Forms of Payment
We accept a wide variety of payment forms including:
- Certified Funds
- Direct Deposit into Our Account
- Credit Card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover)
- Bitcoin, Ethereum & Litecoin
- Money Orders (e.g., Western Union)
We comply with state and federal laws and regulations. To that extent, we are not permitted to accept $10,000 in cash or money orders, or some certified checks that cannot be tracked by banking regulations without the completion of a IRS/FinCEN Form 8300. We will complete the form, with information provided by you, and submit it to the IRS if you pay us $10,000 in or more in, for instance, cash or any combination of payments that total more than $10,000.
In many cases, we offer payment plans. These plans permit you to pay over a period of time, although the fee is owed at the moment of engagement. Payment plans are our courtesy to you.
Sometimes we ask for collateral, particularly in large cases where a large fee is owed.
We charge flat fees for many types of representation. Flat fees ensure that the client knows the cost of representation before work is begun. Where hourly fees can result in a large and unpleasant bill at the end of representation, flat fees establish the cost of representation at the beginning of the process.
These fees can range from a few hundred dollars for very simple misdemeanors, to tens of thousands of dollars for complex cases or cases involving federal prosecution. We set our fees pursuant to North Carolina's ethical rules that the fees be reasonable, and consistent with our experience in how long and difficult the case may be to resolve.
We strive to offer reasonable fees. But, especially in complex cases and given the quality of representation we offer, these fees are sometimes higher than people expect. We are happy to talk about the fee, and talk about your financial limitations. In some cases, we can adjust our fee. However, we advise against hiring the least expensive lawyer; the old adage, "you get what you pay for," applies when hiring an attorney. We work hard for our clients, and ask for appropriate compensation for our work.
Consistent with the ethical rules that apply to lawyers in North Carolina, we can accept payment from third-parties. However, even though we may accept payment from a friend or family member, we will never discuss a client's case with those individuals without our client's explicit permission.
Partial or Limited Representation
Where a client simply needs representation for a certain part of the case - the investigation, District Court, Superior Court, or appeal - we can offer representation that covers just that part of the case. By offering partial or limited representation, we can usually reduce the total cost to the client so that client pays for stages of representation, and not for work that will never be done.
In certain instances, we will agree to work on an hourly basis. Hourly rates are offered in unusual or unique cases where a fair flat fee can not be determined. We will ask that a sum of money be held in trust, and our fees will be billed against that money with invoices sent to the client on a regular basis.
Proof of Payment
We provide proof of payment in the form of either paper receipts or emailed invoices and receipts.
In rare cases where we and a client disagree about the amount of money owed to the firm, we often can negotiate a resolution. Where a resolution cannot be agreed upon, we let clients know that they can avail themselves of the North Carolina Fee Dispute Resolution program, which requires attorneys to participate in non-binding mediation.