Effective January 1, 2014

 

 

HOURLY FEES

Scott Wilson charges $290.00 an hour for his time and $75.00 an hour for his paralegal/assistant - which is billed on a monthly basis. Before any money changes hands, the client and attorney will sign a written fee agreement. On litigation matters a fee deposit is usually required in the range of $2500.00 to $5,000.00 and is kept in the attorney's client trust account. This is a revolving deposit and is based on his estimation of a maximum fee that will be billed in any month. The client is obligated to maintain the fee deposit at the agreed level. For example, if the attorney sends out a bill for $750.00, this amount will be deducted and paid for the client's funds on deposit and the client is obligated to replenish the funds on deposit within 20 days to maintain the agreed amount. This fee deposit method is an alternative to having 50% or 100% of the estimated costs of the litigation paid up front.

FLAT FEES

Scott Wilson also works under a flat or fixed fee agreement where appropriate, which usually is for document drafting, such as wills, prenuptial agreements, leases, promissory notes, and contracts in general.

CONTINGENT FEES

Where the goal of the representation is to recover money for the client, such as collecting a debt, or collecting monetary compensation from an insurance company for personal injuries, Scott Wilson gives the client the option of either an hourly fee agreement or a contingent fee agreement. A contingent fee agreement obligates the client to pay a percentage of the money recovered, from the money recovered. The percentage is usually between 25% and 50% of money recovered, but is set in writing at the beginning of the representation. If no recovery, then no fee is due, but the client is always obligated to pay for the attorney's out of pocket expenses, such as court filing fees, court reporter charges, expert or consulting witness charges and the like.