It’s vitally important that you are confident in your attorney’s abilities, that they can communicate effectively with you about your options, and that you can trust them to be honest with you. That said, you have to be able to afford their services, too. We strive very hard to make sure our rates are competitive for the services we provide among the firms in the area.
We also make sure to treat each case individually. Every case has unique defenses, clients, and other circumstances that go in to how much time the attorney will spend on the matter. There are a number of ways an attorney spends their time on a case: in research, in negotiation, in communication with clients and other parties, waiting in court, and in trial, among others.
Notice that not every moment spent on a case is immediately obvious to clients. Make no mistake: what attorneys are in the business of selling is their time. We have unique education and expertise, certainly, but there is no means by which the value of those things can be measured. Additionally, every attorney is expected to have a certain level of education and expertise. In the end, what we sell is our time. And there are a number of ways to quote a fee for our services.
Many large firms will require payment of a retainer, essentially a large deposit, against which they bill their hourly rate, which could be anywhere from $100 to $350 an hour. When they get close to exhausting the retainer, the client must make another payment. Many retainer agreements contain a non-refundable component. That is, some portion is deemed earned on Day 1, regardless of the time spent on the case.
Then there is the contingency fee, popular among personal injury attorneys, in which a plaintiff’s attorney only collects a fee as a percentage of an award or settlement, but collects no fee if the plaintiff does not prevail. Percentages usually range from 25% to 40% of the ultimately award. Note: even in contingency fee agreements, clients usually are responsible for their case’s costs in addition to the percentage; these include filing and service fees and other costs of bringing the case.
Increasingly used among smaller firms, and my personal favorite, is the flat fee. After consulting with a client and getting a sense of the case, the attorney quotes a flat fee based on an estimation of the time and expertise a case requires. This lets everyone know up front how much the legal fees in the case will be. There are no surprises, no conflicts arising in mid-case because additional fees have to be paid, and very often, if the case goes to trial, the client comes out ahead.
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If you’d like to know how much we charge for our services, please contact me. Some of our standard fees can be found below.
STANDARD FEES IN CERTAIN TRAFFIC CASES
- Speeding (20 mph over the limit or less): $125
- Stop Sign/Red Light: $125
- Collision infractions (unsafe movement, unsafe passing, failure to see before starting/stopping/turning, etc) w/ insurance letter of settled claims: $75
WE WILL HAPPILY CONSIDER MATCHING ANY OTHER FEE QUOTE YOU RECEIVE