We believe it is important that our clients understand our commitment to the quality of our work. Part of this quality includes the methods we use to charge for our services. We therefore ask you to take a moment to read this short statement. If you have questions, please don't hesitate to ask us.
We will provide you with well-trained and experienced legal specialists, competent secretarial services, modern equipment, research and library facilities. We will give your problems our continuing 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." Generally, we base our fees on our skill and time, although some cases involve other factors.
We base the charges for most initial consultations on the time spent with you. After this initial consultation, we will negotiate a fee arrangement with you that will meet both of our needs. After your initial consultation, we may advise you not to proceed with your case or matter. If your case does require further work, however, we will discuss with you all arrangements necessary to undertake your work.
On some matters, such as drafting a simple will, deed or other standard document, uncontested divorces, and basic incorporation packages, we can quote you a fixed fee. In some cases there is legislation or a court which will set our fees. In other situations, such as litigation, it may be difficult to fix a fee. In these cases the best we can do is to set a rough high and low estimate.
Part of our job is to ensure that you understand the risk involved in any litigation. Part of the risk is the legal fees you must pay.
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 deposit that we use to pay for out-of-pocket expenses and our start-up fee. 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 statement of account to you will give you a full description of the work done on your behalf. Our statement will show our out-of-pocket expenses as disbursements.
We encourage you to discuss with us, at any time, our fee arrangement, the progress of your case and the details of any particular bill. We try to do what is fair and proper. We base our relationship with you on mutual confidence and respect. It is on this basis that we have established our reputation for a cordial and enduring relationship with our clients.
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