Your initial meeting will be charged at the hourly rate of the attorney with whom you meet. Rates range from $255 – $450 per hour. After that, we charge the applicable hourly rate for each attorney or staff member handling your matter, and we record and bill our time in 1/10 of an hour increments. We charge for all the time spent by us on your behalf, which includes telephone calls and conferences, intra-office meetings regarding your matter, legal research, preparation of documents, travel, and review of any records you provide us.
Please note that while we do charge for certain overhead costs, itemized later, we do not charge for the following routine occurrences:
- regular postage
- photocopies made in our office
- local or long distance telephone calls or faxes
- word processing
The overhead costs that we do charge for include, but are not limited to, the following:
- computerized legal research
- messenger and other delivery fees, including overnight mail
- large document photocopy projects
- recording documents, court and other government filings
- investigation expenses
- consultants’ fees
Itemized statements showing services performed, time spent, billing rates and costs incurred are prepared as of the 25th of each month and are due upon receipt. To avoid a rebilling fee, payment must be received within 30 days. If you have any matters of concern, we encourage you to call before you pay the bill.
Most client matters require a retainer. The retainer amount depends on the type of project and anticipated costs. The retainer will be deposited into a client trust account, and will be applied monthly to legal fees and expenses incurred on your behalf. In most cases, we require that you maintain the initial retainer amount for the duration of our representation.
Because of the scope of work required with regard to forming California business entities, we are able to offer a fixed fee for typical entity formations. Third-party costs, such as government filing fees and taxes, are borne by the client and are billed separately.