There are primarily three ways we charge clients for legal services: hourly rates, contingency fees and flat fees. We are clear in communicating to you what it will cost for us to litigate your case. We offer--in writing-a clear explanation of what you will be charged and what costs to expect.
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The first consultation "meeting" is free to potential clients.
Bring all documents. Make copies of all the documents you have collected regarding your case. Give these copies to the lawyer.
Get organized and take notes! Write down notes outlining your legal problem, or any questions you may have.
Be honest. It is very important that you give an honest account of your legal problem. This includes issues that may be sensitive to you or your family. Remember that the conversation your have with your lawyer is private, and cannot be discussed with others without your permission.
Talk about how much this will cost you. Your lawyer will be ready to discuss fees during your first meeting. You should be ready to do the same. It is perfectly okay to discuss payment plans with your lawyer. Get your agreement in writing and keep a copy for your file.
Flat fee billing creates opportunities for our firm to save our clients some money. With flat fees pricing is predictable. If an attorney quotes a client a specific flat fee for a task, and promises the client that that fee will not change for that engagement (even if the work proves more difficult or requires more time than anticipated), the client can now predict what his or her costs will be, and plan accordingly. A business client can now budget properly and control its costs. This model reinforces the “peace of mind” that the attorney-client relationship generates for the client in the first place.
Contingency fees are generally limited to personal injury types of cases or other matters of entitlement such as social security, worker's compensation, and civil rights matters. In these types of cases, there is some expectation that you will receive some financial award either by settlement or by judgment from a court or jury. However, in most cases, your financial award does not include your attorney's fees. You are responsible for paying your attorney's fees out of any financial recovery that you obtain.
We bill at a rate of $225/hr. and this structure is most utilized in civil cases. Generally, we bill for any work we do on your case including reviewing documents, talking to you, talking to witnesses, talking with the opposing party or attorney, responding to emails, preparing court documents, conducting legal research, meeting with you and representing you in mediation or in a trial or hearing at court.