FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
Thank you for considering Schurman and Winters Law Firm, P.A. If you decide to contact us, we look forward to meeting with you and discussing your case with you. We hope that the following information will help you understand our role as your attorney.
We charge up to a maximum of $75.00 for an initial one-half hour conference.
The law office maintains a complete record of the legal work that we have done in connection with your case, together with the dates as to when the work was performed, and the amount of time spent on each matter. A statement will be periodically mailed to you for the work done on your case. Our bill will also include a list of any costs paid by the law office, such as filing fees, recording fees, abstract fees, and any expenses we incur on your behalf, such as long distance telephone calls, costs of photocopying, and mileage.
Telephone calls made to an attorney related to your case will ordinarily be charged to you, as well as telephone calls that an attorney makes to you. You will not be billed for calls where you only talk with the legal secretary.
You are encouraged to ask us questions about our fees at any time and particularly at our first office conference. We want you to fully understand what charges we will make to represent you. Our fee agreement will often be put in writing in order to avoid any misunderstanding.
Most of our legal work is billed on an hourly basis. The hourly rate for attorney fees is $145.00 per hour. In some cases, you will have to pay a down payment (which is called a retainer) to cover our fees and expenses before legal services are rendered. The minimum amount of this retainer is $500.00. The retainer may be higher depending on the type of case you are involved with.
Our estimates of fees are rough approximations of what our charges will likely be based upon our past experience. However, estimates do not include research work that may be needed, unanticipated developments in your case, litigation, or unexpected action to counter steps taken by the other party, or costs and expenses.
We will send you copies of all letters, documents, legal pleadings, and other materials that are received by the office or sent out regarding your case. We do our best to return client calls promptly. We will make every effort to keep you advised at all times regarding your case.
By law, a lawyer generally cannot be compelled to give information given to him by a client, unless the client agrees to allow the lawyer to do so. We know the importance of keeping our client's legal matter completely confidential. Any information given to us will not be disclosed without your permission.