Our Policy Regarding Fees and Retainers
We believe it is important our clients understand the quality of our work. This quality includes the methods we use to charge for our services. Therefore, we ask that you take a moment to read this short statement. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask us.
We will provide you with well-trained and experienced legal specialists, competent secretarial services, modern equipment, and research and library facilities. We will give your problems our personal attention to attain the maximum result possible in the most reasonable time.
Abraham Lincoln said, "A lawyer's time and skill are his stock in trade." Quality legal services, good results, and early completion of your work require skill and time. These are truly our "stock on trade". Generally, we base our fees on our skill and time, although some cases involve other factors.
We base the charges for most matters on the time estimated to be required. We will negotiate with you a fee arrangement that will meet both of our needs. We will discuss with you all arrangements to undertake your work.
It is our job to ensure you understand the risk involved in any litigation. The legal fees and costs you must pay are part of that risk.
Our office follows a practice all good law firms follow. We request a reasonable retainer fee. This retainer fee is in the nature of a non-refundable deposit we use to pay for out-of-pocket expenses and our fees. Most of our clients prefer to handle their business and legal matters on a pay-as-you-go basis.Thus, we will bill you on a regular basis for our professional services and expenditures.
Our monthly Statement to you will give you a full description of the services rendered on your behalf as well as show all out-of-pocket expenses and disbursements made on your behalf.
We encourage you to discuss with us, at any time, our fee arrangements, the progress of your case and the details of a particular bill. We try to do what is proper and fair. We base our relationship with you on mutual confidence and respect. It is on that basis that we have established our reputation for a cordial and enduring relationship with our clients.