Most people have never had to hire an attorney and they have many questions about how the whole thing 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 may agree to work for a contingent fee; 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.
If you think you need an attorney, you can call or email us to see what we can do for you. Initial consultations are free and allow the client and attorney to determine whether the client needs an attorney, whether the attorney is a good fit for the client’s needs, and what fees the client will need to pay.
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 require 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, some cases are much more complicated and labor-intensive.
We are able to 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 the attorney to withdraw from the representation.
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 we will be able to help you if you decide to hire us. And 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. You can reach Blake & Blake LLP through this website, via email, or you can call us at (817) 440-4444.