How much does your attorney charge you per hour?

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Mise en Plase

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Dec 14, 2008
 
I am getting charged $225.00 per hour for family court. What is average?
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Dec 14, 2008
 
if you weren't doing stupid things and ready to sue for legal malpractice when you lose your case because you don't do what the attorney asks you to do or the facts of your case are not in your favor, then there would be no need to send you a copy of every letter sent out, and therefore no need to charge you for it.
Downtown Jimmy Brown

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Dec 14, 2008
 
$300.00/hour, and you have to take their word for it the've worked on your case for "x" amount of hours. Bottom line... they screw you most of the time.
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Dec 22, 2008
 
Mise en Plase wrote:
I am getting charged $225.00 per hour for family court. What is average?
200.00 for family court. I was charged for a fax..... Whos your laywer?
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Dec 22, 2008
 
in this day in age where everyone sues for everything, when clients are quick to sue for ineffective counsel and legal malpractice, many attorneys will send you more information so that you can't easily sue over some petty issue (e.g. you call 30 times a day and don't always get a return phone call), you get charged. Lawyers gotta eat too. It's funny how everyone expects a lawyer to work for free. I'm surprised lawyers don't start treating their clients similarly when using their clients' services.
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Dec 22, 2008
 
well wrote:
in this day in age where everyone sues for everything, when clients are quick to sue for ineffective counsel and legal malpractice, many attorneys will send you more information so that you can't easily sue over some petty issue (e.g. you call 30 times a day and don't always get a return phone call), you get charged. Lawyers gotta eat too. It's funny how everyone expects a lawyer to work for free. I'm surprised lawyers don't start treating their clients similarly when using their clients' services.
No one expects a lawyer to work for free but the price is way over the top and puts people at a lower income at a serious disadvantage. I personally think that if someone is considered to have a good paying job if they make 30/hour, and anyone would agree that is good around here, then how can ANY profession justify being paid TEN times that much? I could see 100/hour max. What the going rate is around here IS ridiculous for our area. When you consider the average income around here... that is just crazy.
And when the county thinks you should only get 75/hour when you are appointed, well then, how does that jump to 300 when someone has a job and has to pay?
Not to mention the problem it causes when the lawyers do their appointed cases less adequately because they are getting paid SO MUCH less then their normal rate. It fosters the attitude in them that they are wasting their time and losing money with those clients, which leads to them getting represented poorly.
superman

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Dec 22, 2008
 
150. is the norm.per hr
Betty Boop

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Dec 22, 2008
 
Let's get some names of attorney's that we can afford to use!
Successful Single guy

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Dec 22, 2008
 
What wrote:
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No one expects a lawyer to work for free but the price is way over the top and puts people at a lower income at a serious disadvantage. I personally think that if someone is considered to have a good paying job if they make 30/hour, and anyone would agree that is good around here, then how can ANY profession justify being paid TEN times that much? I could see 100/hour max. What the going rate is around here IS ridiculous for our area. When you consider the average income around here... that is just crazy.
And when the county thinks you should only get 75/hour when you are appointed, well then, how does that jump to 300 when someone has a job and has to pay?
Not to mention the problem it causes when the lawyers do their appointed cases less adequately because they are getting paid SO MUCH less then their normal rate. It fosters the attitude in them that they are wasting their time and losing money with those clients, which leads to them getting represented poorly.
Great point.
I've found that most attorney's in this area are lazy. With that, they do carry alot of overhead, ie loans from law school, secretary, legal library, office space, etc. It is a business.

They do take those appointed cases because most have to. And when they do get a client that is capable of paying for good service, they take advantage of it, and milk it.
Time and Time again, particularly with divorces and child custody they string it out to trail, hitting each party with motion after motion to ring up the bill; then at the last minute before trial, they force you to settle. Reason is they would rather take a bird in the hand than two in the bush. Most all are afraid to go to trial and end up not getting paid. Its a racket.

Guys to go to:
These guys are no nonsense. They give you 100% as long as you pay them. They are client advocates all very honorable and smart.

Dan Cohen
Dave Diodati
Dave Giglio
Lou Gigliotti
Mike Desantis
Gordon and Levitt
Mark Jonas
Bill Calli
Herb Cully

Run when you see these guys:
they only thing they will do you is take your money. Total inept by any professional standard.
Schysters

Tom Atkinson
Les Lewis
Richard Wolf
Don Gerace
Stewart Finer

The unfortubate thing with legal counsel is that you don't get what you pay for.

