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THE FIRM'S OBJECTIVE IS A REASONABLE FEE

     The determination of a reasonable fee is not a purely mechanical process in, for example, complex estate planning situations. Therefore, the firm may consider various factors in addition to an hourly based fee to determine what constitutes a reasonable fee. In accordance with the Legal Professionís ethical rules, the firm will consider the following factors in appropriate situations:    

(1)  the time and labor required, the novelty and difficulty of the questions involved, the skill requisite to perform the legal service properly;
(2)   the likelihood, if apparent to the client, that the acceptance of the particular employment will preclude other employment by the lawyer;
(3)   the fee customarily charged in the locality for similar legal services;
(4)   the amount involved and the results obtained;
(5) the time limitations imposed by the client or by the circumstances;
(6) the nature and length of the professional relationship with the client;
(7)   the experience, reputation, and ability of the lawyer or lawyers performing the services;
(8)   whether the fee is fixed or contingent; and
(9)  the terms of the fee agreement between the lawyer and the client, including whether the fee agreement or confirming writing demonstrates that the client had received a reasonable and fair disclosure of material elements of the fee agreement and of the lawyer's billing practices.

(See Rule 1.5 of the Washington State Rules of Professional Conduct)
 

 
 
 

     Clients often ask how legal fees are determined. This page provides a brief summary of how the firm determines fees.

     The firm generally provides an engagement letter to a client when the firm is hired. The engagement letter establishes the fee arrangement as well as other aspects of the clientís representation by the firm.

     The firm has a schedule of estimated fee ranges for various estate planning matters. Please refer to the ďFee Ranges" section of the firmís website for more information.
 

HOURLY FEES

     In general, the firm determines fees on an hourly basis. The attorney or legal assistantís hourly billing rate is multiplied by the number of hours or fractions of an hour to arrive at the fee for a particular matter. Determining a fee on an hourly basis generally results in a fee within the applicable estimated fee range.

FLAT FEES

     The firm also offers the alternative of a flat fee option in many situations, after the extent of the services to be provided has been agreed upon. Flat fees are not dependent upon the actual hours or billing rates. However, if the scope of the engagement changes or if additional work is required that neither the firm nor the client anticipated as part of the fee arrangement, the time incurred will be billed on an hourly basis.

Information found in this website is for general informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice or legal opinion on specific facts or circumstances.  Any results achieved for a client in one matter by this firm that might be referenced in this website does not necessarily indicate that similar results can be obtained for other clients.  You are urged to consult an experienced lawyer concerning your particular factual situation and any specific legal questions you may have.