Yes. We can price certain services at an agreed upon rate based upon the projected amount of time a client wants us to spend.
Yes. Under certain circumstances, we will work on a contingency basis. This means you don’t pay unless we win, but it also means we get a certain percentage (usually between 30% and 40%) of anything extra we get you on top of what you were offered by the employer, plus disbursements and all costs awarded.
You can ask us anytime! But, we will always send you an invoice every month.
For example, a simple notice period case which may only require a day or less of mediation plus a few hours of preparation would cost about $3,000 (i.e. about 10 hours of work from the initial consultation to resolution).
Dutton will always estimate the cost of your matter before proceeding.
Our rates are extremely competitive with similar sized firms. As well, our rates are significantly lower than that of the big old fashioned firms.
Yes. When we work on behalf of employees, on a final bill, we charge 10% of all funds recovered in excess of an employer’s original offer, or the total hourly fees worked on the file, whichever is greater – never both. If we elect to charge the client based on the aforementioned 10% of all extra funds awarded model, we will refund all hourly rate charges already paid by the client.
Note: We will not use a hybrid model when we are working on pure contingency fee based model.
Disbursements are case related out of pocket expenses incurred by the firm but paid by the client. For example, the government charges $181.00 to launch a lawsuit. This would be paid by the client as a disbursement.
After trial, a court will usually force the losing side to pay a portion or all of the winning side’s costs.
The law firm bills the client every month and then withdraws its pay from the retainer based on the number of hours worked.
Retainers are refundable if the funds have not been used. As well, retainers need to be refilled if they run out.
Call us for your free 15 minute consultation. We would be happy to answer a few questions and refer you to service providers who can help.