Fees & Billing
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 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 workers' compensation and personal injury cases.
We charge on the basis of time spent on the case. 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 pre-pay expenses, but clients will be asked to these reimburse expenses. Examples of expenses include, but are not limited to, recording fees for real estate matters, cost to obtain medical records for personal injury cases, fees associated with independent medical exams in workers' compensation claims, etc. Addition examples include 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.