The disputes and legal issues that come up in life don’t always fit into defined categories. Sometimes it involves your child’s school, an employment contract, or a threatening letter you received and you aren’t sure what to do. Because these cases and disputes can be so different, we will need to talk to you first about your potential problem in order to quote you a fair fee for our services. In some cases, you might not need a lawyer at all, and we can provide you with the resources needed to fix your issues on your own.
It is our goal to be transparent and honest with you at every step along the way, and we can promise that there will be no hidden costs associated with our services. If it is a case that we can help with, we will charge one of these types of fees:
A flat fee is a one-time fee that is paid for our legal services. It is paid upfront before we start, and it pays for us to do a certain amount of legal work that we discuss, define, and agree upon before we start. If we have to buy or pay for something in order to build your case and prove what happened, those are costs and expenses are not included in the flat fee, and you would pay them separately.
Just like it sounds, an hourly fee is a fee where you pay per hour for our legal work. If we agree to do any hourly work for you, usually a small retainer is required up front to get us started, and then you will receive a bill (every month if it is over a period of time) that shows an itemized breakdown of the time we spend working on your case. In most cases, our hourly rate is $250.00 per hour, and we bill in 15 minute increments (meaning if we work for 1.5 hours that means your bill would be $250.00 x 1.5 = $375.00). If we have to buy or pay for something in order to build your case and prove what happened, those are costs and expenses are not included in the hourly fee, and you would pay them separately.
A contingency fee is a fee that is paid only if money is awarded in your case. If money is awarded, either through a settlement or verdict, our firm will get a percentage of the total amount that is recovered. Our contingency fee for most cases is 1/3 (or 33.3%). If we have to buy or pay for something in order to build your case and prove what happened, those are costs and expenses are not included in the contingency fee, and you would pay them separately.
Why we disclose our prices
We believe every part of this process — including our prices — should be open and transparent. It’s not a popular approach (most law firms don’t do it) and maybe some will consider it impolite, but we believe we can better help and serve your needs by establishing trust long before we even start on your case. If you have questions about our prices, please contact us.
Forms of payment accepted
We accept cash, checks, money orders, and credit cards. For your convenience, you can pay in person, by mail, or online. We also may be able to accept other forms of electronic payment (Venmo, PayPal, etc), which we can address in your individual case if you’re interested.