Legal fees are an important issue to understand when dealing with any legal issue. At our law office, we encourage free and open discussion about fees. The fee agreement for a particular case will depend on a number of factors including the nature and complexity of the case.
TYPES OF FEE AGREEMENTS:
Flat Fee: Fee is set and you will not be billed further for the work performed. Hourly Fee: You are billed for the actual hours spent working on the case. Contingent: You yield a portion (percentage) of any award received.
The Rules of Professional Responsibility do not allow for an attorney to undertake criminal representation on a contingent fee agreement. Our office generally utilizes flat fee agreements for criminal cases. Many misdemeanor cases are handled for flat fee ranging from $1,500.00 – $2,500.00 while felony cases range is more complicated, but generally start at $5,000.00. Factors we look at include nature of offense, complexity & the penalty the client is facing.
Hourly fee agreements are utilized most frequently in our civil cases. The client is expected to deposit funds into a trust account and from there the legal work is performed and billed at the end of the month with the goal of having sufficient funds previously deposited into trust to cover all work done on the client’s behalf. Hourly fee agreements work well because they allow the client to have some control in how much attention their case receives in any given month.
Contingent fee agreement are the most popular fee agreements from the client’s standpoint since the client does not pay for attorney time on a monthly basis, but only pays for costs as they are incurred until the case is settled. Then the attorney is paid with a percentage of any final financial outcome. Contingent fee agreements can vary in percentage but usually range between 30% – 45% of the outcome.
Butler Beschen Law, PLLC does not charge a consultation fee for criminal cases.
For employment related cases, due to the volume of calls and limited time during the work week, a charge of $250.00 is required for a consult. In such consultations, we do request that you bring any and all documents related to the claim you are making.
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