Fees and Billing Practices
Do not hesitate to ask us about fees when you meet with an attorney. We deal with these questions daily and are happy to answer your questions and address your concerns. Our fees are structured to make our services accessible to anyone in need of our legal services.
We generally charge in the following ways:
We charge a percentage of the recovery, either by settlement or at trial. The most typical amount is 33 1/3% of the recovery. Contingent fees are typically applied to an auto accident cases.
We charge on the basis of time spent on the case. Divorces, business disputes, and real estate cases are examples of cases in which an hourly fee would apply.
We charge a flat fee for our service. Typical cases with flat fees are wills, deeds and powers of attorney.
It is not uncommon for fees to be a combination of the above. We may also require a retainer or deposit of funds to be applied to fees, this may vary from case to case.
It’s important to remember that attorney fees and expenses are different. Expenses are cash advances and other costs incurred while handling a matter for a client. Occasionally our office will pay the expenses in advance, but clients may be asked to pay some expenses such as recording fees in a real estate matter. For example, a $200 deposit which we must pay to a Clerk of Court to file a suit is considered an expense. The cost to access medical records (medical providers are allowed to charge a search fee, plus up to $1.00 per page for medical records) is considered an expense.