With flat rate billing, you know what to expect upfront. We break down each service and all stages pertinent to your case and give you a total price before we begin. You will only be financially responsible for stages that occur in your specific 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.
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.
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.