What about Legal Fees?

A Word About Legal Fees

Everyone knows that legal services are expensive. How fees are determined is not so widely known. The fee for your particular case is not standardized and can only be determined after a careful interview and consultation where the facts specific to your case, your background, educational history, work history, mental health history, immigration status, security clearance issues, and numerous other variables are considered. Obviously, the facts of your case and your defense to the allegations against you are crucial considerations in determining the amount of your fee.

You are strongly cautioned to avoid choosing a lawyer whose main attribute is charging low fees or being the most inexpensive lawyer in town. James N. Papirmeister, Esq., is not that lawyer. Mr. Papirmeister will carefully consider all of the unique characteristics of your particular case and set a fee that is fair to you as the client and realistic when considering the resources needed to represent you effectively. This fee will take into consideration the time the attorney must spend on the case, the complexity of the case, the skill required, and the resources of Mr. Papirmeister's law firm that are required for the successful handling of your case.

In short, you should generally not call around to various lawyers and ask what each charges for a particular case. Except for very minor cases, a quality lawyer usually would not and should not quote you a fee over the phone. It takes a more extensive conversation and review of charging papers and other documentation to give an attorney enough information to set an appropriate fee. In addition, "one size" does not "fit all" when it comes to setting legal fees. Two different people charged with the exact same offense, may have dramatically different circumstances and the fee in the more complex case, can be twice, three or even four times the cost of the simpler case. It benefits both the lawyer and the client to have an in-depth conversation and review of documentation, in order for an appropriate fee to be determined.

On the other hand, our fees are generally very affordable, by most everyone, even persons with a relatively modest income or financial condition. They are considered very fair and reasonable in the industry and a very good value for the services rendered. We offer payment plans, and accept personal checks, MasterCard, Visa, and Discover, and most any other traditional form of payment. Most people find that they actually can afford the fees for quality legal services, especially when offered a payment plan, or other flexible terms. At your initial consultation, you'll be able to discuss the fees, any need for a payment plan, and all terms of your fee agreement.

If you are unable to come to one of Mr. Papirmeister's offices personally, due to your confinement in a jail, your living out-of-state, your health condition, or any other reason, there are many other ways to have this in-depth consultation.

Please contact the Law Offices of James N. Papirmeister, Esq. to schedule a free initial consultation, or to make an alternative arrangement to discuss your case.