Our Rates & Fees in effective January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020
While we are happy to consult with you on any legal matter we can competently handle - we do not offer free consultations. But unlike some other attorneys who do - we answer your legal questions, provide actionable legal advice during our consultation with you, and if you choose not to retain us we will calculate the statute of limitations to your matter (if applicable). Our consultations are not expensive and are always a flat fee. We will not bill you by the hour for initial consultations.
In 2020, our in office consultation fees are as follows:
- $150 for an initial consultation of up to 1 hour;
- $225 for consultations longer than 1 hour but less than 2 hours;
- $300 for a consultation that goes longer than 2 hours.
Our consultation length and fee will be confirmed prior to our first meeting. You will not be surprised by an additional fee if your consultation goes longer than expected. For example, if we schedule you for a 1 hour consultation that ends up going two hours, we will not up charge you for the additional hour. We do not want you to feel rushed or not ask important question because you are afraid of being charged additional money on your consultation.
We let our expertise and experience guide us in determining which consultation is right for you. For example, in basic estate planning matters it is rare that a consultation goes longer than 1 hour. But a matrimonial or divorce consultation almost always last three to four hours.
Below are our rates for our various practice areas that will go into effect on January 1, 2020. We make our rates available publicly to our prospective clients. Part of the client-centered model in providing legal services includes being transparent when it comes to fees.
Traffic Tickets/Traffic Infractions
- $249 flat fee for tickets in Suffolk County
- $299 flat fee for tickets in Nassau County
- $349 flat fee for tickets in Westchester County
The above rates apply to offenses that are categorized under the Vehicle and Traffic Law as traffic infractions only. These fees do not include traffic violations that are considered misdemeanors, violations, or felonies. We provide all legal services that are recognized as reasonable and necessary under local custom in the area of traffic ticket defense in Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester Counties. Before retaining us, we will provide a written statement to you detailing exactly what legal services are included for the advertised rates above. If you would like to request a copy of the written agreement simply call us at (631) 724-5251 or contact us through this website.
Residential Real Estate Transfers (Sale or Purchase)
We charge a flat legal fee for handling residential real estate transactions and closings.
Our legal fees for the sale or purchase of real estate are as follows:
- $1,500 flat fee for the purchase or sale of a single family home w/ a contract price $500k or less;
- $1,800 flat fee for the purchase or sale of a single family home contract price greater than $500k;
- $2,200 flat fee for a Cooperative or Condominium Sale or Purchase;
- $250 additional flat fee for closings scheduled outside of Nassau or Suffolk Counties.
We provide all legal services that are recognized as reasonable and necessary under local custom in the area of residential real estate law in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Services include:
- Reviewing the purchase and sale agreement and suggest any desired changes thereto; review any brokerage listing agreement
- Reviewing any riders or post possession agreements and suggest any desired changes thereto;
- Review the title report abstract, government or municipal liens, mortgage loan documents;
- Review all closing documents; and
- Attend the closing; and
- Preparing a deed from you to buyer.
Before retaining us, we will provide a written statement to you detailing exactly what legal services are included for the advertised rates above. If you would like to request a copy of the written simply call us at (631) 724-5251 or contact us through this website.
Elder Law & Estate Planning
Our fees for Will planning is set between a range of a minimum fee and a maximum fee. Our minimum fee to draft any Will is $500. But no two Wills are alike and that fee may increase based upon the complexity of your assets and the amount of people you desire to leave your assets to after death. An increase in the types of gifts you leave under a Will usually will lead to an increase in the price of a Will.
The more complex your estate plan and disposition, incrementally the fee will that will be charged may be higher. After our initial consultation, we will be able to give you a precise dollar amount on your the legal fee for your Will. In our experience an increase in the complexity of a Will increases the physical pages that the Will is printed on. Generally speaking the simplest Will disposing of an estate to 1 or 2 people is about six pages double spaced. This type of Will is right for clients who have simple assets less than the New York State Estate Tax exemption. That is the type of Will where our legal fee will be $500.
If the Will includes dispositions to multiple generations of family, potential dispositions to minors, to various friends, or to charities, that will increase the complexity of the Will and the time it will take our attorneys to draft the document. Adding multiple generations of family, leaving someone out of the Will, adding unique clauses increases the physical pages of the final Will. A Will that is 7-12 pages in length will typically cost about $750.
Finally, the most complex Will usually includes higher income earners, complex assets (closely held businesses, partnerships, key man insurance, large stock portfolios, etc.,), and it will likely include establishing a testamentary trust. These Wills are usually 20 pages or more. Our fee for this type of Will is $1,800.
As a result, you will only be charged somewhere between a minimum $500 or any amount up to a maximum of $1,800 for our Elder Law & Estate Planning Services. Included in that fee is the preparation of a Durable Power of Attorney, Healthcare Proxy, and Living Will.
Matrimonial & Divorce Litigation
This is a new practice area for the firm in 2020. Pricing for this area of law coming soon.