Rates and Billing Policies
At OneTec Family Law we strive to have an open relationship with our clients. It is crucial to the lawyer client relationship that financial arrangements are well understood between the parties. OneTec Family Law is a law firm that strives to provide efficient and productive representation. We invite our clients to discuss their billing statements and never charge a client for those discussions.
The lawyers and paralegals at OneTec Family Law charge the following rates:
|C. Sean Stephens, Partner||$445 per hour|
|Paralegals||$165 per hour|
|Contract Attorneys||Depends on complexity of work|
New clients meet with an attorney for an intake consultation before retaining the firm. The consultation is billed at the hourly rate listed above in six-minute increments for both the initial consultation and ongoing work. Should you retain OneTec after meeting with an attorney, we will request a retainer to be deposited into our trust account. The retainer amount is based on the complexity and anticipated requirements of your case. The retainer is held in trust by our office and is used to pay for any fee or cost incurred. Fees include, among other tasks, any attorney’s, law clerk’s or legal assistant’s time spent on your case. The most common expense costs in a case are court filing fees, large copying projects, messenger services, postage, subpoena fees and process server fees. Your case may require that OneTec Family Law hire other professionals to assist in the evaluation and or trial of your case. This may include the services of an appraiser, accountant, parenting time evaluator or other expert. We will require that you provide the funds necessary to pay for the services of these professionals in advance.
OneTec Family Law keeps clients apprised of the work done on their case and costs of such services by issuing bi-monthly comprehensive invoices. Questions or concerns regarding billing should be directed to . We do not charge for billing inquiries either before or during a case. If you have questions regarding a specific charge, our billing department can best help you if you mark your statement and return a copy with your payment for the amount not in question. At the completion of your case any unused portions of your retainer are returned to you.
If the requested retainer has been depleted before completion of your case the attorney will request additional monies be deposited into the trust account. If additional work is done without a retainer, payment is due upon receipt of your bill. If your bill is not paid in its entirety the bill accrues late fees at 18% per annum (1.5% per month) on all charges 30 days past due.
OneTec Family Law accepts VISA, MASTERCARD, DISCOVER, AMERICAN EXPRESS and electronic checks. As part of our normal procedure, OneTec Family Law, will invoke its statutory right to place an attorney lien on any money judgment or personal property awarded to you for any balance due our firm.