Reasonable Fees You Can Afford
We handle cases on three types of fee structures: (1) contingency fees; (2) flat fees; and (3) hourly fees. Personal injury and social security disability cases are generally handled on a contingent fee basis, whereas criminal defense cases and bankruptcies are handled on a flat fee basis. From time to time, we may also work on an hourly fee basis for unique legal matters.
Either way, we pledge that our fee will be fair and reasonable, and based on the particular needs of your case. Rest assured that we always commit to written fee agreements in advance that clearly spell out the scope of our representation, the costs you may incur, and how the fee will be computed and billed.
What is a contingency fee? A contingency fee arrangement simply means that our attorney fee is only charged if the outcome is favorable to you. Put another way, we don’t get paid unless you get paid. This fee structure is usually the most favorable to clients because the costs of our services do not preclude access to the legal system. Our fee is charged as a percentage of the gross amount recovered on your behalf, generally 33%.
What is a flat fee? A flat fee arrangement sets forth a flat rate for our legal services, regardless of the time expended by us or outcome. Flat fees have the benefit of certainty–you know what our services will cost from the outset. Legal matters have a tendency of being unpredictable, and we are thus willing to parse out the criminal defense case fee agreements into several flat fee stages. This ensures that you only pay for the legal services you actually need.
What is an hourly fee? Hourly fee arrangements charge an hourly rate for time expended on your case. Our office generally does not engage on an hourly basis unless we are handling a unique legal matter. Our hourly fee is reasonable and based on the Lodestar Method, which considers: (1) the time spent; (2) the rates charged; (3) whether the services were performed within a reasonable amount of time commensurate with the complexity, importance, and nature of the issue addressed; and (4) whether the compensation is reasonable based on the customary compensation charged by comparably skilled practitioners in other cases.