Flat Fees: How It Works


Millar Law Firm, LLC offers FLAT FEES!

black_couple_with_computerHow It Works:

Flat fees are a total up-front, specific amount paid for a legal service and are not a function of traditional hourly billing rates billed against a pre-paid retainer.  Depending on the nature of your case, FLAT FEES can be as low as $500 per case.


Usually fees range from $500 to $1,500, excluding costs/expenses and appeals.  Why FLAT FEES?  So you know at the beginning of your case how much your lawyer is going to cost you.  Period.  There is no incentive then for the lawyer to needlessly prolong your case simply to hike up unnecessary hourly legal fees from you.  It is a pre-determined amount established at the beginning of the representation.
Installment payments can also be made through either your debit/credit card.  With installment payments, typically $500 – $1,000 is due at signing if your case is accepted (due via cash or money order) and $500-$1,000 due the next month(s) until paid in full (due via debit/credit).


If your case cannot be settled and must go to trial, there is an additional $500 due 30 days before the trial date.  However, it is Millar Law Firm, LLC’s policy to attempt a reasonable settlement of your case as expeditiously as possible.  In any event, even if your case goes to trial, your legal fees are capped at $2,000.


What do Millar Law Firm, LLC’s FLAT FEES not include?

Millar Law Firm, LLC’s FLAT FEES DO NOT include costs and expenses, which are due from you in advance, upon request by Millar Law Firm, LLC.  These costs and expenses include things like filing fees (usually around $150), service fees (usually around $50 – maybe more if a private process server is required) and deposition costs.  If needed (and they may not be given Millar Law Firm’s policy of attempting to settle your case as quickly as possible) deposition charges can be around $600 per deposition.  They may include around $300 for court reporter fees and around $300 for transcript fees.  Keep in mind, regardless of which attorney you chose, you will be responsible for paying these costs anyway …separately from your attorney.


BUT — Millar Law Firm, LLC DOES NOT charge for postage (other than certified mail, return receipt requested), long-distance telephone charges, cellular phone charges, photocopies, facsimile copies,  scanning charges, mileage, computerized legal research, phone call, emails or text messages!

Millar Law Firm, LLC’s FLAT FEES also DO NOT include any appeals.  Fees are for the settlement or trial of your case and DO NOT include any appeals you may want to file or the other party files against you after trial.  You will need to enter into a separate Attorney Employment Agreement with Millar Law Firm, LLC for any appellate work you wish for it to perform.


What Happens If I Can’t Pay or Miss a Payment?

Millar Law Firm, LLC gives you a 7-day grace period for which to make up any missed installment payments.  But you’ve got to pay your lawyer! And just like the phone or utility company shuts off your phone service or electricity for non-payment, if you fail to make a payment as required after the 7-day grace period, you authorize Millar Law Firm, LLC to cease working on your case until you make up your payment and/or withdraw from your representation if it so chooses.

What Happens if I Can’t Pay My Legal Costs/Expenses?

It is your case and your responsibility to pay any required costs, usually in advance.  If you can’t pay your legal expenses, you also authorize Millar Law Firm, LLC to withdraw from your representation if it so chooses.

Are Millar Law Firm, LLC’s Flat Fees Nonrefundable?

No! But, you should know that when Millar Law Firm, LLC meets and interviews you, it will take in sufficient information harmful to the opposing side, such that the firm will be conflicted out of and ethically prohibited from representing that opposing side (or any other interested parties) in the case. Because of that conflict and lost business opportunity, Millar Law Firm, LLC charges a substantial initial fee (the flat fee), which is deemed earned in full once the meeting and interview process is complete and your case is accepted.  The good news though is that because Millar Law Firm, LLC charges a flat fee, no other amounts for attorneys’ fees will be due after that initial payment is completed (unless your case goes to trial, in which case the additional $500 is due 30 days before the trial date.)

A copy of Millar Law Firm’s Attorney Employment Agreement can be downloaded here and you are invited to take a look and familiarize yourself with it ahead of time so you can be ready to ask any questions you may have about it.

Still Can’t Afford FLAT FEES? No Problem!

Millar Law Firm, LLC also offers UNBUNDLED LEGAL SERVICES, such as premium value consultations for only $100, document review for $250 and ghost-write/document preparation for $400!  Contact us for more details and to set up a plan to meet your needs.

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