Rates vary depending on the type of work being performed. In general, attorneys bill on an hourly basis in tenth of an hour increments. Some projects, such as forming businesses or drafting estate planning documents are billed on a flat fee/package basis.
In all cases, however, your fee arrangement will be made clear to you in writing and you can always seek clarification about any invoices.
I am licensed to practice anywhere in New York State and work out of a remote home office in Lewis County. However, I am available to meet in person at the Lowville Professional’s Building across from the Lewis County Courthouse, or in a place of the client’s choosing. I have, in the past, made home visits for shut-ins or people who have difficulty travelling. If there is nothing that needs to be signed in person and you prefer to meet via phone or Zoom conference, I can make those arrangements as well. All client consultations are confidential, whether you retain me or not.
Depending on the type of work, I am available for Zoom or telephone consultations for $100 for up to an hour, or for $150 if we are meeting in person (the extra $50 is to cover room rental). Even if we decide not to move forward with representation, prospective clients will receive valuable legal insights and an honest perspective as to potential courses of action. Estate planning clients who move forward with a flat fee document package will have the initial consultation fee credited to their estate planning package.
Licensed attorneys may practice in almost any area of the law. However, the main focuses of my practice are estate planning, business law (include entity formation, transactions and all manners of contract law), and real estate. If I believe you would be better served by representation elsewhere, I will endeavor to refer you to another colleague in the profession who may be able to assist you.