Q: How do you charge for your services?
A: When it comes to paying for a lawyer, we understand that there is no “one size fits all” arrangement. We work with each client to arrive at an agreement that works best for everyone.
Some examples include:
Hourly rate: In this type of arrangement, we charge an agreed-upon hourly rate for our work. The client is also responsible for paying our out-of-pocket expenses that we paid on the client’s behalf. We send out monthly bills.
Contingency fee: Under a contingency fee arrangement, we agree to accept a certain percentage (usually 35%) of any amount we recover from the other side. So, we get paid when we help the client recover money.
Blended fee: Here, we combine an hourly rate and contingency fee to strike the right balance. For example, we might charge 1/2 of our usual hourly rate and 1/2 of our usual contingency fee. The client remains responsible for our out-of-pocket expenses, and these are billed monthly.
Flat fee: A flat fee arrangement is just that – – we agree upon a specific amount, and that is what the client pays. This arrangement usually not suitable for lawsuits.
Please note: These are examples only. If we enter into an attorney-client relationship with you, we will present you with a written retainer agreement that will define our rates and other terms of our representation.
Q: Do I need an appointment?
A: Yes. Please call us at 601-607-3156 and describe your problem. We call this this “intake process.” That will allow us to determine if our firm is right for you and, if so, to set up the initial consultation.
Q: Do you charge for an initial consultation?
A: That depends upon your particular situation. If the purpose of the consultation is to determine whether you want to retain us and whether we think we can help you, the answer is “no”.
On the other hand, if you want to obtain definitive legal advice at the consultation (for example, asking whether the terms of an employment agreement are reasonable and customary), we ask to be paid at that time.