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Attorney-at-Law ♦ Counselor ♦ Trial Advocate

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Fees in general


The  six subtabs above — in the light yellow tabs, beginning with "Fee negotiations" — will take you to webpages that explain my philosophy, policies, and practices on fees and expenses.

 

There's no perfect fee arrangement that fits all clients and all disputes. My starting place is always the list of factors specified in Rule 1.04 of the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct. Within those broad guidelines, there are several different types of fee arrangements that can make good economic sense for both lawyer and client. 

 

Two categorical statements about fees in my law practice:

 
  • Initial consultations are always free; and
 
  • My meter only starts running when my new client and I have have deliberately and jointly turned it on.  The client does that by counter-signing a formal engagement letter that I've custom-tailored to document our mutual commitments.