Legal Fees and Cost Containment
John L Lumpkins Jr., PLLC is committed to providing our clients with excellent representation, provided in an ethical manner, and at a reasonable cost. Fees will be structured at the beginning of the client engagement. More about the different fee structures offered by the law firm can be read here. The engagement letter sets forth the specifics on your fee arrangement. Any staff assignments will be based on the legal expertise and experience required, plus applicable time constraints.
Expenses and Billing
In order to simplify billing and control your costs, you will not be billed for any administrative costs incurred such as postage, in-house copies, local or long distance telephone charges, facsimile transmissions or in-house computer-based legal research. The law firm will, however, pass along certain out-of-pocket charges, including commercial document deliveries (UPS, Federal Express, private couriers, etc.), filing fees, court reporters, transcripts, service of process fees, outside printing and copying, outside legal research services, travel outside of Central Virginia (e.g. air fare, car rental, and mileage at then applicable standard business mileage rates, and other expenses paid directly on your behalf.
The law firm will make every effort to apprise you of costs in a timely manner and in advance whenever possible. In certain situations, you may be required to pay the firm in advance or pay the vendor directly for an out-of-pocket expense.
If your agreement with our firm calls for periodic billing, the law firm will produce monthly billing statements, which will provide you with an itemized account of any fees or expenses from the previous month. All statements are due and payable upon receipt. The law firm accepts cash ($U.S.), check, e-check, PayPal, and all major credit/debit cards (we request that trust deposits in excess of $2000 be made by check). Funds on deposit will be applied by the firm toward the payment of monthly statements, which will be reflected on your billing statement. As fees and costs are charged against this deposit, the law firm may require additional funds to be paid in deposit.