Anderson:

A: 3737 S. Scatterfield Rd., Suite 200, Anderson, Indiana 46013

P: (765) 640-1330


Indianapolis:

A: 10475 Crosspoint Blvd., Suite 234, Indianapolis, Indiana 46256

P: (317) 793-2015

Monthly Archives: November 2016

Bankruptcy

Beeman Law attorneys represent consumers in Chapter 7 and 13 bankruptcy cases.  Filing bankruptcy can help a person by discharging debt or making a plan to repay certain debts.

While nobody wants to be in position where they have to file bankruptcy, many of our bankruptcy clients are left with no other choice with a significant amount of medical bills, credit card debt, or a large legal judgment.

If you are contemplating bankruptcy, feel free to call Beeman Law.  We offer a free consultation in both Anderson and Indianapolis regarding a potential bankruptcy for individuals or couples.

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Government Law

Beeman Laws provides representation to numerous municipalities and/or governmental entities in Indiana. Whether it is a routine budgetary issue or a complex novel issue of financing or employment law, Beeman Law attorneys have the experience to provide accurate and sound advice.

Beeman Law attorneys have also represented officials, candidates, and political parties and organizations.

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Our Fees and Payment Arrangements

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.

Hourly Rate

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.

Flat Fee

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.

Contingency Fee

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

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.

Payment

Beeman Law accepts cash, money orders, checks, and all major credit cards, including American Express.


Filing Fees

Indiana State Courts

In Indiana state courts, filing fees are established in the Indiana Code by the Indiana General Assembly.  These fees are changed from time-to-time.  A filing fee generally depends on the type of the action and the number of parties.  A filing fee can range from approximately $150 to $200 not taking into consideration the number of parties.

The Indiana Supreme Court Division of State Court Administration maintains a manual with an up-to-date compilation of all the court fees and costs which must be assessed by Indiana’s trial courts.  The manual can be accessed here.

Indiana Appellate Courts

Indiana’s appellate court filing fees are also established by the Indiana General Assembly and are from time-to-time changed.  These fees can range from $125 to $250.

The Clerk of the Appellate Courts maintains an up-to-date list of all appellate court fees and costs which may be accessed here.

Federal Courts in Indiana

Two federal districts cover Indiana: the Southern District of Indiana and the Northern District of Indiana.  Each district also has a bankruptcy court which has exclusive jurisdiction over bankruptcy cases: the Southern District of Indiana and the Northern District of Indiana.  Filing fees in these federal courts are established by the United States Congress and widely range.  Each court maintains schedules of filing fees and costs which can be accessed through the courts’ websites.

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THIS IS AN ADVERTISEMENT. This website is provided to you for informative purposes only and is not intended as legal advice you should act on alone, nor should it be considered a replacement for obtaining legal counsel and representation. The information on this website is not intended to create and use of this website alone does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Do not send confidential information to Beeman Law unless you have been authorized to by an attorney at Beeman Law.