How much do your services cost?
It really depends on what type of case you have.
If you’re here because you’ve been charged with a crime, we bill for our services on a flat-fee basis. In other words, we don’t bill by the hour in criminal-defense cases. Whether you decide to make a deal or to go to trial, you won’t be subjected to hourly billing and you’ll know exactly how much our representation costs before the bill comes in the mail. As to how much our services cost for your particular case, it depends on a variety of factors and we can’t give a price over the internet (or phone, fax, or email). When you meet with us, you’ll leave knowing exactly how much our services will cost to represent you in your criminal case.
If you’re here because you were involved in a car, truck, motorcycle or other vehicular accident, we’ll represent you based on a contingency-fee agreement. In other words, if you win, we get paid for our time (basically); if you don’t win, you don’t owe us at the end. When you meet with us, we’ll explain all of this in further detail.
If you’re here because you want to sue someone or you’re being sued by someone (for example, you’re suing the contractor because of a problem with your house), we bill for our services on an hourly basis. The total cost here is determined by a variety of factors. For example, your final bill depends on the amount of time we spend on your case, the amount of money at stake, which court(s) you want us to represent you, etc. We typically ask for a “Retainer” up front before we begin working on your case. With that being said, we may agree to represent you on a contingency-fee basis, but, generally speaking, that’s an exception, not the general rule, and is entirely our decision what we want to do.
If you’re here because you want us to prepare specific documents, we bill for our services on a flat-fee basis here, too. It just depends on what you want, how quickly, and how much work goes into the document. When you meet with us, we’ll explain all of this at that time, too.
Finally, occasionally, clients come in and give us a unique legal situation or request for legal services. In that event, we don’t know how much it’ll cost because we don’t know what it is that you want nor how long it’ll take, among other things. In that event, it depends. When you meet with us, we’ll talk about all of this with you.
What is a “Retainer”?
A “Retainer” is an amount of money deposited with us before we begin working on your case. Typically, retainers occur when we represent clients in civil lawsuits and bill by the hour. Your money sits in our trust account and, as we do work on your case and bill for our work, we subtract it from your retainer. If your Retainer has money left over after we’re done helping you, you get the excess back. If we bill more time than what your retainer deposit was, then you deposit more money and we continue working.
So wait, can I get a price quote? Do you haggle on prices? Do you offer discounts?
No, no, and no. We don’t give “price quotes” over the phone, email, fax, or any other way. We don’t haggle on prices. We don’t offer discounts.
“But how much do you charge?” Probably more than someone who quotes prices over the phone. We help people who are in serious trouble, need serious help, and take their issues seriously.
We’re busy either helping clients or improving our skills so as to provide even better help for our clients.
If you’re not serious about your case, if you want to kick the tires and find the cheapest lawyer, please look elsewhere.
Our clients deserve for us to not waste our valuable time with window shoppers.
Do you have payment plans?
We may. It depends on a variety of factors, but, even if we do decide to offer a payment plan in your case, we still require a significant percentage up front.