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Victor M. Perez, Attorney at Law
1304 W. Center Avenue
Visalia, CA 93291
Phone: (559) 625-2626
Fixed-Price Services and Fees: Felony prices depend on the charge ($3,500 and up, retainers depending on completion).
Hourly Rates: $250
Free Initial Consultation? Consultations are $40 for the first 30 minutes, thereafter the amount is billed at the attorney's hourly rate.
Typical Retainer: $5,000
Typical Contingency Fee: 25%
There is no such thing as a "standard fee". Clients and attorneys negotiate fees based on several factors, including the lawyer's overhead and reputation, the type of legal problem, and what other local lawyers charge for similar work. There may be a local "going rate" for a certain type of job such as doing a trademark search, handling an eviction, filing a bankruptcy, or preparing a living trust. But there will still be lawyers who charge more and those who charge less.
Hourly fee. It's most common to pay lawyers by the hour. If you're paying by the hour, you need to know:
Flat fee. For some well-defined tasks, such as writing a simple will, a lawyer may charge a flat fee. Just be sure you know what's included in the basic fee and what's not.
Contingency fee. A contingency fee arrangement is one in which the lawyer gets paid only if you win your lawsuit. Contingency fees are often used in personal injury and employment cases. Again, it pays to talk with more than one attorney.
If you're asked to agree to a contingency fee, you need to know:
Also, find out who will pay for miscellaneous expenses such as court fees, fees charged by experts, process servers or stenographers, copying costs, travel expenses, or messenger fees. (These costs can really mount up if a case goes all the way to trial.) If you must pay for some or all of them—and it's common for the client to do so—find out when you'll be expected to pay them. Some lawyers in contingency fee cases will front the money for costs. If the client wins, the lawyer is reimbursed from the award, but a client who loses has to figure out some way to pay back the lawyer.
Contingency fees reflect the fact that there can be a lot of uncertainty in litigation, and the
lawyer is taking a chance on your case, including fronting the costs and spending significant amounts of time. A contingency fee can be a good deal for you when the attorney is actually taking a big risk. A contingency fee may be less advantageous to you when it’s quite clear that you or your property were seriously injured and another person who is covered by insurance was at fault. You may want to talk with more than one attorney to see whether you can find someone who will work with you on an hourly basis or for a lower percentage.