At Whalley Law Offices, we understand that for most of you, this may be your first interaction with an attorney and our legal system. Very seldom does the need for our services come at a moment when you plan for it. Accordingly, we make every effort to ensure you are comfortable with both our attorney-client relationship and the matter we are handling for you. Every client is unique, as are his or her needs. We make every effort to tailor our representation to your unique circumstances.
Without a doubt, our most valuable asset is our people. Effective use of talented, trained and highly skilled office staff allows for the provision of quality service at an economical price. A lawyer's stock in trade is his or her time. The dedicated efforts of Deborah and LeeAnne allow Chris to minimize the time (and, thus, the fee) spent on many cases. The very nature of litigation and legal representation often makes it impossible to predict what our overall fee may be for a particular matter. Rest assured that, to the greatest extent possible, we will provide our best estimate for services and costs in your particular matter. Should circumstances change this estimate, we will promptly discuss this change with you. Part of properly representing a client is balancing the potential costs of a matter with the potential benefit (and likelihood) of a favorable outcome. In short, we are committed to speaking plainly when it comes to recommending a course of action, including the cost to our clients.
To the greatest extent possible, we offer flat fee alternatives to our clients. Please click on the respective areas of practice listed on our home page for details on flat fees. Where it is simply not possible to accurately forecast a flat fee, our hourly rates for services will govern your cost. Attorney time is billed at $140.00 per hour. Paralegal and Legal Assistant time is billed at $70.00 per hour. Again, effectively using skilled office staff can result in significant savings to our clients. All these details of our attorney-client relationship are set forth plainly in our fee agreement that we execute with every new client. After all, good business makes good friends.
Most of all, be comfortable with your attorney-client relationship. It is a very special one. It is always our privilege to assist a client, no matter what the matter. Despite the often adverse circumstances that may surround your particular case, you should enjoy your relationship with your attorney and his or her staff. Just as with personal relationships, there's an attorney out there that's right for you. Make sure you find him or her. Needless to say, we do hope you find your perfect match with our office.
After six years of active duty, Chris returned to school full time, earning his Juris Doctor from Western New England College School of Law in 1991. He was admitted to the Maine State and Federal Bars in September, 1991. Chris was associated with Blaisdell & Blaisdell in Ellsworth from 1991 until he opened his own practice in June, 1994. His professional affiliations include his charter membership in the John Waldo Ballou Chapter of the American Inns of Court in Bangor.
Chris has kept close to his Navy roots as a drilling reservist. Since leaving active duty, he served aboard USS Valdez (FF 1096) at Newport, Rhode Island, with the Supervisor of Shipbuilding at Bath, Maine and, most recently, with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Twenty-Seven at Brunswick. Maine. After his promotion to Commander in April, 1998, he reported to Naval Reserve Center, Bangor as Commanding Officer, NR VTU 0102. In June 2005, Chris was transferred to the Individual Ready Reserve.
The Whalley family includes wife Deborah and their four children: Maureen (19); Michael (13); Patrick (10); and Brian (7). Chris and his family are active members of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and a number of local community and nonprofit projects, including: Friends of Union River; Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce; Cub Scout Pack 86; Boy Scout Troop 86; and the Ellsworth Harbor Commission. He has served as a Pack 86 Cub Scout Den Leader since 1999.
Chris is a member of: the Maine State Bar Association (Public Affairs Committee); Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; Naval Reserve Association; Fleet Reserve Association; and U.S. Naval Institute. He also serves as a U. S. Naval Academy Information Officer (informally known as "Blue and Gold" officers), where he provides a point of contact for area students desiring appointment to the U. S. Naval Academy. He is also a member of Senator Olympia Snowe’s Service Academy Selection Board, responsible for Senator Snowe’s annual selection of nominees to the four service academies. Chris has served as a volunteer member of the Board of Trustees for Maine Coast Memorial Hospital since his election in September 1999. He has also volunteered as a member of the Board of Directors for the Hancock County Child Development Services since 1998.