My retainer fee for legal representation varies depending on the various issues and complexity of your case. The retainer is placed in my client trust account, from which I make payment for services rendered each month. I send you a very detailed and itemized billing statement for all work performed on your behalf each month. If any portion of the retainer is unused when your case is closed with my firm, I will refund that amount to you. If your retainer is depleted and there is still work to be performed on your case, you are responsible for making payments to my firm? For most criminal matters you will be quoted a flat fee based on the charges and complexity of the case. Most other types of cases will be charged at an hourly rate.
Weigh Costs vs. Benefits Regularly
I understand that this is often a difficult time for my clients not only emotionally, but also financially. As such, I do my best to allow my clients to control their fees by actively participating in the preparation of their cases. It is extremely important to routinely perform a cost-benefit analysis during this process, how much is this going to cost and what is the likely outcome? I explain strategic decisions regarding my client's cases to them from both a legal perspective and a financial perspective and allow them to participate in the decision-making process with that knowledge.
How You Can Minimize Your Costs:
If an affidavit or discovery response needs to be drafted, I encourage my clients to prepare the first draft.
If an extraordinary number of copies need to be made, I often suggest that my clients do the copying themselves.
My clients also often keep their costs down by communicating with me through email.