Our Philosophy Regarding Fees for Our Services

After we have met with you to learn what your concerns are and what we can do to help you, it is our normal practice to quote a fixed fee for our legal services based on what we feel is fair and reasonable under the circumstances.

We believe that everything we create in our practice is built upon knowledge, experience and expertise that we have learned from our many years of work with our clients. The documents we draft, while critically important, are only a part of the service we provide. We do our utmost to be a valuable advisor and resource for our clients, since we believe that sound advice and guidance are the most important service we can provide.

There are several reasons why we have chosen to quote a fixed fee for most of our legal work. First, it allows you to avoid being surprised by an unexpected bill at the end of a project. Second, it allows you the freedom to call us at any time with questions, which you might be reluctant to do if you were being billed hourly (or by the minute). Third, it allows you to feel comfortable throughout the entire consultation and drafting phases of the planning process knowing that the meter is turned off. Finally, it allows you to compare our overall service with that of other practitioners. With that in mind, the question then becomes, how do we determine an appropriate fee?

The fee we quote is based upon several factors:

  • The complexity of the project we are undertaking;
  • The amount of time we estimate it will take to complete your project;
  • The level of expertise required to complete your project with the highest quality;
  • The level of risk we will assume by undertaking a particular project;
  • What would be considered a reasonable amount other practitioners bringing similar expertise, experience and service to your project;
  • Finally, our fee reflects ethical considerations for billing for professional services, as set forth in the Montana Rules of Professional Conduct.

In the final analysis, we believe you are not simply purchasing legal documents from us, but focused and personalized legal advice and expertise. Consider John Ruskin's observation about paying for services, "It's unwise to pay too much, but it's also unwise to pay too little. When you pay too much you lose a little money, that is all. When you pay too little, you sometimes lose everything because the thing you bought was incapable of doing the thing it was bought to do. The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot—it can't be done. If you deal with the lowest bidder, it is well to add something for the risk you run. And if you do that, you will have enough to pay for something better."

We always strive to deliver high quality client service at a reasonable cost. Our clients' satisfaction with our fees results from their satisfaction with our work.

Our law firm, attorneys and lawyers handle matters throughout Montana (MT), including Billings, Bozeman, Great Falls, Havre, Helena, Kalispell, Lewistown, Livingston, Missoula, Shelby and Whitefish.

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