Lawyer for Life Program
We understand that life presents a number of legal issues and at times you would like to turn to a lawyer to ask either general or specific questions. Often these questions go unanswered as many fear the costs associated with asking their lawyer a question. At Scott Legal, P.C. our lawyers think that you should be able to turn to us when you have simple legal questions. As such, when you spend $5,000 or more and your engagement with us has terminated, you will be able to turn to us in the future to run ideas by us and to answer your simple legal questions. Of course this does not include any written legal work, in person meetings or research, but we will not send you a bill for a 10 or 15 minute conversation about legal strategies or what types of Immigration Visas are available to you. The idea here is that we want you to feel comfortable reaching out to us and we will always let you know well in advance if any of our services require payment. We strive to build a long lasting relationship with you and we are willing to spend the time working with you without charge to prove it.
What Will Our Services Cost?
We will always explain our fees to you so you understand what our services will cost before you are committed. We do not believe in surprises and we will not ever send you a bill for something that you did not agree to. We are also committed to offering legal services at a reasonable fee. We love what we do and do not feel that we have to charge an arm and a leg to help you. See our comprehensive fee schedule below.
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Our billing will either be a flat fee or an hourly rate.
For services where we can reasonably predict the time to complete a task, we are happy to offer a flat fee. This fee will include all legal work performed by our lawyers on your behalf as well as all other out of pocket costs such as postage, paper, courier, etc.. These fees do not include any Government imposed filing fees. Our quoted fees will not change even if the task takes us longer than we anticipated. Flat fees are typically associated with contract review and filling immigration and family law petitions. We are comfortable giving you a flat fee for these matters as the nature and scope of the work is well within our control and we can estimate the timing with reasonable certainty. As always, the scope of our engagement will be clearly explained to you so that it is clear what the fees relate to.
For some matters, it is not possible for us to give you a flat fee because it is too difficult for us to predict exactly how long the matter will take us. This is especially the case for matters where we do not control the nature, timing and extent of the work. For example, some civil litigation are impossible to estimate the amount of work because the opposing party may significantly shorten or lengthen the amount of time required to represent you. As we cannot control these external factors, for these matters we will charge an hourly rate and also for out of pocket costs such as postage, copies, couriers, etc.. We will attempt to give you an estimate of the costs in these matters but we will also explain that the estimate may vary depending on the nature & scope of the case. As always, the scope of the engagement and our hourly rates will be clearly explained to you. Our hourly rates range from $195 per hour for a law clerk to $595 per hour for our senior lawyers or Managing Director.
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