Fee Arrangements

Our fees are based on the quality of our work, the value of our expertise, the complexity of your case, the amount of guidance you need, and the benefits and positive results we can deliver.

You want us to get the job done right.  When you hire us, you hand us your problems to solve for you (or with you). Top-quality work on life-changing matters doesn’t come cheap.

Our fees are fair and reasonable and are worth the value and benefits of our services. When necessary to meet your financial concerns, we can offer payment plans in most cases.

Alternative Fee Arrangements

Flat Fee (Fixed Fee)

Under a flat fee arrangement, you pay a fixed sum for an agreed-upon scope of services. The flat fee is owed for the value of the work itself, regardless of how much time we spend on your case. For the most part, you end up paying less than what you would pay if you were being billed by the hour.

Value-Added Fee

In certain cases, we can build in fees for outcomes that meet or exceed your expectations (e.g.  obtaining an approval in a difficult case).  We charge a discounted flat fee upfront and an additional value-added fee if the result meets or exceeds the agreed-upon criteria.

We share the upside of a favorable outcome. We don’t get the value-added fee if there’s an unfavorable outcome, but we do not assume the entire risk.

Initial Payment

With either option, you will need to make at least an initial (partial) payment for us to open your file, enter an attorney-client relationship with you, and begin the work. This will be a reasonable portion of the flat fee or value-added fee.

Payment Plan

After you make your initial payment, you may pay the remainder of the fee in installments, usually on a monthly basis, with the full balance payable upon completion of the case. Another common arrangement is to pay 50% initially and the remaining 50% prior to the filing of your case.

Hourly Fee Arrangement

While it’s the least common, an hourly fee arrangement is also available in some cases. An hourly fee is most suitable for consultations or limited representation, such as attending a USCIS interview or reviewing your petition/application prior to filing.

You are charged for the time we spend on your case, including  file review, legal research, and writing briefs. But you will not be nickled and dimed for everything (like telephone calls and emails to communicate about your case).

Overall, an hourly fee arrangement is less predictable than the flat fee arrangement.

Fee Setting

With very few exceptions, a consultation is needed for us to determine whether we will accept your case for representation. We set the fee after we have defined the scope of service, determined the relief you will seek, and evaluated the strengths and weaknesses in your case.

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