While many attorneys are uncomfortable discussing their fees, it is of critical importance that you feel comfortable discussing my fees with me.
I prefer an all-inclusive, flat fee for service structure which allows for the free flow
of information necessary to properly plan or administer an estate. (The only
charges added are court costs or items for which we pay third party vendors such as Federal Express on the client's behalf. These are actual charges and are never "marked up").
There is a lot of conversation and counseling involved. Often there is a substantial review and analysis of documentation, including any existing planning (i.e., trusts, wills, business entities, agreements, etc) and asset structure. My consultations can be brief but tend to last a at least a couple
of hours. If someone is watching the clock, then the exchanges become abbreviated. The nuances gleaned from thorough interviewing and follow up
are the keys to my success as your lawyer. You aren't charged for preparation
or review of letters, emails or phone calls, or anything else relating to the time required to determine the efficacy of implementing a strategy. Therefore, my
fees are broken down into these four phases:
Review & analysis
Planning & design
Implementation (document drafting)
You are not purchasing documents but rather strategies and results that take a considerable amount of time to ascertain and develop. Therefore, a substantial portion of the fee is attributable to effort undertaken before documents are drafted. Each of these phases are detailed in my retainer agreement, however, any fees spent before a fair all-inclusive fee is determined and agreed upon, are immediately credited so no effort is lost.
Unless your preference is an hourly fee, with the exception of Trust Funding,
this all-inclusive fee approach can be applied throughout my practice areas.