It is true that legal fees can, from the average person’s perspective, be considered expensive. In most cases, not hiring a competent attorney proves to be far more expensive. Making even one mistake in a legal matter can have devastating consequences. You must live with what comes out of a legal battle. Don’t take chances, hire us. We offer a COMPLIMENTARY 30-MINUTE CONSULTATION.
All clients with hourly billing are required to provide a retainer. This is essentially a deposit from which our hours are billed and paid. For expenses that exceed the retainer funds, we may require additional “upfront” funds. We accept cash, checks, debit and credit cards. Please read below to learn more about fee types, payment options and billing for our legal services.
Explanation Of Fee Structures
Understand Different Types Of Legal Fees And Why You Might Be Charged A Particular Type
There are several types of fees and payment structures that may be used to cover attorney fees and related legal expenses. We will make every reasonable effort to work with our clients’ financial situation and ability to pay, although we must respect our need to receive fair compensation for our professional services. Remember, you get what you pay for in the legal services industry. Listed below are some of the payment options that we offer for our legal services.
Consultation Fee: We do not charge for an initial consultation time of 30 minutes. Additional time is billable.
Contingency Fee: A contingency fee, usually applicable to personal injury or wrongful death cases, is an arrangement through which we are paid a percentage of any amount awarded by the court. Our normal contingency fee is one-third, and is only for legal services. It does not cover third-party expenses such as expert witnesses, private investigators or similar services. For a contingency case that is lost, we may require payment for certain expenses.
Flat Fee: A set fee for a specific service. This is common for routine legal services where the costs are generally known. A common situation for flat-fee billing would be for handling a first-time misdemeanor DUI case.
Hourly Billing: For cases where the amount of time required to settle is very uncertain, we utilize an hourly billing system. The hourly billing system is fair to both the client and our firm as the client pays for only work done, and the firm is compensated for all work done by our attorneys and staff. Our hourly billing does not include third-party expenses such as expert witnesses, private investigators or similar services.
Retainer Fee: A retainer is essentially a “down payment” against which costs incurred are billed. A retainer is credited to the client’s account, and the cost for services rendered is deducted from that account each month. We also accept retainers to be “on call” for clients who need periodic, ongoing legal services.
Other Expenses: In some cases such as a divorce, there may be additional costs for private investigators, expert witnesses, forensic accountants and other professional services.