Fee Arrangements

 

We understand that clients are concerned about attorneys’ fees, and we pledge to work with you on a fee arrangement that makes sense for both of us.  Initial consultations are always free.


We currently offer the following alternative fee arrangements:


Fixed Hourly Rate


Under the hourly rate fee structure, we keep track of the time spent working on your matter. At the end of the month, we will send you an itemized bill that lists all of the legal services provided, the time spent completing each task, as well as any costs incurred on your behalf.


Flat Rate


Flat rate fees are common in simple transactional matters, such as the preparation of business contracts, wills/trusts, business formation and incorporation, and some real estate transactions. Generally, we will agree upon a flat rate for our legal services, and ask that you pay all or a portion of the fee before we begin any work.  We will also let you know in advance if you will be responsible for any expenses in addition to the flat rate.


Retainer


In certain situations, it may make sense to have us on retainer to be “on call” and available to you during the time period the retainer covers. Retainer fees are typically paid monthly, but can be paid quarterly or annually as well.  As legal work is completed on your behalf, time and/or money is deducted from the retainer fee.  Retainer fee arrangements can be structured in various ways.


Hybrid Fee


A hybrid fee structure allows a portion of your legal fees to be paid based on an agreed upon contingent fee (a percentage of any settlement or recovery), with the remainder of the legal fees to be paid at a reduced hourly rate. You will still be responsible for out-of-pocket expenses, such as filing fees, deposition costs, expert fees, and other trial expenses.


Contingency Fee


Contingency fee matters, based on a percentage of any settlement or recovery, will be considered on a case by case basis.


Forms of Payment


We accept personal checks, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover.

 

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