Attorney's FeeBefore you meet with a lawyer, it helps to have a framework for the costs of representation, and an understanding of how the fee agreement might work.

Pricing

The Two Legal Systems

1Assessment of the Matter

Enable the client and the lawyer to plan and maintain an efficient and effective litigation strategy

2Pre-trial Pleadings and Motions

enable the client and the lawyer to plan and maintain an efficient and effective litigation strategy

3Discovery

enable the client and the lawyer to plan and maintain an efficient and effective litigation strategy

4Trial Preparation

enable the client and the lawyer to plan and maintain an efficient and effective litigation strategy

5Appeal

enable the client and the lawyer to plan and maintain an efficient and effective litigation strategy

Types of Pricing for Legal Services

Hourly Billing

To begin the process of setting your hourly rate, you can compute the overall cost of running your practice and divide that amount by the number of projected or actual annual billable hours.

100 - 400

Contingency Pricing

Contingency pricing has traditionally been used in personal injury cases where there is a reasonably good chance that the client will receive a damage award or settlement for his or her claims.

20 - 40 % of the settlement

Fixed Fee and Retainer

This model is commonly used in criminal and misdemeanor cases. Due to the intricate and time-intensive nature of handling criminal matters - multiple court appearances, lengthy pleadings and unforeseen motions.

1,000 - Variables

Consultation Fee

The lawyer may charge a fixed or hourly fee for your first meeting where you both determine whether the lawyer can assist you. Be sure to check whether you will be charged for this initial meeting.

FREE of cost

Statutory Fee

The fees in some cases may be set by statute or a court may set and approve a fee that you pay. These types of fees may appear in probate, bankruptcy, or other proceedings.

50 -300

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