Estate Planning and Elder Law
Social Security Appeals
For many services offered by our attorneys, an initial consultation is offered at no charge, unless we can give you legal advice at the initial consultation that will lead to a solution of your inquiry and you and the attorney do not expect the need for further legal assistance. In that instance, a fee at either the current hourly rate, or less, can be expected.
Fees are always discussed at the initial consultation and we try to offer a written representation agreement, signed by the lawyer and the client, before undertaking representation.
Fees are quoted as either flat fees, hourly rates, or contingent fees.
Flat fees are usual for drafting documents, pre-nuptial, marital and separation agreements, for real estate purchase or sales transactions, loan closings, criminal and traffic representation and most Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court representations. We also quote flat fees for adoptions, guardianships, conservatorships, trusts and wills, business acquisitions and sales, corporate and other business entities annual meetings and report. These fees are quoted based on the complexity of the matter and the needs of the client for representation.
Hourly rates are charged for matters which are ongoing, like defense of law suits and other matters that may take a long time or a short time.
Contingent fees are agreed on between the lawyer and client when there is a source of funds from which the attorney can be paid, usually ranging from 25% of the sum recovered in Social Security appeals, and from 25 to 33.3% of the recovery from personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits.