Helping you understand how attorneys bill for their services is very important to us. Understanding lawyer fee structures builds trust in you as the client, as you will know exactly what you’re paying for. You will be required to sign a retainer agreement for all types of fees. Cases in our firm are typically handled on an hourly, flat fee, or contingency fee basis, depending on the type of case involved.
HOURLY FEES AND RETAINERS IN TRUST
The majority of civil cases are handled on an hourly basis with the client placing an advance retainer deposit into our trust account. We send out billing statements at least one time per month and any earned fees are drawn on the trust account and deposited into the firm’s operating account. As the case progresses, the trust account may need to be replenished by the client to cover anticipated attorney fees and costs (e.g., expert witnesses, court reporter fees, court filing fees, etc.). At the resolution of the client’s case, any remaining balance is refunded to the client. Our attorney hourly rate differs depending on the type and complexity of the case, but usually ranges between $190 to $225/hour. Our staff/paralegal rate ranges between $65 to $85/hour. For specifics your case you can request a free initial consultation with our firm.
Some cases, such as criminal (e.g., DUI) cases, are handled on a flat fee basis, where the client pays a set rate for an agreed-upon number of hours of attorney and staff/paralegal time, or for a set number of hearings and/or court appearances and negotiations. For specifics, you will need to consult an attorney at Hoyer Law Firm.
In other cases, usually personal injury matters, we work on a contingency fee basis. This means that you will NOT pay any attorney fees or costs up front, and you will NOT pay any attorney fees at all unless we obtain a negotiated settlement or trial court judgment in your favor. (In other words, the attorney fees are “contingent” on the outcome of the case.)
Our contingent fees are typically 33 1/3% prior to mediation, arbitration and/or trial. Once a case has been scheduled for mediation or arbitration or within 60 days before the first trial date, the contingency fees are typically 40%.
In a contingency fee agreement, the client will agree to reimburse all costs incurred by the firm to settle your claim or prepare it for trial, regardless of outcome of the case. These costs will be deducted from the settlement or judgment the firm obtains for you after the deduction of attorney’s fees. Costs may include medical records & reports, police or accident reports, expert reports and witness fees, investigation costs, court and service costs, etc. Costs will also include a minimum flat fee per client of $150.00 for file production and destruction costs. For specifics, you will need to consult an attorney at Hoyer Law Firm.
PAYMENT FORMS ACCEPTED
We accept all major credit cards, personal checks, money orders and cash.
Payment plans are available for flat fee cases under specific circumstances. A minimum down payment of $500 is required to begin work on any case. Please call our office to get more information regarding payment plans.