“Nothing is more expensive than a cheap lawyer.” You have probably heard that phrase but may never have actually thought about it until now when you need a lawyer. What does it mean to you and how may you protect yourself?
If you are like most people, you want goods and services that are cheap and delivered quickly. Although it is human nature to want the same from your lawyer, a cheap lawyer can cost you in the end when it comes to the outcome of your case, the level of service delivered, and your overall experience. One thing I often say is that experience costs much less than incompetence.
I can assure you that partnering with a lawyer who is experienced, ethical, and committed will provide higher returns for your case. On the other hand, a lawyer who charges low rates may not spend the time on your case it deserves, rush the outcome and only achieve marginal results.
I know it may be unconventional to talk about fees and rates for legal services, but I am always happy to discuss my exact charges with you as part of my dedication to providing transparent service. Keep in mind that my hourly rate pays for the time I spend on your case, but I do not bill you separately for mileage, long distance charges, postage and paralegal time. In addition, in many cases I give you a “not to exceed” price meaning that if my time exceeds that quote, you only pay that price, but if my time is less, then that is what you pay. Further, I put it in writing before we proceed. That way you are protected from runaway billing and we both work to bring about the most efficient and economical outcome.
I will go over these points again during our initial consultation, so you feel fully informed going forward. I follow that consultation with a written engagement letter which explains my commitment to you. To discuss your case, my fees, what I bring to any legal case, and why quality is always worth it when hiring a lawyer, feel free to contact my firm directly.