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Syracuse, NY

#24 Feb 4, 2009
for the people wrote:
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.
They take medicaid?

San Antonio, TX

#25 Feb 4, 2009
How much should a brand new lawyer charge for a will? Somebody suggested $100 but that seems WAY TOO LOW. What about $250?$400? I am just out of law school and have no idea what to charge...

Baldwinsville, NY

#26 Feb 5, 2009
Charge whatever you want, as long as it is in line with what other attorneys in your area charge for the same service. If you want to attrach business, just as any other businessman, undercut your competition a little.

If you know how to draft the documents, and what has to be done with it, it doesn't matter how long you've been practicing.

Holland Patent, NY

#27 Feb 6, 2009
what is your freedom worth? what is your driving privilages worth? what is your child worth? what is it worth making sure your belongings go where you desire when you die? if you can put a price of any of the above, then you do the legal work yourself and save your money.

Bronx, NY

#28 Apr 13, 2009
I hired a lawyer for a violation case against me. noncustodial parent sued me that I did not pay for child care expenses. the order did not technicality include anything that I shld pay her any child care expenses when child is visiting with her. The other only said child care expenses will be apportioned 70% to noncustodial parent and 30% to custodial parent and that noncustodial parent should pay 30% of the money to the custodial parent.

During the violation case, I argued with my lawyer, that there is nothing stating that i shld pay child care, she said I owe the money and shld settle the case by paying, I listened.

There was also a modification case, but the violation was settled through an agreement. The modification case went to trial, SM instituted into the new order the terms that 'custodial parent' shld pay 70% of child care to noncustodial parent during visitation and noncustodial parent shld pay 30% of child care to custodial parent when child is with custodial parent".

Since, I still felt it was wrong, I asked my lawyer to submit a written objection; he told me I will not prevail and that I shld let the matter die.

I rejected his advice and submitted a written objections on my own.

Guess what? I prevailed...It came out that I was right all the time..CSSA only allowed child care payments if the "custodial parent" is working or schooling....the other party argued that she is the custodial parent when the child is visiting, but that argument fell flat.

Now, I am happy I won but...Though the agreement was quoted in my objections i.e. I said it was an amount I should not have paid..but I did not specifically asked that the agreement be invalidated based on the law. note that, the new order also incorporated the terms of the agreement but I specifically objected to the new order and the Judge indicated based on the law & case files, child care expenses are only due when a custodial parent is working or schooling..

In have read case laws that tend to indicate that if an agreement is in invalid, you are not limited to the 30 days objection/appeal window; you can refute it anytime any day even 5 years down the run and you will win, mainly because it was never suppose to be in the first place. But I have never seen anyone getting a recovery in terms on money back despite the wrong agreement. I know there is a public polices against recovery of child support payments; but the public policy is not against recovery on "add-on expenses" like child care.

So, expect someone thinks otherwise, my chances of recovery from noncustodail is slim but what about from my Attorney who shld have know better?
want to know

Camillus, NY

#29 Apr 14, 2009
AAP wrote:
How much should a brand new lawyer charge for a will? Somebody suggested $100 but that seems WAY TOO LOW. What about $250?$400? I am just out of law school and have no idea what to charge...
I work for an atty office and we charge $795 for a base will plan -will, HCP and POA
Learned my Lesson


#30 Apr 15, 2009
Betty Boop wrote:
Let's get some names of attorney's that we can afford to use!
What you can afford to PAY and what you can afford to LOSE are two different things. Don't go with a flat rate fee -- if there are complications, you won't get much extra help because the lawyer won't make any extra money. Avoid Radio and TV attorneys, too. Busy lawyers are good lawyers and don't usually have to advertise.

Locke, NY

#31 Apr 15, 2009
want to know wrote:
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I work for an atty office and we charge $795 for a base will plan -will, HCP and POA
You, or rather your bosses, are robbing your clients, but if you can get it more power to you. Your clients, if they have half a brain, could download the same documents for nothing.
Frank Rizzo

Syracuse, NY

#32 Apr 15, 2009
What wrote:
<quoted text>
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.
I'll tell you why retard. Because it costs $40,000 a year to go to college/grad school X 7 years to obtain a law degree. Don't blame the lawyers, they charge what they have to. They start their career $250,000-$350,000 in the hole. You can choose to pay a lawyer $300 per hour - or pay the consequences to NOT be represented - the choice is yours.

A better question is why some dipshat auto mechanic at Steet Toyota charges $90.00 per hour.
Johnny Gigliamilia

Syracuse, NY

#33 Apr 15, 2009
Hey if I am too stupid to actually earn decent money, of course, I am going to begrudge some lawyer getting paid. Afterall, when he says stuff that makes sense to me and I knew it already, why should I have to pay for that. Now my plumber at $70/hr., a fireman at $70/hr (1000 hours at $70k/yr); Mr. Goodrench $90/hr and on an on. Those people they have real jobs. They are smart. Really smart. Not like those lawyers. If I have to pay a lawyer 25 times what I get paid per hour, they should be able to shine me up and make me look good so that some judge or jury finds me appealing and gives me whatever I want.

I'm from Oneida County where education and qualifications don't mean anything.
The reason

Camillus, NY

#34 Apr 15, 2009
The reason we have to pay for lawyers is that the judges won't listen to the small guy and you need the lawyer to say exactly what you would have said but so the judge will actually listen. They think you are too stupid to speak for yourselves.
want to know

Camillus, NY

#36 Apr 16, 2009
Know wrote:
<quoted text>
You, or rather your bosses, are robbing your clients, but if you can get it more power to you. Your clients, if they have half a brain, could download the same documents for nothing.
Hey, I just work there. I have no control over the fees. Long as I get a paycheck every week......

Utica, NY

#37 Aug 8, 2013
superman wrote:
150. is the norm.per hr
It is fairly standard practice for professionals who charge by the hour to charge 2.5 - 3 times as much as they are looking to make per hour. A lawyer that charges 300/hr is really only making about 100-125/hr. The rest goes to office expenses(rent, secretary, phone, heat, electricity...), insurance, nonchargeable hours and so on.

I agree that it seams like a lot when your the one paying, I cant afford it. And too often lawyers take advantage of their clients. But that is the cost of doing business in an ever more expensive world.

Utica, NY

#38 Aug 8, 2013
175.00 per hour

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