Michael Large, Lawyer
Frequently Asked Questions:
Question: What are your rates?
Answer: I aim to keep my overhead low and my rates reasonable. My usual rate ranges from $220 to $300 per hour, depending largely on the urgency and complexity of the work. In some cases, a higher or lower rate may apply. For example, if a government entity is subject to a prescribed rate for outside legal services (by law, regulation, or policy), and if I agree to act for that entity, then the prescribed rate would apply.
Question: When does the clock on your fees start to tick?
Answer: I take care to avoid unpleasant surprises, especially when billing clients for services. If you give me a call or drop me a note to discuss your file or my engagement in a preliminary way, you won't receive a bill for those discussions. I start the clock only after I'm formally engaged on a file, and then only after I've actually started work on it.
Question: Do you require any payment up-front?
Answer: No. I work with clients who pay their bills promptly, so I don't ask for any payment in advance. This way, I can avoid the use of trust accounts, greatly simplifying the administration of my practice.
Question: How do I formally engage your services?
Answer: Basically, you and I would agree in writing that I have been engaged as your lawyer on a particular file. I prefer to use a "Standing Retainer" letter. We would sign that letter just once, then sign one-page Call-ups to add specific matters to my services mandate.
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