In accordance with the Code of Professional Ethics for Connecticut attorneys, the specific terms of our representation (including fee structure) are clearly set forth in a written engagement letter we prepare for each new client. The following summary, however, will provide you with some general information regarding our customary billing practices and procedures.
Fees for legal representation are charged at our established hourly time charges for our attorneys and paraprofessional employees. Hourly time charges for our personnel include, but is not limited to, telephone conferences, office conferences, negotiations, attendance at meetings, legal research, review of file materials and documents sent or received, drafting and revision of legal documents, correspondence, office memoranda and travel.
Statements showing accumulated time charges and disbursements are submitted each month, with the balance due within ten days following receipt of the statement. In the event a statement remains unpaid by you for more than ten days, the firm may suspend further representation until suitable payment arrangements have been made. At its option, the firm may also charge interest upon balances that remain unpaid for more than ten days.
Clients are also responsible for payment of all direct expenses the firm incurs on the client’s behalf in connection with the rendering of legal services, such as federal, state and local filing fees, printing charges, postage and overnight delivery charges, telephone and fax charges, copying, overnight delivery and other related incidental expenses. Detailed summaries of such expenses are included on the monthly billing statements. It is also our policy to require direct payment be made by the client of all expenses expected to exceed $25.00.
Because of the risks attendant upon any engagement, we normally request that new clients establish a retainer account with us. The amount of the retainer will be determined after we have had an opportunity to consider the nature and extent of the work that will be required. At such time as our work is completed (or at such earlier time as we feel the account is no longer required), the remainder of the retainer account balance will be applied against any outstanding balances, with the balance refunded to the client.
Please feel free to contact us if you have any specific questions regarding our billing practices and procedures.
The information you obtain at this site is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for individual advice regarding your own situation.
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