What Will It Cost Me To Hire Laurence N. Kaldor?
My fees will vary depending on the nature and complexity of the case, the amount of discovery that I need to analyze, the possibility of an early favorable disposition of the case, the need for written and oral motion work, and whether a trial will be necessary. Most personal injuries cases are taken on a contingency basis, which means you do not pay any costs or fees unless I successfully settle your case. For all other matters, in general, I work on an hourly rate which will be determined when we reach an agreement on the work which I will be hired to do.
Generally, I offer a free consultation, and then if I can be of service, I will ask that a certain amount of money be paid up front before I start performing substantive work on the case. This money will be placed in a separate account set up on your behalf, and I will not withdraw that money until I have performed work to earn it, according to our fee agreement. You will periodically -- or upon your request -- get a statement from me detailing what work I have done on your case, and what the balance in your account is. If the funds you have deposited in your trust account become insufficient to complete the preparation of your case, I will ask you to deposit additional funds.
In some circumstances, I will accept a case for a flat fee, where I will agree to handle the case for a certain specified fee. That fee would include all necessary research, investigation, and briefing that would be required to bring the case to trial or to settlement.
Often, it will be necessary for me to hire investigators, expert witnesses, paralegals, or other professionals to assist me in the preparation of your case.
Finally, when I am done with my work on your case, all funds remaining in your trust account will be promptly refunded to you.