WHY WE ARE DIFFERENT
Typically, people think of hiring attorneys. However , when you hire one of our attorneys you are also hiring a team. Each team includes a Case Manager, Client Manager, and an Attorney . While the Attorney is the team leader and manages all of the legal decisions in connection with your case, the other team members allow you easier access to up to date information about the case. Your Case Manager is in charge of making sure all of the information connected with the case is organized and accessible to the other team members as quickly as possible. The Client Manager, on the other hand, is your primary contact in the firm and is the fastest and best person to both get and receive information on the case.
Even though you hire us, the case is your case not ours. This is your life, not ours. You’ve hired us to help, but you live with the consequences. This is why before we represent you, we advise you. Once you have an understanding of your case, we have answered all your questions, and you know what course of action you’d like to pursue, then, and only then, will we move forward on the case. While we have the legal knowledge, we need you to decide how we should wield it.
Legal problems happen, but unfortunately, most people think they happen to other people and so they don’t plan for them. The biggest hurdle for most people is overcoming the initial up-front cost of hiring a lawyer. Traditionally, lawyers work on an hourly basis and pay themselves out of their client’s money that they hold onto in an escrow account.
Typical initial escrow account deposits are several thousands of dollars. The lawyer then performs work and bills the client at an hourly rate. This hourly rate could be as low as $100.00 or as high as $400.00 an hour or even higher. The total bill is paid out of the escrow account and the client reimburses the escrow account. There are two primary problems with the hourly model. First, is the initial up front cost to the client. While the lawyer isn’t actually paid the money that is placed into escrow, the client still has to part with a relatively large amount of their money before the lawyer starts to work. The second problem is planning. Because the lawyer bills by the hour, each month will be different. One month the lawyer may only work an hour and half and send the client a bill ranging from $150.00-$600.00 . But the next month the billable hours could increase to 15 hours with the bill skyrocketing to between $1,500.00-$6,000.00. And since most lawyers’ invoices are due within 30 days, that’s a huge difference in a month.
Another common billing practice is to charge a flat fee that depends on how the case goes. Here lawyers charge one fee if the case can be settled out-of-court and another fee if the case requires a judge or jury to decide what happens. While this does put all of the costs out in the open in front of the client, it still requires a significant cost to the client to hire the lawyer and if things change for the case before the end, the client can end up with a much larger and unplanned for bill.
The way that we have addressed these problems is to create a new way of doing things. We charge 3 fees. An Initial Fee, a Monthly Fee, and a Travel Fee. The Travel Fee is billed when we have to travel to handle case matters and usually only applies to cases we take outside of McLennan County. A description of our Travel Fees can be found below. The Monthly Fee is a $600.00 fee that is billed while the case is active, The final fee, the Initial Fee, is the fee we charge to take on a new case and Is based on what type of case it is and the facts surrounding the case. All cases are different and that is the primary factor in what we charge for the Initial Fee.
Within 25 miles of office – $100.00
Over 25 but less than 50 miles of office – $250.00
Over 50 but less than 150 miles of office – $750.00
Over 150 but less than 300 miles of office – $1,500.00
Over 300 miles from office – $3,000.00
Our Goals Are To:
- Simplify and explain the services that we offer in defending your rights, property, or interests
- Describe how the legal process works and how it can affect you
- Collaboratively explore additional steps that you can take to help resolve your legal issues.
There is no charge for an initial in-office consultation with one of our attorneys on a new case during regular business hours. During this initial consultation, we will listen to and analyze your problems, give preliminary advice on what your options are to continue, and discuss what the expected cost to you will be if you choose the firm of Giles & Giles, P.C. to represent you in your case. If time permits, we can arrange a variety of payment options that will hopefully suit your needs.
An initial appointment usually lasts from thirty to ninety minutes, so plan accordingly. Because we value all of our existing and potential clients, timely arrival to your scheduled meeting is important to us all. Your considerate attention to timeliness will enable us to respect the time constraints of other clients who will also be scheduled around your appointment. Similarly, if you are not able to make your appointment, please contact us as soon as possible to notify us of your impending absence and to possibly reschedule for a future time.
Remember, the firm of Giles & Giles, P.C. Attorneys and Counselors at Law is readily available to defend your rights and serve your legal needs. No case is too large or too small, and location is not an issue.