Our firm recognizes that clients are concerned about the costs of hiring a lawyer. We believe that we have an obligation to fully discuss with our clients all issues concerning legal fees and costs. A client should always feel comfortable discussing fees with us.
Although we would like to be able to set forth a list of the legal fees charged for all the different type of legal work we handle, we have found that it is difficult to do so for at least two reasons. First, the wide range of legal matters we handle would make it virtually impossible to make a comprehensive fee list. Second, it has been our experience that every case is unique and, accordingly, the only method that is fair to our clients is to establish fees on an agreed, case-by-case basis.
With that said, there are certain types of cases where we have been able to establish standard fee arrangements.
For instance, we handle most personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis. A contingency fee is one where the attorney's fee is based upon a percentage (usually one-third) of the amount the attorney is able to recover on your behalf. In other words, if we are successful in your case, our fee is one-third of what we have won for you. If we are unsuccessful in your case, we ask only that the client reimburse us for expenses we have actually paid, but we receive no fee. The contingency fee arrangement is a pure incentive system where you can be sure your attorney is doing everything in his or her power to maximize the recovery in your case!
Other cases may be handled on an hourly basis. You are charged only for the time we spend working on your case. Examples of cases we have handled on an hourly basis include Commercial Litigation, Contract Negotiation & Drafting, etc. When working on an hourly basis, we try to provide you in advance with our best estimate of the time that will be necessary to handle your case and to keep you apprised of your bill as the work progresses.
There are also certain types of cases where we may charge a flat fee. Examples include Bankruptcy, Criminal Defense and Immigrations.
We encourage you to freely discuss fees with us at the time of your consultation. Once we know some of the facts of your case we can fully discuss fee arrangements and arrive at a fair agreement as to how your case will be handled.
The bottom line is that we want you to know that you received excellent legal services for a fair price!