The idea of legal fees can be daunting — people often fear that even making a short phone call to a lawyer will land them having to deal with a huge bill that comes in the mail a few days later.
Let’s start with a basic guarantee: at this office, you will never be billed for a fee that wasn’t discussed in advance and agreed to in writing. Calling to talk about whether you should hire me is free. The only exception is traffic ticket cases. Because many of the people I talk to about traffic tickets go on to represent themselves, I charge a $100 consultation fee in these cases. If you choose to retain me after the consultation, it is credited towards the fee for the representation.
Now, suppose you hire me—what will it cost? That depends on the type of case and the complexity of it.
One of the reasons that I offer free consultations is that it gives me a chance to look over your paperwork and give you a fee quote that reflects my estimate of the complexity of the case. There are no high-pressure ‘sells’ here—you get to take the quote home to think about, and decide whether you want to move forward without any pressure.
The following is offered as a rough guideline to help you understand what hiring a lawyer might cost.