Payment Terms & Conditions
We will submit a billing statement to you on a monthly basis. Expenses will be separately stated on the bill. Our billing statements are due and payable upon receipt and are overdue if not paid within thirty days from the date of the statement. You are responsible for payment of all legal fees and expenses, regardless of whether or not any money is recovered on your behalf through a settlement or judgment. To the extent we are successful in recovering money, settlement or judgment on your behalf, all legal fees and expenses not previously paid by you will be deducted from the gross amount recovered in the settlement or judgment. We will provide you with a summary statement listing these deductions at the time of any payment.
Fees are based upon factors prescribed by the American Bar Association Code of Professional Responsibility to be considered as guides when determining the reasonableness of fees for legal services. These factors include (1) the time and labor required, the novelty and difficulty of the question involved, and the skill required to perform the legal services properly; (2) the fee customarily charged in the locality for similar legal services; (3) the amount involved in the controversy and the results obtained; (4) the time limitation imposed by the client or by the circumstances; (5) the nature and length of the professional relationship with the client; and (6) the experience, reputation, and ability of the lawyer or lawyers performing the services.
It is our policy to describe services performed in a detailed manner so that you may be able to understand fully the services and the charges. If there are any questions relating to the services or the charges, we will be pleased to discuss them with you at the earliest possible time after receipt of the billing statement, since the matters will be freshest in our memory at that time. Accordingly, you agree to notify us in writing or email within 30 days of receiving our billing statement if you dispute any entry for legal services or charges on any billing statement. In the absence of any written objections thereto within 30 days of your receipt of a billing statement, you will be deemed to have accepted and acknowledged the billing statement as correct through the period covered by the billing statement.
From time to time, it is necessary to adjust our hourly rates to compensate for increased experience factors or for inflationary cost increases in our economy. We will, of course, notify you of such adjustments.
Questions related to our payment terms and conditions should be directed to the Director of Finance at 860.651.1333.