How We Charge

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The Law Office of Randy Merritt is committed to doing what it can to enable  access to legal assistance for all those who need it by offering legal services for fair and reasonable compensation. We will discuss which of the following fee arrangement that best fits your  specific circumstances during our initial consultation.

Hourly Rate

Most of our clients are not retaining us to pursue a legal claim against someone. Rather they need our services to address legal issues that arise outside the litigation context or retain us to defend them against claims brought against them.

In such circumstances, we charge based upon an hourly rate. Consistent with the law firms commitment to access to legal services, our rates are significantly lower than a typical hourly rate for a lawyer with more than 20 years of experience. As of June 30, 2019, our standard hourly rate is $300.

Contingency Fees

Many of our cases are taken on a contingency fee basis. This means that when you or your business have been harmed by the actions of another, we may agree to payment through a percentage of your recovery rather than payment based on an hourly rate. Our standard contingency fee is 40% of any recovery.

Our contingency fee is exclusive of costs. This means that, although you will not pay for any attorney fees out of your pocket, you will be responsible to pay for any costs charged by third parties. Examples of such costs include filing fees, mediation fees, deposition costs, court reporter fees.

We only take a case on contingency if we believe that you are likely to prevail and recover sufficient funds to compensate us with a fair and reasonable fee. If your case does not meet that requirement, you will need to pay for our services either through our hourly rates or a negotiated hybrid approach.

Hybrid Fees

In some situations, the firm will agree to a fee arrangement that combines the hourly rate with a contingent fee. In such an arrangement, you would pay a discounted hourly fee in combination with a reduced contingency percentage (e.g., pay an hourly rate of $150 - rather than $300 - with a lower contingency percentage - 20% rather than 40%)

Fixed Fees

We perform some services so frequently that we know how much time that we know roughly how much time they will take to complete. These services typically involve the creation of documents that are commonly used in the operation of a business.   That they are commonly used, however, does not mean that they are not valuable.    We provide the following documents, tailored to your specific circumstances for a fixed fee that you pay upfront with no guesswork as to how much you will ultimately be charged. Tell us what you need and we will tell you how much it will cost.

Some of the services we offer for a flat fee include:

  • Employee Contracts
  • Consultant Contracts
  • Corporate Formation, including Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, Operating Agreements for LLCs
  • Employee Handbooks

Monthly Retainer

For those businesses who retain us as general counsel, the Law Office of Randy Merritt offers a fixed, and affordable monthly fee, which provides unlimited telephone advice, set hours of legal services at no additional charge, and reduced hourly rates in defending claims.

Because each business's situation is different, the specific monthly retainer fee varies. Contact our office to obtain a quote for your business needs.