How Much Do Lawyers Cost? A Breakdown

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According to the American Bar Association, there are currently 1,328,692 attorneys in the United States. This allows room for a wide diversity in experience and attorney fees.

When you are trying to determine “how much do lawyers cost?” be aware that the amount of attorney fees you pay depends on the details of the case and the type of case you have. Here is an overview of attorney fees in the United States that shows the different billing methods attorneys use. 

Hourly Rates

On a national average attorney fees run $100 to $600 per hour. Rates for a new attorney or one located in a small town are more likely to be in the lower range. An attorney with years of experience, a high success rate winning at trial, or in a large metropolitan area will likely have higher rates.

Flat Fees

Some attorneys bill on a flat fee basis. The attorney estimates the amount of time it will take to resolve your case and will charge you one flat fee rather than billing on an hourly basis.

To your advantage, if the case takes longer than the attorney estimates, get more than you paid for. If the case takes less time than the attorney estimates, the attorney makes a better profit.

Contingency Fees

In a contingency fee, the attorney only collects a fee if they win your case. The normal contingency rate is 33.3% of the award. This fee is common for lawsuits such as personal injury and workman’s comp. The attorney fees, expenses, and liens are paid first, and then the client receives the remaining funds.

Overview of Total Charges

In addition to the attorney fees you pay your lawyer for appearing in court, your billing may reflect additional items including;

  • Court filing fees
  • Travel time to court
  • Phone conversations with you or others pertaining to your case
  • Court appearances
  • Time spend conducting research
  • Time spent drafting complaints, motions, depositions, and correspondence
  • Reviewing discovery, correspondence, emails from you, opposing counsel, or anyone else pertaining to your case
  • Office expenses such as copy expenses, the printing of evidence photos, process server fees, etc.

If your lawyer has a legal assistant or paralegal performing work on your case, your bill may reflect those services at a lower rate.

Retainer Fee

This is an up-front payment you make to retain the attorney’s services. The attorney then holds this money in an IOLTA account and withdraws money as they earn it while working on your case. Your monthly billing statements will show the work the attorney has done and the balance remaining on your retainer.

Consultation Fee

A large majority of attorneys offer free consultations. They look over your paperwork, advise you on what they can do, and quote you a price to retain their services. There are some attorneys that charge for consultation appointments.

When scheduling a consultation appointment, inquire as to whether or not there is a fee and how much time you will have to meet with the attorney. One of the qualities to look for on how an attorney will handle your case is the courtesy and professionalism of their staff on the phone.

How Much Do Lawyers Cost?

Answering the question “how much do lawyers cost?” is difficult because every case is different. Each type of case and attorney preference combine to determine the billing method. The best course of action is to schedule a consultation with an attorney to discuss your case.

They will advise you on the billing method for your case. If you decide to hire them will have you sign an attorney fee agreement. Make sure you understand your financial obligations prior to signing.

If you found this information helpful we invite you to check out more blogs for a wide variety of topics and information.   



Hanging up the hoofs: A look at Enable’s biggest victories as the iconic horse is retired

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Following a poor showing at the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe earlier this month, it has been announced that Enable, who was one of the front-runners in the horse racing betting to win the historic Paris race for the third time, will be retired. The wet ground ruined her chances at Longchamp, and legendary flat jockey Frankie Dettori, who built a close relationship with Enable over the years, admitted that he cried when he found out the news.

“I did cry last night. It was a bit of an emotional moment because we were thinking about rolling the dice one more time. So it was a blow” Dettori told the Guardian.

“Now that I know that she’s safe and she’s gone, I’m able to slowly be touched by emotions and just look at the wider picture. She’s done so brilliantly for all of us and I love her.

“I’m never going to forget her. I went to see her this morning. We had a tremendous journey for three-and-a-half, four years. She was the horse that most touched my heart.”

Enable won 15 of her 19 races – 11 of which were at the top Group One level – including two Arcs, the Yorkshire and Epsom Oaks, and King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes. With that in mind, let’s take a look at a few of Enable’s biggest victories. Read on to find out more!

2017 – Epsom Oaks (Group One)

The 2017 Epsom Oaks was met with thunder, lightning, and torrential rain, but it wasn’t enough to stop Enable from winning her first Group One race, and Dettori from landing his 17th English Classic. The John Gosden-trained horse entered the race at 6/1 but emerged as the front-runner at the two-furlong marker. Although odds-on favourite Rhododendron put up a late challenge, Enable stayed on strongly and won by five lengths.

