Beeman Law aims to provide individuals and businesses at every stage of their life and growth a full range of legal services in an efficient and cost-effective way.
Depending on the legal service, we offer multiple payment or billing arrangements for our attorney’s fees. The following are the different payment or billing arrangements Beeman Law has with its clients. Each case is different and the type of arrangement is based on a number of factors, including the nature of the service being provided, complexity of the case, and the financial resources of our client.
In an hourly rate arrangement, Beeman Law get paid based upon an agreed-upon hourly rate for time an attorney spends working on a client’s case. Hourly rates of Beeman Law attorneys vary based on the attorney’s experience, the nature of the service, but may be reduced based on the financial resources of our client. In some cases, we will our paralegals and support staff at a reduced hourly rate.
In most hourly rate cases, Beeman Law requires an advance fee or retainer. The amount of the advance fee or retainer varies based on the complexity of the case, expected hours required, and the financial resources of our client. In many estate administration cases, Beeman Law waives any advance fee or retainer.
In a flat fee arrangement, Beeman Law requires its clients to pay a certain amount, a flat fee. Flat fees are typically reserved for services which are either simple or where Beeman Law can with greater certainty determine the amount of hours its attorney will spend on any one service. Beeman Law regularly offers flat fee arrangements for estate planning, bankruptcy, and business formation.
The flat fee arrangement may include or exclude coverage for certain services and expenses. For example, a bankruptcy flat fee arrangement generally covers the filing of the petition, development of a Ch. 13 plan, the creditor’s meeting, but does not cover, for example, motions to abandon certain property or to avoid judicial liens.
A flat fee is usually paid in full but in circumstances it may be paid in part. Expenses (see below) are generally not covered by Beeman Law in a flat fee arrangement.
In a contingency fee arrangement, Beeman Law receives a fixed or scaled percentage of any proceeds, recovery, or settlement in a case brought by our client. Contingency fee arrangements are generally only appropriate where the outcome is expected to be entirely monetary or the damages are monetizable.
In most contingency fee arrangements, Beeman Law requires an advance fee or retainer to cover expected expenses. The amount of the advance fee or retainer varies based on the complexity of the case, expected hours required, and the financial resources of our client. Expenses (see below) are generally not covered by Beeman Law in a contingency fee arrangement.
Partial Contingency Fee
A partial contingency fee arrangement is when Beeman Law receives portion of its hourly rate or a flat fee plus a reduced fixed or scaled percentage of any proceeds, recovery, or settlement in a case brought by our client. In other words, a partial contingency fee arrangement is a mixed of either an hour rate or flat fee arrangement and contingency fee arrangement. Expenses (see below) are generally not covered by Beeman Law in a partial contingency fee arrangement.
Legal Plans/Legal Insurance
Some Beeman Law clients are a member of a legal plan or legal insurance. Each legal plan or legal insurance policy differs significantly. If you have a legal plan or legal insurance, you can call our office to see if Beeman Law covers services under your particular legal plan or legal insurance policy.
Expenses relating to a legal service differ significantly based on the legal service and the specific circumstances of the case. Litigation is generally more complex but certain litigation cases can be as simple as drafting a power of attorney where very few expenses are anticipated.
The following expenses are common:
- Filing fees and court costs, including electronic filing fees
- Service of process
- Postage, including for certified or registered mailings
- Long distance phone and fax charges
- Copying charges
- Certified court copies
- Docket access fees
- Experts (e.g. forensic document examiner) or other professionals (e.g. accountant)
- Subpoena-related costs
- Witness fees
- Transcript costs
- Travel and lodging
Expenses are generally billed to our clients at cost or at a set rate.
Beeman Law accepts cash, money orders, checks, and all major credit cards, including American Express.