3. What is the initial consultation fee? Ms. Baldwin allows a free brief 15 minute consultation to see if you wish to proceed and she can assist you. For a more involved consultation, Ms. Baldwin charges a fee of $175.00 for up to one-half hour and $375.00 for up to one hour of initial consultation. Payment of this fee is required at the time of the scheduling of the initial consultation.
If you cancel your appointment, your initial consultation fee will be returned to you, however if you have paid by credit card and you cancel the appointment you will be refunded your money less the credit card fee charged to Ms. Baldwin.
5. Can you quote how much a case will cost?
Absent extenuating circumstances affecting the course of completion of a matter, often attorneys can give clients a good range of what a matter might cost because they are experienced in that particular matter. However, giving an exact quote for a fee or cost of a legal matter is not good practice.
Unless a particular matter is a fixed maximum fee, Ms. Baldwin charges an hourly rate of $375.00 per hour. She informs clients about expenses that are typically incurred in the matter and notifies clients of any atypical expense. Ms. Baldwin endeavors to work diligently and efficiently to keep work progressing for the best and most efficient use of billing time so her clients are best served both with regard to their legal matter and their financial investment in hiring her.
Clients are billed regularly per the terms of the retainer agreement, so they can be aware and keep track of the legal fees and expenses incurred on an ongoing basis.