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Been there

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Dec 22, 2008
 
Successful Single guy wrote:
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Great point.
I've found that most attorney's in this area are lazy. With that, they do carry alot of overhead, ie loans from law school, secretary, legal library, office space, etc. It is a business.
They do take those appointed cases because most have to. And when they do get a client that is capable of paying for good service, they take advantage of it, and milk it.
Time and Time again, particularly with divorces and child custody they string it out to trail, hitting each party with motion after motion to ring up the bill; then at the last minute before trial, they force you to settle. Reason is they would rather take a bird in the hand than two in the bush. Most all are afraid to go to trial and end up not getting paid. Its a racket.
Guys to go to:
These guys are no nonsense. They give you 100% as long as you pay them. They are client advocates all very honorable and smart.
Dan Cohen
Dave Diodati
Dave Giglio
Lou Gigliotti
Mike Desantis
Gordon and Levitt
Mark Jonas
Bill Calli
Herb Cully
Run when you see these guys:
they only thing they will do you is take your money. Total inept by any professional standard.
Schysters
Tom Atkinson
Les Lewis
Richard Wolf
Don Gerace
Stewart Finer
The unfortubate thing with legal counsel is that you don't get what you pay for.
I stand by my lists. Can't wait for the comments
I found that happened in my case too, gave two thousand dollars to an attorney only to have them pressure me (law guardian and other attorney AND my attorney) when we were about to go to trial because it was going to cost me more money (billed at that point) and he knew I didn't have any more money. Hindsight is 20/20 of course. Learned the hard way. Since you hit the nail on the head here I think you have a good odea what you are talking about and I will take your advice on choice of attorneys. Thanks for giving useful advice...
Slater Ruled

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Dec 22, 2008
 
$125 if you know the right people
well

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Dec 23, 2008
 
What wrote:
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No one expects a lawyer to work for free but the price is way over the top and puts people at a lower income at a serious disadvantage. I personally think that if someone is considered to have a good paying job if they make 30/hour, and anyone would agree that is good around here, then how can ANY profession justify being paid TEN times that much? I could see 100/hour max. What the going rate is around here IS ridiculous for our area. When you consider the average income around here... that is just crazy.
And when the county thinks you should only get 75/hour when you are appointed, well then, how does that jump to 300 when someone has a job and has to pay?
Not to mention the problem it causes when the lawyers do their appointed cases less adequately because they are getting paid SO MUCH less then their normal rate. It fosters the attitude in them that they are wasting their time and losing money with those clients, which leads to them getting represented poorly.
And you think it ends with lawyers? Hello! We need health insurance to cover the cost of even one visit to the doctor's office, let along anything else!
If you want to blame lawyers for charging so much, then blame the law schools for being so ridiculously expensive. While you're at it, blame the loan companies and Congress for not making it easier to repay the loans or offer incentives to go into public interest law (e.g. loan forgiveness).
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#15
Dec 23, 2008
 
you need to think about it like this. As long as people are willing to pay that much, that hourly rate is not absurd or out of line. It's not different than with cars. If everyone refused to buy a car because it's overpriced, then the price would plummet. Same concept here.
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Dec 23, 2008
 

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there is always Legal Aid Society for those unfortunate enough to not have the funds. They are great Lawyers there, that will care, and help.
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I have a legal plan and credit monitoring and I pay only 33.95 a month. There is strenght in numbers.
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Feb 3, 2009
 
The least I would charge as a new lawyer is $150 per hour. That's right out of law school. More experienced attorneys,$225+ per hour.
Considering it costs almost $200,000 to become a lawyer (4 year bachelor's degree, 3 year law degree, numerous tests, not working for 3 years while in law school), it's NOT too expensive.
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My lawyer charges $750./hr. You want the best you have to pay.
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Feb 3, 2009
 

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It depends on what services you are paying them for (family court, bankruptcy, business law, etc). Divorce is expensive, but it's expensive because it's worth the $$$ to get away from her!!!
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#21
Feb 4, 2009
 
but some services are fixed at flat fee, e.g. doing a will would cost $100, selling real estate 200 or 400 depending on the property being sold, etc. And of course if it is a tort action, 33-1/3% what you area awarded for your damages.
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Feb 4, 2009
 
Successful Single guy wrote:
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They do take those appointed cases because most have to.
This is the only part of your post I dispute.

Lawyers are encouraged to do pro bono work every so often but they are not required, nor are the required to serve as appointed counsel.

They have to volunteer and sign up for assigned appointments. In criminal matters, its called the "18b" panel, named after the particular statute that established payments for assigned counsel.

They also have to sign up for Family Court and Law Guardian appointments.

Otherwise, good post.

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