What is Doing Well by Doing Good?
- January 7, 2015
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By: Robert J. Nahoum
You are being harassed by a debt collector; or perhaps you’re being sued on an old credit card debt; or maybe you’ve been screwed by a dirt-bag car dealer. Whatever the case may be, when a consumer is victimized and in need of legal representation, the thought of paying for a lawyer seems like adding insult to injury.
By definition, consumer attorneys represent the interests of consumers. When new clients call us, something bad has already happened to them. We understand that and so most of us have developed our law practices around the concept of doing well by doing good. That is, we can earn a living as lawyers by representing the interests of consumers and helping to solve their problems rather than adding to them. By doing well and earning a living, we can keep the lights on in our offices and the staff paid so that we can be there to help the next consumer victim.
There are essentially 4 ways a lawyer can charge a client for legal services:
- By the hour;
- Flat fee;
- Contingency fee; or
- Blended fee comprising some combination of hourly, flat and/or contingency.
Hourly is the most common and traditional form of attorney billing. However, anyone who has ever hired an attorney by the hour knows how quickly a legal bill can get out of hand.
With this thought in mind, we have structured our legal fees around the model of doing well by doing good. With that in mind our fees are as follows:
- DEBT DEFESNE: $750 – $1,500.00[i]
- BANKRUPCY: $1,500.00 for a no-asset Chapter 7 case[ii]
- CONSUMER PROTECTION: In fee-shifting, consumer protection cases including debt collector harassment, fraudulent auto lending and false credit reporting, we do not charge our clients any out of pocket legal fees. [iii]
If you have questions or concerns about doing well by doing good and how we charge for legal services, we urge you to contact The Law Offices of Robert J. Nahoum, P.C. today by calling 845-232-0202.
[ii] Based on routine flat fee charges subject to change on a case-by-case basis.
[iii] Fees are usually based on a blended contingency and hourly fee basis.