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2017 – King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes (Group One)

Following on from her dual Oaks wins at Epsom and Curragh, Enable overshadowed her opposition again at Royal Ascot, in King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes. Gosden’s filly proved why she was the 5/4 favourite as she stormed into the lead two furlongs out, going on to win, with a healthy four-and-a-half length victory over Ulysses.

2017 – Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Group 1)

Enable and Dettori rounded off their amazing 2017 season, which also included a five-length victory in the Yorkshire Oaks, with a win in Europe’s richest horse race, the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. With Longchamp closed for refurbishment, the historic race was instead being held nearby, at Chantilly. Enable shot into the lead 300 metres out and stayed on strong to win by two-and-a-half lengths over Cloth Of Stars.

2018 – Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Group 1)

Enable was the favourite to win the Arc again, as it returned to Longchamp, in 2018, and, she did just that. Similar to the previous year, she emerged as the favourite with 300 metres to go. However, after racing lengths ahead, she started to run out of steam, and it looked as though 6/1 shot Sea Of Class was going to catch her before the line. But, in dramatic fashion, Enable held on to win by a short neck.

2019 – Coral-Eclipse (Group One)

After beating Magical by three-quarters-of-a-length to win the Grade One Breeders’ Cup in November 2018, Enable kicked off her 2019 season with a win in the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown – beating her old foe Magical by the same distance. In doing so, she became just the third of her sex to win the British Champions Series race, alongside Pebbles (1985) and Kooyonga (1992).

2019 – Yorkshire Oaks (Group One)

Following on from a second victory in Ascot’s King George, Enable added a second Yorkshire Oaks to her lengthy list of victories. Just four horses lined up for the 2019 edition of the race, and, somewhat unsurprisingly, Enable and Dettori set-off as the 1/4 favourites. Ryan Moore and Magical were unable to stop Enable again, as she went on to win by almost three lengths.

2020 – King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes (Group One)

Little did we know it, but Enable’s third King George victory at Royal Ascot would be her last Group One win. Just three horses started the race on the day, and it came as no surprise when Dettori and Enable stormed over the line well clear of Sovereign and Japan.

Keeping the kids engaged this summer

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The summer holidays are usually long and it is not an easy feat to keep young kids engaged and busy. This summer 2020, it is even harder to keep the little ones engaged and busy with all that we have going on. It feels like it’s been a long year but we only just started the second half of the year some weeks ago. I have been working from home and homeschooling the kiddies since March. It has not been an easy job but I choose to make the most of the time we spend together. Luckily, I rounded up university work early April, so that was one thing off the list of things to do. And I could focus fully on work and the twins. We closed for the term some weeks ago and are now just taking each day as it comes.

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Keeping the kids engaged this summer

With us not being able to go on holiday and do much outdoors really, we have had to really think outside the box. Our summer days look a lot like these –

Long walks

We try to leave the house every day (weather permitting) to go for long walks around our estate. We make our walks fun by talking about what we seeing. The kids are forever looking out for bees, snails, and the likes. Our walks sometimes turn to runs when we get to our local park. It is nice and quiet and the twins enjoy running around there while I catch my breath.


Having a trampoline along with other garden toys is a good investment. My little ones could jump around in the trampoline all day if I let them. Having swings, slides, pools, and other garden toys are also great ways of keeping the children entertained for some time. I know a family that completely transform their garden space every sunny day. They have artificial grass and they make the most of it. Their little one is so lucky, she gets a huge tent and lots of toys out when the weather is nice. The garden looks like a soft play on sunny days; a beauty to behold.

Board games

We have recently gotten into board games as a family. I played lots of board games growing up and I am happy to see my twins are really into them now. They love playing Ludo, Snakes and Ladders, Monopoly and Scrabble. Playing board games is a great way to spend time engaged as a family and sometimes the kiddies enjoy playing on their own. I got this portable board set below and it has changed our free time for the better.

These are just some of the ways we are spending our summer days. It has been fun and the extra time with no planned holiday has allowed us to be more creative with what we have around us. How are you keeping the little ones engaged this summer? Please sound off in the comments section below.


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