Thomas Kakassy was born in Evanston, IL on August 13, 1955. He received his B.A. in 1977 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his J.D. in 1980 from Wake Forest University. Additionally, he is a member of the Gaston County and North Carolina Bar Associations, as well as the North Carolina State Bar.
Mr. Kakassy has more than 40 years of experience in the District and Superior Courts of North Carolina, the Court of Appeals, and in Federal District Court. He also has extensive experience in the Federal Fourth Circuit Appellate Court.
Amy Choate attended Miami Dade Community College and worked in the legal field for over 15 years, before moving to North Carolina from South Florida. She has been with the firm since 2008 and is experienced in bankruptcy, exemptions, estate proceedings, equitable distribution, real estate closings, litigation and domestic cases. She enjoys helping clients, loves nature, working in her yard, hiking and spending time with her family, friends and pets.
A retainer fee is an up-front fee paid to the attorney to "retain" the exclusive use of his services. In our office, this is usually a minimum fee paid at the beginning of the case, which secures our services in certain actions.
For example, if you have retained us in a domestic case, your retainer fee will be applied toward the initial file review as well as the actions taken at the beginning of the case: the filing of a complaint, other pleadings necessary to initial hearings in expedited child support, mediation referrals, and other matters of that sort.
To the extent that your case goes on beyond the initial hearing, there may be additional fees, and we will itemize later services performed.
We should have a written fee agreement. If you do not receive one for your review after the initial consultation, please ask and we will furnish one immediately.
Lawyers usually have 2 problems: they get a lot of calls, and they are usually not in the office during the day. The combination can often be frustrating for the clients. We provide many different ways to contact us:
Leave a message. We check our messages every 30 minutes or so. The easiest way to get a message to us is to leave a complete voicemail.
Amy will answer your call and she will be happy to help you and make an appointment for you.
Email us. For general questions, please be sure to send us an email to receive the quickest response.
Make an appointment. We do not accept walk-ins to be fair to our clients with appointments.