Transparency In Billing Practices

At our firm, we don’t hide the ball…

AND want to make you a partner in the process by disclosing business aspects such as our retainer ranges, billing practices, and rates online. We challenge our competitors to do the same, but we know they won’t. What you will find is that they rarely speak about retainers or billing practices until you set foot in the door. We strive for transparency and are blazing our own path as we aim to change the industry in favor of the people we serve. With this in mind, this page will cover retainers, billing, rates and common questions.

What are your retainers?

Our retainers may vary, but in most cases, they are as follows:

Contested Cases:

  • If assigned to an associate attorney, the standard retainer is $5,500.
  • If assigned to our founder, Mary E. Ramos, who is Board Certified In Family Law by the Board of Legal Specialization of Texas the standard retainer is $7,500.

Uncontested Cases:

  • Assigned to Associate Attorneys ONLY
  • Retainers are $2,500

What are your hourly rates and expenses fees?

The time expended by Ramos Law Group, PLLC, will be recorded and billed in two-tenths (.2) of an hour increment at the following hourly rates:

Resource Rate Increment
Mary E. Ramos $400.00 Per Hour
Associate Attorney (Rate Range) $175.00 – $300.00 Per Hour
    Julie Rosete $285.00 Per Hour
    Lindsey Lewis $245.00 Per Hour
    Haley Morrison* $175.00 or $200.00 Per Hour
Paralegal (Rate Range) $130.00 – $175.00 Per Hour
    Megan Davis $150.00 Per Hour
    Peyton Barrier $130.00 Per Hour
Legal Assistant $80.00 – $120.00 Per Hour
Legal Secretary $50.00 – $80.00 Per Hour

*The higher rate is reserved for higher level activities such as in court appearances, mediation or other items requiring attorney level expertise.

Billing Practices

What are the factors for setting fees?

To determine the fees charged to the Client, the Firm will consider the following factors and guidelines approved by the Supreme Court of Texas and in the Texas Rules of Professional Conduct on what is a reasonable fee:

  1.  The time and labor required, the novelty and difficulty of the questions involved, and the skill requisite to perform the legal service properly;
  2.  The possible preclusion of other employment by the Firm;
  3.  The fee customarily charged in the locality for similar legal services;
  4.  The amount involved and the results obtained;
  5.  The time limitations imposed by Client or by the circumstances;
  6.  The nature and length of the professional relationship between the Firm and the Client;
  7.  The experience, reputation, and ability of the lawyer or lawyers performing the services;
  8.  Special circumstances of the case;
  9.  Whether the fee is fixed or contingent on results obtained or uncertainty of collection before the legal services have been rendered; and
  10.  Attorney fee award in similar case.

What types of items are billable?

The Client will be billed for any activity used to move their case forward to include but not limited to the following:

  1.  Legal research
  2.  Drafting of pleadings
  3.  Conferences
  4.  Emails to and from any party
  5.  Telephone conversations to and from any party
  6.  Preparation of discoverable documents
  7.  Investigation of facts
  8.  Preparation for and appearances in court
  9.  Correspondence
  10.  Preparation for and appearances at mediation
  11.  Other tasks deemed necessary to adequately handle the matter in controversy

How is billable time measured?

The attorney’s time involved in out-of-office representation will be measured from the time the attorney leaves the office until the attorney arrives back at the office. All Court appearances will be billed at a minimum of two (2) hours even though the time spent may be less than two (2) hours. Any Court time over the (2) hours will be billed in units of two-tenths (.2) of an hour. All other time will be billed in minimum units of two-tenths (.2) of an hour even though the time spent may be less than two-tenths (.2) of an hour.

What are the 3rd party fees or expenses?

Court costs, mediation costs, deposition costs, duplication costs, filing fees, travel expenses, long distance telephone expenses, accountant’s fees, appraiser’s fees, consultant’s fees, facsimile costs, postage and other professional fees incurred on Client’s behalf (including specialized or local legal counsel), and other disbursements will be paid directly by Client or, when advanced by Firm, will be borne by and paid for by Client as provided above.

How often do you run invoices?

The Firm will provide Clients semi-monthly statements setting forth, in summary,  the detail of work done, and the time and expenses incurred. Supporting documents including invoices and time records are available for inspection by Client during normal business hours.

What happens if I don’t agree with a billable item?

If Client has a disagreement or question about any charge Client receives on any invoice from the Firm, Client agrees to immediately bring it to the attention of the Firm. Failure to raise a complaint or question by the 10th day following Client’s receipt of the statement shall conclusively be deemed an acceptance of the correctness of the billing.

Other Common Questions:

How much does an agreed divorce with or without children and property cost?

At the Ramos Law Group, we no longer provide flat fee services as it reduces the quality of service we can provide to all clients. However, our uncontested agreed cases can be completed with under the initial retainer of $2,500. That said, if the case requires more support or becomes contested, the cost will increase significantly.   This option is reserved for those who have a solid agreement and those who believe that their spouse will sign all the required documentation without the need for changes.

How much does it cost for representation in contested divorce, child custody or other types of family law cases?

The cost of representation for a contested case can vary significantly.   While we are not able to provide an estimate, we usually leave it up to the client to gauge the level of expense.  If you know your spouse has a tendency to argue every point or children and/or property is an issue then expect the cost to increase.   Our firm will always give you a recommendation in your best interest even if that means we earn much less.  Our goal is not to earn the most money but instead to create a life long relationship with our clients and this can only happen if you trust us and feel we exceeded your expectations.

How does the cost of your firm compare to others of the same calibar?

We are NOT cheap but we are in the middle of the road when compared to other firms of similar size.  That said, we are the only firm that will give you 10% back of our service fees to apply to a future case with our firm plus many extras.  To learn more click below.

 

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