The fees that my firm charges depends on the type of case you need legal services for and how complex and time consuming your case will be. My firm charges based on a set fees, hourly rates, contingency fees and a hybrid contingency fee/hourly rate.
If you have a personal injury case, worker’s compensation claim, civil rights, social security claim, a plaintiff’s employment law claim and most insurance claims, I generally do not charge a fee unless you collect money through a settlement or a jury verdict in your favor. Rather, I charge a percentage of the total recovery. The percentages I charge usually depends on several factors: (1) the complexity of your case; (2) whether or not the case can be settled prior to a lawsuit being filed; (3) if the filing of a lawsuit is needed; and (4) if your case is settled or has to be tried in front of a jury.
If you have a personal injury case, worker’s compensation, civil rights, social security claim, a plaintiff’s employment law claim and most insurance claims, I do not charge for the initial consultation and it is FREE. However, my policy is to discuss your case with you on the phone prior to scheduling an appointment. For all other types of legal matters, I charge a minimum $100.00 fee for a thirty (30) minute consultation. If the consult goes over 30 minutes, I charge my customary hourly rate. However, if you decide to hire me and retain my services, I credit the consultation fee towards your legal fees. This is true whether or not you hire me the same day as our first meeting or the next week, month or year. Therefore, the initial consultation is FREE if you hire my firm on your case.
A flat fee is a fee in which the client is charged a set fee. Flat fees are used when the amount of time that myself and my staff will expend on your case are known from the outset of your case. Certain cases, which include, but are not limited to, Uncontested Divorces, Criminal Plea Bargains, Formation of LLC’s and Corporations, Drafting Wills, Municipal Court appearances, preparation of deeds, Chapter Seven (7) Bankruptcy, etc., are charged on a flat fee basis.
MINIMUM FEE / HOURLY RATES
Some types of cases cannot be estimated as far as the amount of time that will be spent on your case. Examples would be civil litigation, Chapter Thirteen (13) Debtor’s Court cases, Contested Divorces, Petitions for Rule Nisi, Divorce Modifications, and Criminal Jury Trials. In these case, I charge a minimum fee to get started on your case. This is not a retainer fee and I do not work off of retainers. In addition to charging the initial minimum fee, I sometimes request additional funds to be deposited in to the Trust Fund Account to be used for costs, expenses and future fees. As your case proceeds, if your hourly charges exceed the minimum fee, you are the required to pay the amount due at that time plus deposit additional money in to the trust fund to pay for future fees and expenses.