Yes. Rob accepts debit cards and credit cards via LawPay’s secure online portal (LawPay is a widely used method for lawyers to accept payments). Rob accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. He can email a secure payment link to you, or he can process your payment over the phone if that is easier for you.
When cases involve personal injury, medical malpractice or nursing home/elder abuse, Rob does not charge a retainer.
With other types of cases, a retainer is not always required. For instance, in many situations, a client simply wants to know what their legal rights/obligations are, whether they have a case or liability exposure, and what their options are regarding a matter. When this happens, Rob can usually offer to review the relevant documents and have a follow-up conversation with the client for a fixed-fee. During that follow-up conversation, Rob will candidly explain the strengths/weaknesses he sees and lay out the available options. Also, with select business/commercial litigation matters, Rob will accept the case using a contingency fee.
Yes. Rob will send you copies of all relevant documents as your case progresses. Also, he will discuss strategy with you on a regular basis, and at any time, you may call or email Rob with any questions. There are no bad questions. Rob is here for you.
Yes. After having the initial consultation with Rob, if you do not move forward with him, he will be happy to provide you with a referral.
Creative Fee Arrangements
Some law firms only offer one method of billing for their services, and that may work for them.
Rob realizes that providing legal services is not a “one size fits all” approach.
In some cases, the client may prefer to budget their attorney’s fees, whereas, in other cases, the client may prefer a different approach.
Rob offers flexible pricing and creative fee arrangements depending upon the specific circumstances of each case, i.e., fixed-fee, contingency fee, hourly fee or blended fee (a blended fee is a lower contingency fee combined with a lower hourly rate).
Unlike many law firms, Rob frequently offers fixed-fees to handle an entire case or perform a particular task, i.e., a demand letter for a client.
With a contingency fee (percentage fee) case, you only pay attorney’s fees if there is a recovery of money on your case. In a contingency fee case, any attorney fee is calculated/based upon the gross amount recovered, and then, any case expenses and liens are deducted from the recovery. Stated another way, if there is a recovery, the contingency fee is calculated before the case expenses and any liens are deducted and before the client’s share is received. If you owe liens associated with your case (i.e., a medical lien owed to a hospital), Rob will negotiate with that hospital in an effort to get them to reduce their lien, and any savings based upon that reduction goes to the client. As an example (this is purely for illustrative purposes, as each case is different):
Less contingency fee of 1/3: $30,000
Less reimbursement of costs advanced by our firm: $5,000
Less payment of medical lien: $5,000 (Note: if that lien was $8,000, and our firm negotiated a reduction down to $5,000, our firm does not charge an attorney fee on that $3,000 written off by the medical provider)
Client share: $50,000
With all of the pricing methods outlined above, any case expenses associated with Rob’s legal representation are separate from attorney’s fees, and the case expenses (i.e., court filing fees, etc.) are the client’s responsibility regardless of the outcome of the case.
Rob will work extremely hard on your case, but regardless of the legal issues involved, he cannot guarantee the outcome of any matter.