With hourly billing, we ask for a standard Advanced Fee Deposit ("retainer") which we hold in Trust until we do the work. At the end of each month, you receive a bill, which you are expected to pay that month, in order to keep the Advanced Fee Deposit at its original level. Think of the Advanced Fee Deposit as a "security deposit", much like you would pay for an apartment. When your legal matter is finalized, we will return your Advanced Fee Deposit to you.
With flat rate billing, we will give you a total price up front, and then break that price down based into stages that will occur in your case. You will prepay prior to each stage. If your case resolves prior to the next event, you are not financially responsible for the remainder of the case. The quoted price for each stage will never increase, regardless of the time that we spend on that stage. This allows you to manage your budget and help control your costs. We won't charge extra for phone calls, e-mails, or postage, like many attorneys do.
Your legal issue is probably the single most important thing in your life right now. It might be terrifying, sad, exciting, nerve-wracking, or happy; however you feel, you probably don't want to think about the money involved.
The first thing that you need to ask yourself is, "Am I in a position to afford private counsel?" Consider your options. Can you use money from savings, or use a credit card? Can you get a loan from family members? Do you have any retirement funds, like a 401(k) that you can access? Will this be written off as a business expense?
We can assure you that The Crowe Law Office will never charge Seattle prices. We work and live in Yelm, and understand you, our customer base.
That is why we are pleased to offer two different options to help you pay for your legal matter: hourly billing and flat rate billing.