PAYMENT OF ATTORNEY FEES BY CREDIT CARD
We make every effort to keep our fees as low as possible, and focus on using the time expended in the most efficient way.
Attorney fees are classified into legal counseling fees, legal document preparation fees, regular retainer fees, daily allowances, initial retainer fees, and hourly rate fees. The following is an outline of these fees.
A retainer fee is an amount charged by the attorney to begin representation.
Normally, a retainer fee is a dollar amount that the attorney and the client agree on before the attorney begins work. Many attorneys and clients favor a flat fee retainer, billed against an hourly rate because it is a simple transaction and because the fee is paid up front. The attorney identifies an amount of work that the case will require and calculates a reasonable fee based on the time and effort involved. If the attorney spends less time on the case than anticipated, he may return the excess fee amount, unless he and client agree otherwise.
An hourly rate is a predetermined amount chargeable for the attorney's work. The attorney and client may agree that these fees be paid periodically or in one lump sum at the end of the case. The time that an attorney charges for legal work is called billable time, or billable hours. Hourly rates vary according to the attorney's expertise and experience. Prospective clients should request an estimate of the number of billable hours that the attorney anticipates will be necessary for the case.
The retainer fee paid via the internet can be paid by check or credit card. Both of these require the use of a third party verification service, in this case, PayPal.com. You must register and provide information to them to ensure that you are the person paying the fee and it is from verifiable funds.
You are not charged an additional fee for using PayPal.com. With a payment by electronic check or credit card, lawyer and client both agree that these funds are a prepayment for immediate compensation for the lawyer's commitment to perform future services, e.g., a flat-fee agreement, the funds are the property of the lawyer and may be deposited in the lawyer's operating or business account. PayPal.com will remit payment to this office to be deposited in said account.
If you do not wish to enter into this arrangement, then you are welcome to mail us a check.Online payment will take place only after Attorney and Client have entered into an agreement concerning fees.
If you have any further questions, feel free to call us or send us an email. We are not related in anyway to PayPal.com. You should read the policy with regard to that service before you decide to use PayPal.com.