Fees

Time Based
Our work in family law, commercial, and non-personal injury matters is generally billed based on the amount of time we spend doing your work. We require a down payment, sometimes called a "retainer," the amount of which varies depending upon the circumstances of each case. Each month we send out bills reflecting which staff member worked on your case. the specific work done. the date it was done. and what each item of work cost. The time spent working on your case, and expenses associated with your work, are "billed against," that is, subtracted from, the down payment or retainer. If the retainer is exhausted, your bill will reflect a balance due. If money is left in your account, a credit balance will be reflected on your bill. All retainers are placed in a bank account, as required by law, called a "trust account," and are not available for the firm's use until time is actually spent working on your case. Attorneys are not generally allowed to handle family law matters on a contingent basis.

In addition to payment for time spent working on your case, you are generally responsible for costs associated with it. All time-based cases handled by our office are covered by a written fee agreement signed by both client and attorney, which agreement sets forth in detail the responsibilities of both. After both you and the attorney sign this, you will receive a copy of it for your files.

Contingent
Many personal injury and some commercial (business) cases are billed on a contingent fee basis. This means our client is responsible for the attorney's fee based on a percentage of the recovery made by the attorney for our client. In addition, clients are responsible for the expenses incurred by the attorney in processing the case. All contingent fee cases handled by our office are covered by a written fee agreement, signed by both client and attorney, which agreement sets forth in detail the responsibilities of both. After both you and the attorney sign this, you will receive a copy of it for your files.