I offer various types of fee arrangements and am as transparent as possible because your lawyer is supposed to be your trusted counselor, and you shouldn’t have to be fearful of what to expect when you need to work with one.
Full Representation (Hourly—for the entire length of a matter)
This is the most expensive form of representation, and the most traditional. Full representation involves your lawyer handling all matters related to your case. During this representation, I would bill you for time spent on work performed, along with expenses. The benefit to full representation is that you have legal representation on your case from beginning to end.
Flat fee billing may be available in some matters, depending on your circumstances. If flat fee billing is available for you, it means one matter, one bill. The benefit to a flat fee is that you know what you are paying, always.
Typically, a special education case review and advocacy at one IEP meeting is available as a flat fee.
Limited Scope Representation
This is similar to a flat fee arrangement. This is where I handle a limited portion of your case and you handle others. For instance, I can assist with the discovery part of your case, or the legal research. Or I can help prepare forms and other court documents, but you would file them yourself and represent yourself at a hearing. This can help keep your costs down. The first step of this would be to discuss your case with me in-depth and then agreeing on whether this will work for you—and outlining the exact steps of what I will do for you.
The benefits of limited scope representation are that you have greater control over your legal matter, the costs of legal services can be tailored to your needs, it promotes access to justice, and it assists the court in managing pro se litigation overall.
If contingency fees are available for your case, your lawyer agrees to accept a fixed percentage of the recovery, which is the amount paid if you win the case. The lawyer’s fee comes out of the money awarded to you. If you lose, neither you nor the lawyer will get any money, but you will not be required to pay your attorney for the work done on the case. Availability of contingency fees depends on the type of case and what stage your case is procedurally.
I take a limited number of contingency fee cases in the area of special education, and social security. This simply depends on financial need of a client and my existing caseload.