Unexpected legal bills can be incredibly frustrating and erode trust. So, when it comes to pricing, we let you choose how we bill you for legal services.
In most matters, we can work based on regular hourly billing, quoted billing caps or fixed legal fees. We will work to find a pricing model that works for you.
For most of my estate planning engagements I find that my clients prefer a flat-fee structure based upon the value of the work performed for the client. The price is agreed upon between you and I in advance so that you know exactly how much you can expect to pay prior to engaging me.
Here is how it works:
During our initial consultation we will evaluate your legal situation, including the facts involved and the goals of my potential representation. We will discuss the various options available to you and discuss the pros and cons of each option so that we can determine the best and least expensive option to reach your legal goal.
Once the scope of the work has been defined, typically at the end of our consultation, I will provide you with a customized fixed fee. After you receive your fee quote it is completely up to you whether you decide to move forward. If you choose to engage me as your estate or business attorney the fixed-fee will be locked in for the scope of the agreed upon work
The up-front fee model not only allows you to make an informed decision on price prior to engagement, it also encourages open communication between you and I during the estate planning process. Given the complexity of most legal situations, I want you to have every opportunity to ask as many questions as is necessary to understand the process. The last thing I want is for you to not ask a question because you are worried that you will get billed every time I write an email or pick of the phone.