Attorneys' fees vary from case to case. However,
should you wish to retain our firm and we accept your case,
a written retainer agreement will be prepared and explained.
Normally, most cases are accepted on a contingency basis,
meaning the attorney fees are only recovered if you recover.
Attorneys' fees are separate and distinct from costs. Costs
are generally those expenses paid out to third parties on
your behalf such as filing fees, depositions, expert witness
fees and process servers. Costs also will include long distance
calls, photocopies, postage and on-line legal research charges.
Frequently, the attorneys' fees are paid by the other side
and although payment is contingent upon recovery, they are
not a percent or portion of your recovery, but a sum paid
above and beyond your recovery.
Our offices keep track of the time and costs spent on your
behalf and we bill at an hourly rate varying from $100.00 per
hour for paralegal time to $450.00 for attorney time. Sometimes
it is necessary to provide services where the consumer pays
a portion of the attorneys' fees and/or costs up front and
this fee will vary depending upon the amount of potential
recovery or our evaluation of the difficulty of the case.Again,
you will know what this amount is before you agree to hire
this firm and these expenses are discussed with you at the
consultation after our office has had an opportunity to fully
review your potential claim.