How to Pay for a Lawyer in Arkansas
Hiring a lawyer can be a stressful and overwhelming experience, especially if you’ve never hired one before. The legal system can be complex and confusing, and finding the right lawyer for your needs can be very stressful.
One of the most stressful parts of hiring a lawyer is the cost. Legal fees can be expensive, and many people may worry that they won’t be able to afford the cost of legal representation. It can be difficult to budget for legal expenses, and the fear of not being able to pay the lawyer can be a significant source of stress.
Understanding the different types of legal fees can help you choose the right lawyer and budget for your legal needs. In this blog post, we’ll discuss the most common types of legal fees, including hourly rates, flat fees, contingency fees, and retainer fees.
Types of Fees Lawyers Charge in Arkansas
Understanding the different types of legal fees can help you choose the right lawyer and budget for your legal needs. We will discuss the most common types of legal fees, including hourly rates, flat fees, and contingency fees.
A flat fee is a predetermined amount charged by the lawyer for a specific service. Flat fees are common in simple legal cases, such as drafting a will or filing a trademark application. The lawyer and the client agree on the scope of the services to be provided and the amount to be charged.
- Flat fees provide clarity and transparency in the cost of legal services.
- Clients can budget for legal expenses with certainty.
- Flat fees may not account for unforeseen circumstances or additional work needed beyond the agreed scope of services.
- Lawyers may be less motivated to provide additional work beyond what was agreed upon.
Hourly Rates and Retainers
Hourly rates are one of the most common types of legal fees. With this type of fee structure, the lawyer charges a set hourly rate for their time. Hourly rates can vary widely depending on the experience and location of the lawyer. Lawyers who charge hourly rates typically require an upfront retainer fee, which is a payment made in advance to secure the lawyer’s services.
- Clients only pay for the actual time spent on the case, rather than a predetermined fee.
- Hourly rates can be more cost-effective for smaller cases or when a lawyer’s involvement is limited.
- Hourly rates can be unpredictable, making it difficult to budget for legal expenses.
- Lawyers may be incentivized to bill more hours than necessary to increase their fees.
Contingency fees are a type of fee structure used in personal injury cases and other types of civil litigation. With this type of fee structure, the lawyer receives a percentage of any settlement or award won for the client. If the client does not win the case, they do not owe the lawyer any fees.
Clients do not have to pay any upfront fees.
Contingency fees incentivize the lawyer to obtain the largest possible settlement or award for the client.
The percentage charged by the lawyer can be high, often ranging from 25% to 40% of the award or settlement.
Contingency fees may not be available for all types of cases.
A mixed fee arrangement is any combination of the above fee arrangements. It could be a flat fee for a portion of the work and an hourly rate. It could be an upfront payment and the rest of the fee could be contingent at the end of the case.
How to Pay Attorney Fees
Legal fees can vary widely depending on the type of case and the lawyer’s fee structure. It’s important to discuss the fee structure with a lawyer before hiring them to ensure that you understand the costs associated with your case. By understanding the different types of legal fees, you can make an informed decision when choosing a lawyer and budget for your legal needs.
Pay the Entire Fee Upfront
Many law firms just take payments upfront. They do not take payment plans. Most firms take all major credit cards and will allow you to put your entire fee on one or more credit cards and get started.
We do take payment plans.
Finding a Payment Plan That Works for You
Financing options are another way for clients to pay for legal services. Lawyers may partner with financing companies to provide loans or credit to clients. These financing options may come with interest rates or fees that clients will need to pay back over time.
Financing options may offer lower interest rates than traditional credit cards or personal loans.
Clients can pay for legal services immediately, rather than waiting until they can afford to pay.
Clients may end up paying more in fees and interest over time.
Financing options may require a credit check or collateral, which may limit the availability of the option.
Many lawyers offer payment plans to help clients pay for their services over time. Payment plans allow clients to spread out the cost of legal services into more manageable payments over several months or even years. The lawyer and the client will agree upon a payment schedule that works for both parties. Payment plans may require an upfront deposit or retainer fee, which is applied to the total cost of legal services.
Payment plans can make legal services more affordable for clients.
Clients can budget for legal expenses with certainty.
Clients may end up paying more in fees and interest over time.
Lawyers may require clients to sign a contract agreeing to the payment plan terms, which may limit their options.
What we Offer to Pay Legal Fees
We do allow our clients all of the options above. We are private attorneys and we must charge people for our services. We understand most lawyers want their money upfront and many Arkansans cannot afford to pay all their lawyer fees without a little help.
We offer contingency fee arrangements in some cases. If your legal issue is one that qualifies for a contingency fee, then you can get legal help without paying any money upfront.
If your case is not a contingency fee arrangement and we need to collect an attorney’s fee we offer several ways to do that.
Upfront Payments with a Discount
Yes, we take payment upfront and we discount your bill if you pay it all upfront. We take payments upfront in the form of cash, check, eCheck, credit and debit cards, and financing.
Financing Your Legal Fees
Yes, we offer financing to our clients. We have a platform that has paired up with over 30 banks to offer to finance legal fees. We do not have any control over who gets offers or what offers they receive, but we can help direct you to a place to get a loan.
What if I do not Qualify for Financing
If you do not qualify for financing or you were not approved for the full amount, we still have options available.
We also have partnered up with a no-credit-check financing company and can offer financing if you have proof of income.
We may in some situations also allow clients to be on an in-house payment plan. For this, you need to be able to prove you have income and can pay the bill. You can also have a co-signor or third-party payor sign up with you.
What if I still cannot afford an attorney or I have no income?
There are options for those who qualify for legal aid. Legal aid offers free legal services to people who qualify. The need for free legal help is much higher than legal aid programs can provide.
Some people hope to get a private attorney to provide pro bono help. This does happen, but the demand is also much higher than many attorneys can provide. Some law firms also have pro bono programs. If you get an attorney to help, you may still be responsible for filing and service fees.
Some law schools have legal clinics that provide free legal aid programs. Many law schools have a pro bono program that is easier to qualify for than legal aid.
Free Lawyer Consultations
If you want free legal advice, you can sign up for one of our free strategy sessions. If you have legal problems and would like to discuss your legal issues with an Arkansas attorney, then feel free to contact us. If you just have a legal question and would like an answer, you can check out our Facebook Group: Lagers with Lawyers.