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    Default Should I have a 2A attorney on retainer? If so, how?

    I don't particularly foresee legal issues in my future. But, for the same reasons I've got auto insurance, homeowners insurance, life insurance, and firearms, I like to be prepared. People keep writing things like "...have an attorney on speed dial." Well, I don't really know any attorneys that deal with firearms usage or 2A issues where I live in Westchester.

    How much do attorney's usually require in an account in order to have them on retainer in the event that a phone call needs to be made urgently?

    If anyone can make recommendations, let me know.

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    Having a pro 2A attorney on speed dial is vastly different than having that attorney on retainer. A retainer implies that you're expecting to need his/her services one day. The reality of life for CCW is hopefully that we'll never, ever, EVER have to use an attorney's services. Without doing any research and please understand this is 100% conjecture, but I think that 99.9% of legal, permitted gun owners never discharge their weapon in any place other than a range or safe outdoor target practice session, during their entire life. If you believe that you might be the .1% that will need an attorney on retainer, you can certainly do so. I think just having the name and phone # of that 2A friendly attorney is all you need.

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    Quote Originally Posted by masterswimmer View Post
    If you believe that you might be the .1% that will need an attorney on retainer, you can certainly do so. I think just having the name and phone # of that 2A friendly attorney is all you need.
    I was thinking more about an attorney that I can call if I have issues with firearms permitting in the future or if my friendly neighborhood police or state police decided to come visit and "inspect" my firearms without a warrant. I'd like to be able to place a call and put "my attorney" on speakerphone with the police.

    If I should ever have to use a firearm outside of the range, that'll require a criminal defense attorney...which I also don't know how to contact. But, that is quite unlikely (as you've stated).
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    I've had the same concerns. How about Shooter if you're just looking for a great 2A attny? We all 'know' him. He's obviously pro 2A. He's accessible. And we actually know he makes a ton of phone calls I'd reach out to him to ask how you'd go about putting him in speed dial. You don't need him to be local to Westchester if all you're concerned about is putting him on the phone with the gestapo when they break down your front door.
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    Its my view that everyone should have a good attorney on retainer. Essentially, a retainer isn't a ton of money, unless we're talking about a high priced law firm. A good attorney, even if he can't handle a specific matter because he is specialized, is worth his weight in gold when it comes to dealing with the government on your behalf. Having him ready, willing, and able to make a phone call for you, come to the station house to represent you, and so on, can be invaluable. You can be referred to a specialist if your regular attorney can't handle something, but having him in your corner in the first place speaks volumes to "officials" who otherwise think most people are chumps with no rights.

    A retainer doesn't have to be a big fee if all you want is an attorney on standby in case the need arises. Free money in his pocket if you never have to make that phone call, so no burden on the attorney other than giving you his cell number, but piece of mind for you if you have that number on hand if the SHTF in a legal matter and legal fees for his time if it comes to that.

    Win/win in my view.
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