For most individuals, hiring a lawyer can be an extremely daunting task because they have never had to do so before. Price is often the biggest concern as most people have little idea what a lawyer costs beyond the estimate of “a lot.”
At Devry Smith Frank LLP (DSF) we are committed to not only making legal representation accessible to more people but also ensuring the costs to you are transparent and understandable. To take the mystery out of legal billing, this is our breakdown of legal fees and cost at DSF
Some people mistakenly think of legal representation as a service similar to a mechanic, but there are few similarities with this. A mechanic, for nearly every job, has an accurate guideline of how many hours a certain service will take and what parts will be needed. This allows for an accurate cost up front.
A lawyer has to deal with far more variables because they are working to fix situations involving humans, not cars. If someone raises arguments or grievances late into the case, or if new information is found, this can impact how long the case takes and how much it costs.
These other variables will also impact the final costs of hiring a lawyer:
The hourly costs for lawyers can vary greatly with everything from $100/hour to $1000/ hour being common. When choosing a lawyer, this is rarely a time to be searching for a bargain. Generally, a lawyer making upwards of $300/hour is one who has experience and that experience can save you far more in the long run.
Not only is an experienced lawyer able to get you a better settlement, they are also likely to be able to resolve certain issues more quickly. What might take a $100/hour lawyer 3 hours to do, could take a $300/hour lawyer only 1. This ends up costing you the same amount but saving you time overall.
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