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FAQ: Retainer Agreements

What is a retainer fee?

This refers to the money that you have to pay up front to retain our firm. Think of this like a down payment toward the costs of legal services that we will be providing.

Initially, this retainer fee is your money. We don't earn the money until we perform the agreed-upon work. For this reason, we keep your retainer fee in our trust account until we earn the money, at which point we transfer the funds into our general operating account.

What is a flat-fee retainer agreement?

In some cases, we can determine the approximate number of hours and costs that we will spend on your case, so we can offer you a “flat” fee to cover all legal services in the retainer agreement.

As part of the agreement, you agree to pay the entire fee at the time you sign the contract.

What type of cases involve flat-fee agreements?

We typically offer flat fee arrangements for misdemeanor criminal appeals, Department of Licensing appeals, and post-conviction relief motions, such as motions to vacate convictions and motions to seal records.

We also use flat-fee agreements for reviewing corporate documents, reviewing contracts, writing demand letters, and drafting other client letters. 

What is your typical charge for handling an appeal?

For misdemeanor appeals and Department of Licensing appeals, we generally charge between $2,500 and $4,000. For felony appeals, we charge between $5,000 and $10,000, but we typically handle felony appeals on an hourly basis, so fees could be higher. We generally require a substantial retainer for felony appeals.

What do you generally charge as a retainer?

Our retainer fees generally range from $500 to $2,500, sometimes higher for more complicated appeals.

What is an hourly retainer agreement?

In many cases, we cannot accurately determine from an interview client meeting how many hours we will need to spend on your case and what our costs will be. For these cases, we will bill you hourly, in increments of 10 minutes.

What type of cases involve hourly fee agreements?

We typically use hourly fee agreements for felony appeals, setting up corporations, breach of contract cases, and other business disputes that result in litigation.

What is your typical hourly fee?

We typically charge $200-$300 per hour for our services.

Unlike many law firms, however, we do not “double charge” when both lawyers are working together on your case. For example, if both of us work together for 3 hours on your case, we charge you 3 hours total, not 6 hours. 

Do you accept credit cards?

Yes. We accept VISA, Master Card, Discover, and American Express.  

We partner with Law Pay, a secure credit card processing service.  

Do you offer a military discount?

Yes. We proudly offer a 10 percent discount off our professional fees to all active duty, reserve and retired service members and their dependents.

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