Attorney Fees and Costs
We fully appreciate that fees and costs can influence the decision to retain counsel. That’s why we make sure that our clients are fully informed before engaging in any fee arrangements.
For your convenience, we accept payment by cash, check, Visa, or MasterCard. For a draft Legal Service Agreement, call us at 360.352.1970.
Since fees may vary depending on the circumstances of the case, we discuss costs during the initial consultation. Fees may include the cost of an initial consultation, an hourly rate or contingency fee agreement. We will openly discuss all other potential costs and fees related to our representation.
For personal injury cases, we seek no consultation fee. In cases regarding other matters, we generally charge a consultation fee of $150 for up to 45 minutes. It is necessary to charge a consultation fee for these types of cases because our lawyers tend to provide a considerable amount of information at the initial meeting.
The consultation will inform the client of the issues at hand, the process required to resolve these issues, and what the client can expect. The attorney will be able to answer the many questions that are valuable for your understanding and decision-making.
Sometimes the issues are resolved in one consultation. Some clients only seek a one-time-only consultation.
Advance Fee Deposit
An advance fee deposit is money from the client used as credit for the future services of an attorney. We will credit your funds to be used in the future toward services for you. As we work on your case, the time used is recorded and money from the deposit will be used to pay for these services. If the balance has diminished before the case has resolved and further work is needed, we will invoice you.
Fee deposits can range from $500 to $10,000. The reason for this variation lies in the complexity of the case and the anticipated hours toward its completion, which will be determined by the attorney and clearly communicated to the client.