I understand that one of your biggest concerns is how much it cost to retain an attorney to work for you. Most attorney’s charge the same initial minimum retainer fee to all clients. In my opinion, attorney fees should never be the same for every case and every client! Instead, attorney fees should be based on the amount of work that will need to be done specifically on your case. As an example, If I retain a building contractor to construct a new home for me, it should cost me less to build a two (2) bedroom two (2) bath 1200 square foot home than if I build a five (5) bedroom three (3) bath 3000 square foot home because it will take more time and material to build the larger house.
This is how attorneys should determine the appropriate retainer fee to charge a client, and of course for a case that involves more complex issues and will require more time, the initial retainer fee will be higher.
I base the amount of my retainer fees upon the amount of work I estimate it will take to represent you from start to finish. For example, if I represent you in a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy case the attorney fees will be in the range of
$700.00 to $1,800.00 depending upon the amount of work involved in your case. In a family law case, the initial retainer fee can be in the range of $1,000.00 to $3,500.00 depending upon the amount of work performed. In my office I only get paid for the time I actually spend working on your case. I hope this gives you some basic information on how much it will cost you to retain me to work for you. I offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case, and your options at which time I can give you an exact amount as to how much it will cost to retain me to represent you, if that is your choice. Payment plans are available if needed.