Gendelman Law Group understands that attorneys have a reputation for “over-billing” and making bills too complicated or vague for clients to actually understand what services they received and amount of time expended on each task. Gendelman Law Group is different. Here are our Transparent Billing Practices.
In every case, you will review and execute a fee agreement when you decide to retain Gendelman Law Group. The fee agreement will explain our billing practices, policies, and procedures. Additional information is contained in the fee agreement regarding conflicts of interest, confidentiality, and other matters that are important to our clients.
We offer flat-fee services in most cases. In a flat-fee arrangement, you will know exactly what you are paying before we begin to work on your case.
Gendelman Law Group offers hourly fee arrangements in all cases. All of our professionals bill in 1/10 hour blocks (6 minutes), rounding up to the nearest 1/10 of an hour. Therefore, if you have a 12 minute phone call with an attorney, they will bill for .2 hours. If you have a 16 minute phone call with an attorney, you will be billed for .3 hours. If you have a retainer balance, hourly fees will draw against that balance each month.
Gendelman Law Group has alternative pricing models available for Dissolution and Legal Separation Cases, which can be found here.
Monthly Billing Statements
We are committed to keeping you updated as to what work we are performing on your case. Further, we believe that you deserve to know exactly what did on your case and how long it took us to do it. Therefore, we do not utilize “block billing,” where all tasks are grouped into one billing entry. Further, we provide detailed billing statements, fully identifying the task completed. In other words, your bill won’t look like this:
1.5- Telephone conference with client; Draft Petition; Research case law; Instructions to legal assistant.
Rather, your bill will look like this:
0.3- Telephone conference with client regarding Petition for Breach of Fiduciary Duty
0.8- Draft Petition for Breach of Fiduciary Duty
0.3- Research case law regarding breach of fiduciary duty claim and causes of action
0.1- Instructions to legal assistant regarding assembly, filing, and service of Petition for Breach of Fiduciary Duty
Sometimes, we will require a retainer. If one is required in your case, this will be explained in your fee agreement. The amount of the retainer will depend upon the specific facts and legal issues presented in the case; however, we will work with you to accommodate your financial situation. Retainers are typically required in the following types of cases:
- Estate Administration
- Trust Administration
- Guardianship cases
- Conservatorship cases
- Full Service Representation in Dissolution of Marriage/Civil Union or Legal Separation cases
- Full Service Estate Administration
- Interstate Custody Disputes
- Post-Decree Family Law cases
- Other cases as appropriate
Retainers are held in a trust account, meaning that the money belongs to you. We don’t receive money from your retainer balance until we have earned it.
We provide several payment options including check, debit card, credit card, and wire transfer. Clients have 30 days to pay their bill. If they need more time, interest will accrue on unpaid balances at the rate of 1% per month.
Gendelman Law Group has never been the subject of a fee dispute. This is largely because of our Transparent Billing Practices and affordable services. However, in the case of a dispute which cannot be formally resolved, we use the Colorado Bar Association’s Legal Fee Arbitration process.