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Frequently Asked Questions
What Is The Difference Between Your Consultation Fee and Retainer Fee
Our consultation fee ($150) is the charge you incur from taking advantage of our consultation. On the other hand, our retainer fee is the cost you incur if we agree to take your case and become your attorney. You pay the $150 consultation fee before the consultation; that is when you schedule the consultation; however you pay the retainer fee at the conclusion of the consultation.
Why Do You Charge A $150 Consultation Fee
Facing criminal charges is a serious matter. Your liberty, property, way of life, or even your life itself is at stake. Hence, you need critical and correct information urgently. You get that at our consultations.
Our consultations usually last about an hour, even longer if necessary. During that hour, we give you an honest and in-depth case assessment that typically answers most, if not all, of your questions. You will leave our office better informed about your case and the situation you face. We will equip you with the preliminary information necessary to determine your next steps. The information is preliminary at this stage because we still have to investigate your case thoroughly, conduct discovery and potentially take other steps before we can predict an outcome.
Moreover, upon retaining us to handle your case, two things happen immediately. First, the $150 consultation fee will be credited toward your retainer fee. For example, if we charge you a retainer fee of $2500 to handle your case, we will deduct the $150 consultation fee from the $2500 retainer fee, leaving you a remaining balance of $2350. Second, you will become part of our family, and we fight hard for our family. So, our consultations are more than the mere question and answer sessions. It is an opportunity for us to become family.
How Much Is Your Retainer Fee
We base our retainer fees on a number of factors. Specifically, to ensure that our retainer fees are reasonable and not excessive, we consider the following factors that are suggested by the Texas Bar:
- the time and labor required, the novelty and difficulty of the questions involved, and the skill requisite to perform the legal service properly;
- the likelihood, if apparent to the client, that the acceptance of the particular employment will preclude other employment by the lawyer;
- the fee customarily charged in the locality for similar legal services;
- the amount involved and the results obtained;
- the time limitations imposed by the client or by the circumstances;
- the nature and length of the professional relationship with the client;
- the experience, reputation, and ability of the lawyer or lawyers performing the services; and
- whether the fee is fixed or contingent on results obtained or uncertainty of collection before the legal services have been rendered.
No attorney-client relationship arises until and unless we agree to take your case as evidenced by you paying a retainer fee and signing a fee agreement. In other words, merely scheduling an appointment, paying the $150 consultation fee or receiving a consultation does not give rise to an attorney-client relationship.