Fees and Hourly Rates
In most criminal and DUI cases, we agree to cap our fees, so that you know from the moment you hire us what the cost will be. We don't want clients to worry about the cost of the call when they have a basic question about their case or something they have received in the mail.
In capped fee cases (sometimes called "fixed fee" cases), we estimate the cost of representation for the entire case. If it takes more time or costs us more than we anticipated, we generally bear that cost.
It is our firm's practice to provide a free initial telephone consultation for up to 15 minutes. Lawyers at other firms may not speak with prospective clients over the phone. However, we find that letting prospective clients provide basic information about the case and ask some general questions about court procedures is helpful to the caller, and allows us to better assess whether our firm can be of assistance.
An office consultation, which generally lasts 30 minutes to 1 hour, will likely follow. Office consultations may involve a review of the charging documents, a discussion of the client's personal history, and a general assessment of what might be expected in the case. Office consultations typically cost $100 (substantially lower than our hourly rates). If you hire us to represent you, this will be deducted from the fee.
In some cases, we may agree to waive the fee of an initial office visit. If you have questions about this, please let us know in advance.
Cost of Representation
In criminal and DUI cases, the estimated cost of representation is determined on a case-by-case basis. There are a number of factors we consider when determining the fee in criminal cases, such as the type of charge, the difficulty of the legal questions involved, the time and labor required to properly perform the necessary legal services, and, if necessary, the financial circumstances of the client. For specific information about the cost of representation, give us a call.
In personal injury matters, we typically work on a contingency basis, which means that we do not get paid unless you do.
In family court an other matters, we generally charge an hourly rate, but may agree to cap our fees or work on a contingency basis when permitted to do so by the Rules of Professional Conduct. Call around - you'll find that our hourly rates are reasonable and competitive with other area law firms.
New Hampshire Lawyers Committed to Helping Clients and the Community
The lawyers at our firm - Joe Welsh and Richard Samdperil - both strongly believe that New Hampshire lawyers have a responsibility to serve the needs of the people in their local communities.
Our lawyers live in Portsmouth. Our principal office is in Exeter, with additional conference space in Portsmouth. We have friends and family throughout the Seacoast. We sit on local boards and contribute to local causes. When possible, we represent those in need of legal assistance on a pro bono basis. New Hampshire communities are our communities, and our firm remains committed to providing high quality legal representation in all areas of our practice.