I understand that in today’s economy, every dollar counts, and I promise that your fee will be reasonable, based upon your needs and the law as follows:
RETAINER PLUS HOURLY FEE – The client pays an amount in advance to your lawyer and also agrees to replenish your retainer to pay for hours worked above the initial retainer amount. Your lawyer’s hourly rate is $300 per hour for his work for you.
CONTINGENCY FEE – The client and lawyer agree that he will receive a percentage of any recovery he obtains. If there is no recovery, your attorney receives no fee for his work.
COMBINATION FEE – An up-front paid retainer plus percentage to attorney for his work for you.
What do my fees pay for?
The primary purpose of your fee is to compensate your lawyer for his knowledge, experience, time and skill that he will utilize to represent you in your case or legal matter. Your lawyer has spent years in law school, and beyond law school, in continual learning and honing of his craft, in order to provide you with the best effort and representation when the need arises.
In addition, your attorney spent over $100K to attend law school, and additional sums to prepare for and study to pass the state bar exam. Once in practice, your lawyer has a myriad of expenses, both monthly and yearly, in order to properly serve his clients. Monthly expenses include office rent, payment to a paralegal or other staff, business telephones and internet, insurance, business cell phone, travel expenses for court, and others. Yearly expenses include various bar dues and membership fees for legal groups, law books and updates (one law book may cost $500 or more), office furniture, printer and copy machines, toner supplies, copy paper and various office supplies, business cards, brochures, trial exhibits and various media, advertising, postage and fed-ex, client file folders and supplies, marketing, holiday gifts and supplies, software programs, computers, etc. So, while $300 per hour may seem like a large fee to some of our clients, the reality is that a law firm must expend substantial monies in order to operate month to month and to provide a maximum benefit for each of our clients.
In the legal field, there are some lawyers who charge upwards of $1,000.00 or more per hour. So, as you can see, we have kept our hourly cost relatively low over the years. We charge a reasonable fee to our clients and seek to maximize the benefit each client obtains from our representation. And, finally, we believe that the lower, reasonable fees we charge will motivate our clients to return to us year after year in addition to referring their loved ones and friends to us as well.
Thank you for utilizing us to serve your legal needs.