A lawyer's time and advice are his stock in trade. — Abraham Lincoln
Frequently Asked Questions about Fees
1. I know I just need a _____. Will it cost an arm and a leg? 2. What are your rates? 3. Do you offer set fees? 4. When you charge a set fee, how do you determine what to charge? 5. How do I get an estimate? 6. How do I get an estimate? 7. Do you take cases on a contingency basis? 8. How much do you charge for consultations? 9. What sort of retainer/deposit do you require? 10. What happens to my deposit between the time I pay it to you and the time the fee is earned in full? 11. Do you accept credit cards? 12. What are the convenience fees for payments via credit card? 13. Do you accept wire transfers?
1. I know I just need a _____. Will it cost an arm and a leg? The short answer is no, in all likelihood it will not. We are constantly expanding our web-based offerings to help make our delivery of legal services more efficient for us and cost-effective for you. Even if you deal with a real live human to get the process started, you can rest assured that our fees will be as reasonable as we can afford to make them.
However, do not skip the consultation. Bary often finds that clients' needs and preferences are more complex than the client initially believes them to be. As a result, folks who decline a consultation on the front end sometimes pay more in the long run; or, in the worst case, the client doesn't get the services they need.
Back to Top 2. What are your rates? In many matters, we are able to offer fixed-fee arrangements (see the next question) that allow us to deliver great service at an even better price.
In hourly retained matters, we charge $350 an hour for attorney work, and $125 an hour for law clerk or paralegal work. Our time is billed in six (6) minute increments and with a minimum entry per task of 2/10ths (.2) hours. In hourly matters, we generally charge a minimum fee, which is disclosed in the initial consultation based upon our estimation of the work involved. We know that you work hard for your money. But know that we do too. As a result, we always aim to deliver our services at a fee that we all will find fair and reasonable. Back to Top
3. Do you offer set fees? Of course.
We offer set fees in estate planning matters (including for example powers of attorney, wills, common trusts, medical directives/medical powers of attorney, and designation regarding remains affidavits), uncontested guardianships, uncontested divorces or separations, and deed preparation.
Set fees, when offered, buy you “up to” a fixed amount of staff time, with overages beyond that fixed amount billed at hourly rates. If we do not already offer the work you need on a set fee, we will be happy to discuss the possibility. Back to Top
4. When you charge a set fee, how do you determine what to charge? Set fees vary depending on the complexity of your particular circumstances. The fee pay for "up to" a specified amount of staff time. The ultimate fee could be higher if your matter requires an inordinate amount of time, as will be explained in detail in the engagement letter.
5. How do I get an estimate? A consultation is the best way. The consultation can be in-person, by phone, or online.
We don't say this to be evasive: we need to know the specifics of your needs in order to provide anything more than a ballpark guess. And because our guess would be a ballpark, you probably won't like the range you receive.
However, sometimes we need to review the law or other specific considerations after the consultation and before we provide our estimate or agree to take the case. In these cases and if we agree to take the matter, we will provide you an engagement letter specifying our estimate of the fee.
On our web-forms, you will automatically be given an estimate of the fee once you complete the form. We will confirm the exact fee in our engagement letter to you. This letter is sent to you only after our staff reviews your submission.
6. Do you take cases on a contingency basis? No. We do, from time to time and in appropriate cases, take matters on an hourly basis with both a cap and contingency component; however, a substantial deposit towards fees and costs is usually required. Back to Top
7. How much do you charge for consultations? The consultation fee is a flat $300 for up to an hour. Time spent reviewing advance materials (e.g. a contract, lease, etc.) and performing legal research to prepare for your particular consultation count towards the one hour.
In matters with a set fee over $1,000, we consider the consultation fee when determining the set fee we are able to offer. Back to Top
8. What sort of retainer/deposit do you require? For in-person set fee matters, we usually require pre-payment of one-half (1/2) of the set fee as a deposit. For set fee matters where you commence the process through one of our online forms, the entire auto-estimated fee is due as a deposit when you submit the form. You can pay either through the online methods provided, or mail in a check. Of course, the mail takes longer — so if you are in a hurry, we recommend you pay online or call our office and give your credit card information to a member of our staff during a live phone call (not in a voicemail or email).
In hourly matters, we will determine an appropriate deposit amount depending on the unique facts of your situation. Back to Top
9. What happens to my deposit between the time I pay it to you and the time the fee is earned in full? All deposits are held in our firm’s trust account. We bill against the deposit as we earn our fee. Our fee is considered earned on an hourly basis as we expend time on your matter. Back to Top
10. Do you accept credit cards? Yes. Please note that there is a convenience fee for credit card payments (see next question). Back to Top
11. What are the convenience fees for payments via credit card? We pass the processing fees on to you via a flat 3% convenience fee. The convenience fee is then included in the charge as a single transaction together with the amount otherwise due. Back to Top
12. Do you accept wire transfers? We do, but you will need to contact us directly for that information. Back to Top
13. Do you accept Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies? The short answer is yes. We accept Bitcoin and Dash. 2% transaction fees apply.
For online-initiated transactions: The relevant vendors are taking their sweet time with making this work in a way we find satisfactory. So call or email us if you'd like to pay for an online-initiated transaction via a particular coin. We'll send you the appropriate terms and conditions rider and a payment request.