How Much Will a Lawyer Cost Me?
Inquiring about legal fees is a reasonable question for anybody to ask who is experiencing legal issues and needs to hire an attorney. Unfortunately, there is no one sticker price for an attorney. It depends on your case, the complexity of your case, whether or not the attorney is billing by the hour or the attorney is doing a flat fee rate. There are a lot of combinations of things that can determine the price of your particular situation.
According to the courts, a lawyers’ fees must be “reasonable.” Now “reasonable” is a very vague term and many different people can interpret it in many different ways. So here are some tips and things to look out for to help determine whether a lawyer’s fees are “reasonable.”
- Look to see how long the lawyer has been practicing. Like with any other professional service, you pay for experience.
- Look to see if the lawyer has had any disciplinary actions by the State Bar.
- When meeting with the attorney, see if the attorney is paying attention to your situation, to your case, and to your concerns.
- See if the attorney gives you pros and cons to your case. Whether the attorney tells you this could be a good case or this could be a very tough case and gives you reasons why.
- See also if you are going to be speaking with the attorney directly when you call the office; if you’re going to have access to the attorney or if you’re going to be delegated to speaking to the paralegal working the case or the assistant answering the telephone.
The above are just a few of the more important things for you to consider when you’re meeting with the attorney. Remember that focusing on the price should not be the most important thing when deciding to hire an attorney. That could actually be misleading. For example, larger law firms or pricier attorneys do not necessarily mean better attorneys. The most important thing when picking your attorney and deciding if the fees are reasonable for you is that you sit down with the attorney, you discuss your situation with the attorney and you feel comfortable with that particular attorney. That is the most important thing for both you and the attorney. You want to make sure you both are a good fit and that you’re both on the same page. If you have a good relationship from the beginning, you will know exactly what to expect and the attorney knows what to expect from you.
If you’re seeking legal assistance in the areas of Family Law, Bankruptcy Law, or Foreclosure Defense Law, contact our office to see if we may be a good fit to help you with your case. Our office can be reached at (702) 998-1188, firstname.lastname@example.org, or by scheduling a consultation online.