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Coronavirus Impact and Assurance: Yes! We are still open for business!

As you are all aware, we are currently facing unique challenges due to the Coronavirus. While this is a serious crisis, it is important to keep it in perspective, and not allow it to prevent us from going about our business. We want to assure all of our clients that this office is prepared to serve your needs, regardless of what happens and how the virus affects Minnesota. In an effort to keep the office safe, we have stepped up prevention and sanitation measures in hopes to prevent disease transmission.

Because we are a paperless office, our entire staff is prepared to work from home if necessary. No matter what happens, we will continue to provide our clients with the highest quality legal services. For any clients who are not comfortable leaving their homes, we can handle any appointments remotely via phone, FaceTime, Skype, Zoom , and can transfer any documents to you electronically or by mail, if that is your preference.

Please rest assured, we will continue to take care of your legal needs in this challenging time, and your safety is our highest priority.

Please see our blog for more info on pandemic response.

The Elephant In The Room

| Aug 27, 2019 | Uncategorized

Many attorneys and clients have a hard time talking about fees, even though they are very concerned about them. Attorneys want to get paid to cover their overhead, education costs, and make a living, clients want to know what cases will cost, and keep their costs under control. As with all tough subjects, talking about the issue up front is always better than trying to sweep it under the rug.

For starters, it is good to know what fees are, what costs are, and the different types of fees. Fees are money paid directly to the attorney for legal work done by the attorney, and any associate attorneys or staff who performed legal work on the case. Fees come in three types, hourly rate fees, where the fee is based on the amount of time put into the case, flat fees, where the client pays a set fee for handling the case, regardless of how long the work takes, and contingent fees, where the client pays a percentage of money won in a lawsuit to the attorney. Different types of cases usually involve different fee arrangements, criminal law and bankruptcy almost always involve flat fees, family court matters and most civil disputes usually involve hourly rates, and cases where large amounts of money are asked for, injury and car accident cases use contingent fees.

Costs are money paid to others besides the lawyer, court filing fees, subpoena fees, expert witness fees, for example.

Whatever fee arrangement you and your attorney use, it is good to talk about it up front, and get any questions answered.