Your initial consultation will be charged at the hourly rate of the attorney with whom you meet. If we are willing to take on your matter and are retained, we charge the applicable hourly rate for each attorney or staff member handling your matter, and we record and bill our time in 1/10th of an hour (i.e., six minute) increments. We charge for all the time spent by us on your behalf, which includes, but may not be limited to, telephone calls and conferences, intra-office meetings regarding your matter, legal research, preparation of documents, travel, and review of any records you provide to us.
In addition to our fees, there are certain costs which we do charge for, including, but not necessarily limited to, the following:
- Online Legal Research Fees
- Messenger and Other Delivery Fees, including Overnight Mail
- Large Document Photocopy Projects (including the size of documents and number of pages)
- Recording Documents, Filing Paperwork with the Court and Other Government Agencies
- Consultant Fees
- Expert Witness Fees
For hourly and flat fee matters, itemized statements showing services performed, time spent, billing rates and costs incurred are typically prepared on a monthly basis or at the conclusion of our work. Payments are due upon receipt of our invoice. To avoid late fees or interest charges, payment must be received within 30 days of the date of the invoice. If you have any questions about the work performed or a particular invoice, we encourage you to call before you pay the bill.
Advance Deposit Payments and Minimum Trust Account Balances
Most client matters require an advance deposit payment. The advance deposit payment amount depends on the type of work to be performed and the anticipated fees and costs. Advance deposit payments are placed in a trust account and are be applied to legal fees and cost incurred on your behalf. In most instances, we require that you maintain a minimum deposit amount for the duration of our representation and we may request that you make additional deposit payments after the initial one.
Our fees, costs we charge for, billing practices and deposit payment requirements are set forth in our fee agreement.