Fees and Rates

If an individual comes in for an initial consultation, they are charged fees based on how much time is spent in the initial consultation and the rate of the attorney in the meeting. The initial consultation rates are the same as each attorney's hourly rate. The initial consultation will normally be with Ms. Reese, and one of her associates, at her hourly rate.

After the initial consultation, if the decision is made to enter into a relationship, the individual will be asked to sign a written fee agreement that provides them with information such as what services will be provided, and what the terms are for the firm's billing. A fee advance is determined by the attorney based upon how much work will go into a case. Upon receiving the fee advance, the money is deposited in to a trust account with the firm.

Once work begins on a case, at the beginning of each month, clients receive a detailed bill laying out what work has been done on their behalf. The bill shows how much money was transferred from a client's trust to pay for the legal fees due to the firm. The client is responsible for replenishing the trust account every month for the duration of the representation unless it is agreed that replenishment is not warranted.

Besides the legal fees, there are other costs which may be incurred such as postage, facsimile charges, photocopying charges, and express mail charges, though the firm does not charge for other expenses like long distance telephone calls. A client may have to pay charges directly to vendors, such as process servers and court reporters, for services provided if there are not sufficient funds in the trust account to cover such costs.

For more information, schedule a consultation or call 703.279.5140.



What if you have met with the other party?

Then it is highly unlikely we can meet with you.

What are the client's responsibilities to the attorney?

Primarily they are to cooperate. If information or documents are needed from the client, the client must provide them. You may choose not to follow the advice of counsel, but as long as we are your counsel, we can not support actions or behaviors that impair the case. Deadlines with the court or those dictated by the Rules of the Supreme Court of Virginia, for example, must be met.

What are the attorney's responsibilities to the client?

Primarily to speak for you and look out for your best interests and the best interests of the case. This means that we will communicate with the opposing counsel, any third parties such as guardians ad litem, experts and the court on your behalf. Another key responsibility is to educate the client as noted above.

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