FEES & EXPENSES

 

Hourly Fee

I generally work on an hourly basis, plus expenses.  I bill monthly on one-minute increments (actual time) with no rounding.  In an appropriate case, I can work on installment payments or employ a sliding scale.  In all such situations, the hourly fee arrangement will be expressed in an engagement letter setting forth both the hourly rate and the scope of the services to be provided.

My rate will generally reflect my experience in the matter, but the rate for a given engagement is influenced by many factors.  In determining a reasonable fee for my services in appropriate matters I may not bill on a strictly hourly basis, but in that event I will consider the following, among other factors:

  1. The time and labor required.

  2. The novelty and difficulty of the questions involved.

  3. The skill requisite to perform the legal services properly.

  4. The likelihood that the acceptance of the particular employment will preclude other employment.

  5. The fee customarily charged in my locality for similar legal services.

  6. The time limitations imposed (by the client or by circumstances.)

  7. The nature and length of our professional relationship.

  8. The amount involved and the results obtained.

Whenever possible I will furnish an estimate of the fees and costs likely to be incurred in connection with a given matter based upon my professional judgment, but always with a clear understanding that it is not a maximum or fixed fee quotation.  The ultimate cost is of representation is often more or less than the amount originally estimated, for a variety of reasons. 

Hourly Fee

I generally work on an hourly basis, plus expenses, and I may require a deposit against fees and expenses.  I bill monthly on one-minute increments (actual time) with no rounding.  In an appropriate case, I can work on installment payments or employ a sliding scale.  In all such situations, the hourly fee arrangement will be expressed in an engagement letter setting forth both the hourly rate and the scope of the services to be provided.

My rate will generally reflect my experience in the matter, but the rate for a given engagement is influenced by many factors.  In determining a reasonable fee for my services in appropriate matters I may not bill on a strictly hourly basis, but in that event I will consider the following, among other factors:

  • The time and labor required.

  • The novelty and difficulty of the questions involved.

  • The skill requisite to perform the legal services properly.

  • The likelihood that the acceptance of the particular employment will preclude other employment.

  • The fee customarily charged in my locality for similar legal services.

  • The time limitations imposed (by the client or by circumstances.)

  • The nature and length of our professional relationship.

  • The amount involved and the results obtained.

Whenever possible I will furnish an estimate of the fees and costs likely to be incurred in connection with a given matter based upon my professional judgment, but always with a clear understanding that it is not a maximum or fixed fee quotation.  The ultimate cost is of representation is often more or less than the amount originally estimated, for a variety of reasons. 

 

Flat-fee

For bankruptcy and certain well-defined services, I may quote a fixed fee.   Defined services may include, for example, business incorporation, drafting a Medical or durable Power of Attorney, drafting a simple Will, or preparing a simple deed.  It is my policy not to accept representation on a fixed-fee basis except in such defined-services areas or pursuant to a special arrangement tailored to the needs of a particular client.  In all such situations, the fixed-fee arrangement will be expressed in an engagement letter setting forth both the amount of the fee and the scope of the services to be provided.

 

Contingency fee

I accept a select few personal injury and Consumer Protection cases on a contingency basis, meaning the client owes me no fee or expenses unless I successfully make a recovery for the client.  In all such situations, the contingent-fee arrangement will be expressed in an engagement letter setting forth both the percentage (amount) of the fee, whether the fee is calculated before or after deducting for expenses, and the scope of the services to be provided.

 

Expenses

I may require a deposit against fees and expenses for hourly and flat-fee engagements.  If your issue or matter requires instituting suit, except in a contingency case, I may require certain litigation expenses be paid in advance (filing fees, citation fees, service of process fees, etc).  I generally do not charge for first-class postage, service and file copies, courtesy copies, or printing.

FEES & EXPENSES