FAQ about Blake & Blake, LLP
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Are you facing a legal matter and seeking representation? Are you nervous about hiring a lawyer for the first time? At Blake & Blake, LLP, we understand what you are going through. We strive to help all prospective clients make informed choices and move forward with the right attorney by their side. To help you during this difficult time, we have compiled answers to some of the questions we are most often asked.
If you still have questions after reading our FAQ, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at (817) 497-8889.
What can I expect when I hire Blake & Blake, LLP?
Most people have never had to hire an attorney and they have many questions about how the whole process works. Different attorneys charge different fees based on their experience or practice areas. The same attorney may charge different fees for different kinds of cases.
In civil cases, a lawyer will typically bill the client by the hour. A client will pay a retainer, which is held by the attorney in a client trust account until work is performed and fees are earned. Sometimes attorneys agree to work for a contingent fee, wherein the attorney will take a percentage of any award obtained on behalf of the client. In criminal cases, it is common for attorneys to charge a flat fee to handle pre-trial matters. If the client wants to take the case to trial, then additional fees will be required.
Do you offer free consultations?
If you think you need an attorney, you can call or contact us online to see what we can do for you. Initial consultations are free and allow us to determine whether you need an attorney, whether we are a good fit for your needs, and what fees you will need to pay.
How much does it cost to hire a lawyer?
In consulting on criminal cases, we will want to understand basic facts about your case: What are the charges? Do you have a criminal record? This information allows us to decide what fee is required to handle your case. For example, a Class B misdemeanor, like possession of marijuana, might be handled for a flat fee of $1500, while an aggravated felony charge might require a larger fee. The fee is based on how much work is required, as some cases are much more complicated and labor-intensive.
What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept cash, checks, or credit cards. We also can work with clients on payment plans, typically requiring a down payment followed by monthly payments. If a client has not paid the agreed fees, the rules of professional responsibility allow us to withdraw from representation.
How do I know if I need an attorney?
If you have a legal matter in Texas – whether you have been charged with a crime or have been sued – give us a call to discuss your situation. It is very likely that we will be able to help you if you decide to hire us. Even if we are not the right lawyers for your case, talking with us about your case should help you better understand what kind of lawyer you need.