Transparent, Scaled Pricing and Billing Practices

I offer transparent, flexible pricing models so that people can choose what legal services they would like and have a better idea about what they will be charged up front.

Basic Overview of My Pricing Models

The various pricing options that I use is tailored to fit the situation and legal services being provided. The four types of pricing models that I implement are:

1Flat fee to handle case - Client pays a set amount for the attorney to handle the entire case.

2Flat fee for legal service - Client pays a flat fee for the particular legal service(s).

3Task-based fee - If the legal service involves multiple tasks or milestones, then the legal service is broken up into tasks or milestones and the client pays a set amount for completion of each task or milestone. 

4Flexible or reduced hourly rate - Client pays a reduced or flexible hourly rate that is scaled to fit the legal service at issue.

Examples of What Legal Services May Fit With Each Pricing Model

Here are some examples of what types of cases and scope of representation may fit with each pricing model:

1. Flat fee to handle case - Client pays a set amount for the attorney to handle the entire case.

(a) Example: Legal representation for the purchase or sale of residential real estate.

(b) Example: Preparation of a Power of Attorney or will

(c) Example: Expunging or sealing of criminal records.

2. Flat fee for legal service - Client pays a flat fee for the particular legal service(s).

(a) Example: Simple or less complex legal research and advice on a discrete set of legal questions or initial evaluation of case. Where the client is seeking legal advice on more than one discrete legal issue, the legal issues may be "un-bundled" (in some cases) and priced individually.

(b) Example: Limited Scope Representation cases, where the attorney has agreed to take on a discrete part of a client's case (such as discovery requests, initial or interim court appearance)

3. Task-based fee - If the legal service involves multiple tasks or milestones, then the legal service is broken up into tasks or milestones and the client pays a set amount for completion of each task or milestone.

(a) Example: An example of a legal service that involves multiple tasks or milestones would be business formation, where there is a discrete set of documents that the attorney prepares and, where appropriate, files on behalf of the client.

(b) Example: Client is a self-represented litigant (pro se) and hires the attorney to assist the client in drafting pleadings or other documents for the client to use in court. 

4. Flexible or reduced hourly rate - Client pays a reduced or flexible hourly rate that is scaled to fit the legal service at issue.

(a) Example: An example of a situation where flexible or reduced hourly rates might be appropriate are legal research or document review when the client is seeking general legal advice, or the legal questions are more complex.

(b) Example: Client hires attorney to review discovery documents, perform an in-depth case evaluation, or is drafting a more complex contract (such as an employment agreement) and the approximate amount of time that it will take for the attorney to perform the task is difficult to foresee. 

Note: These pricing model options are detailed here for informational purposes only to demonstrate the possible options. Individual cases may vary, and pricing options or legal services may not be available for every case or matter. You and the attorney will work together to determine what legal services you would like the attorney to help with, what the attorney can or agrees to do, and the pricing options that are appropriate for the particular situation. 

Giving credit where credit is due: In adapting the above pricing options and billing practices, I was guided by the practice resources published by the Chicago Bar Foundation and the Justice Entrepreneurs Project. The CBF and JEP have done an incredible job doing the research to guide attorneys to keep the practice of law relevant and accessible. 

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The Law Office of Rachael J. Leah, LLC offers a no-obligation 60-minute initial consultation for just $25. For more information, visit the "About My Firm" page on the website.

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