. In other cases, however, I will have to give you a longer explanation or provide an overview of the different options so that you can decide which route you want to explore further. After all, I want you to really understand what you are dealing with and to be comfortable with taking the next steps.
+ HOW MUCH DO THE SERVICES OF AN ATTORNEY COST?
This really depends on how complex the issue is that you need fixed. Often, the first meeting with an attorney is free of charge. Many attorneys such as myself operate on the basis of an hourly fee. Taking into account the specialties of your case, I may be able to give you a cost estimation on the necessary work and time I would anticipate. Transparency is very important to me. Throughout my handling of your case, I will provide you with detailed accounts on what I did for you and how much time it took me.
You can also reduce potential legal costs yourself by already ‘doing your part’: This means going through your file cabinets and email inboxes and putting together all information that you consider pertinent to your case. Such information could be contracts, correspondence, receipts, memorandums of understanding, notes of telephone conversations, screenshots, copies of your personal documents, sketches, even relevant diary entries. Also think about the names and contact details of people that might confirm your stories (and who might be willing to testify as witnesses for you in a possible court case). Also, try to provide all of this information to me in a structured manner. Otherwise, the time I will have to spend on extracting this information from you will also have to be reflected on your invoice.
+ WE ARE AN ALREADY ESTABLISHED BUSINESS - WHY SHOULD WE CONSIDER PATRICK KAINZ AS OUR ATTORNEY?
Throughout my career, I have continuously provided advice to companies, from small entities to large multinational corporations. I take great pride in adapting to the needs of every single entity and in developing solid strategies with the different stakeholders. It is fascinating for me to learn about the inner workings of businesses in different industries and to customize my advice to their specific needs. Whether it is a small entity facing a deal gone sour for the first time, or an international company seeking to roll out a comprehensive policy in all its locations worldwide, I am there to put my experience to work for you.
+ WE ARE A STARTUP - WHY SHOULD WE CONSIDER PATRICK KAINZ AS OUR ATTORNEY?
I personally believe that you can give the best advice when you have experienced something yourself. Not only have I provided legal advice to startups in the past but I am also the founder of my own law firm and establishing a startup in the culinary field together with some friends. This gives me insights into which steps entrepreneurs who are just starting up need to be aware of. I will make this knowledge available to you so that you will steer your ship in the right direction from the start. Rather than trying to sell you a “one size fits all startups” - package that contains many topics that may not even apply to your specific needs, I can gladly offer you tailor made advice on individual areas for you to choose from. This will allow you to keep the costs in check, which as we all know is vital when you are taking your first steps into the business world.
+ WILL ATTORNEYS REALLY KEEP MY INFORMATION CONFIDENTIAL?
As attorney, I am sworn to keeping my clients’ information secret. As you can rely on my confidentiality, you can speak to me openly about your issues. In keeping with applicable rules, the attorney-client privilege allows me to refuse giving answers when law enforcement agencies demand that I reveal your confidential information. Any documents and data that you share with me will be kept safe in accordance with regulations on trade secrets, data protection and the rules governing the work of attorneys. I will also make sure that my employees and any service providers that I use (e.g. accountants, IT providers, translators) will also keep data that I need to share with them strictly confidential.
+ What does the name 'Onyemaechi' mean?
My middle name Onyemaechi (sounds similar to "Oh-yeah-my-gee") loosely translates into "Nobody knows what the future will bring" in the language of the Igbo people, one of the largest ethnic groups in Nigeria. Still, I try to reduce uncertainty to the greatest extent possible when I give advice to my clients.