Each attorney at the Portland law firm of Kohlmetz, Steen & Hanrahan, P.C., is given the freedom to structure their own fee agreements with individual clients as they see fit. We feel that each client and each case is unique, and our individualized approach to client representation begins with our fee agreements. Generally speaking, there are two forms of fee agreements utilized in our office: The hourly fee agreement and the flat fee agreement.
Hourly Fee Structures
Keeping in mind that every case and client is different, hourly rates for attorney's fees will vary between $250-$500 per hour. Factors that typically go into setting the actual rate often include the nature and type of case, relative time pressures, the novelty or complexity of the case, or issues raised therein etc. Typically, there is a minimum fee set by the attorney before he will engage the client and case. This minimum varies by case and is necessary as a result of the firm's limiting the number of cases it takes in.
Often, our clients have discreet matters in which the outcome or a range of outcomes can be predicted with some degree of certainty. In these situations, our lawyers and clients will often negotiate a flat fee for all attorney hours necessary to accomplish the stated goal(s). Often these agreements are made in three distinct categories:
Pre-charge representation: This is where a client has been arrested or is being investigated but no formal charges have been made.
Pre-trial representation: After a client has been formally charged, but is attempting to negotiate a plea agreement with the government or has not yet made a decision whether to proceed to trial.
Trial representation: This is where the client has elected to prepare for and undergo the jury trial or court trial process.
When we negotiate attorney fees, we also negotiate what other fees and costs the client will be responsible for during the life of his or her case. Typically, we do not charge our clients for routine business expenses (regular postage, local travel, copying costs, etc.). Special provisions are made for more extraordinary expenses (long distance phone calls, plane or overnight travel, etc.).
It is common for our attorneys to recommend that the client also retain the services of outside experts and private investigators to assist in the preparation of his or her case and his or her defense. Payment of the costs and fees incurred by the use of these third parties is always the client's responsibility. The use of such third parties is always done after the client is fully informed of the need for their retention and with full disclosure of their potential cost.
Before any client retains one of our lawyers, he or she will have an exceptionally clear idea of what the potential range of costs and fees will be in his or her case. Again, every case and individual is unique. We make every effort to work with our clients in coming to acceptable terms of representation.
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To learn more about our fee structures and how they may impact your case, speak with us. Contact us online or call 1-888-311-2016 to schedule a free and confidential meeting to discuss your case.