LAW OFFICE OF JANE E. BEDNAR - Attorneys - Mediators

Fees and Billing

We offer various fee structures depending on the nature of your case. 

Our fee arrangements fall into three general categories:

Contingency Fee

For all personal injury matters, and many elder financial abuse matters, we represent clients on a percentage fee basis. 

In all contingency fee matters, we will ask you to pay the initial court filing fee, or to complete and sign an application for waiver of court fees, if the matter must be filed in court. Generally, we will advance the costs of prosecuting your case, although exceptions may apply depending on the individual facts of your case. 

In a contingency fee matter, we do not earn a fee unless we recover a monetary or other benefit for you.

Hourly Fee

In cases where fees will be charged by the hour for work performed, our fee structure is as follows:

Attorney hourly rate:              $395
Paralegal hourly rate:             $150

Our staff time is billed in minimum increments of .1 hour (one-tenth of an hour). Higher minimums apply to some services. We bill on a monthly basis and require payment for each invoice within 15 days of issuance. 

In most hourly fee matters, we will ask you for an advance deposit for fees ("retainer") based on the nature of your case. We will ask for replenishment of the advance deposit when it is drawn down to a specified amount.  

We are committed to bill fairly and to discuss your options and provide our best estimate of the cost for each option. Estimates are not guarantees, however, and the total cost for your matter depends on many variables. 

Fixed Fee (Flat Rate)

In some cases we may be able to offer you the option of paying a flat rate for services. If we offer you this option, the flat rate will not include payment of costs incurred in your matter. In a fixed fee matter, one-half to 100% of the total fee is payable in advance before the attorney is obligated to provide legal services.  

The above information is a general guideline only and does not constitute an offer of representation on any particular fee basis. Please call to schedule an initial consultation to discuss the specifics of your case.

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