Proper Defense’s monthly fixed-fee retainer program makes our clients happy, but not our competitors. Most law firms bill by the hour because “that is how it has always been done” or “it is simply impossible to gauge the amount of work necessary.” We call BS on that. Most law firms just don’t want to put the time into figuring out how they can offer their services on a flat fee or monthly fixed-fee retainer program and still be profitable.
It’s a good thing we aren’t like most other law firms.
Many businesses forgo legal services entirely due to the cost and unpredictability of the legal bill. These businesses are afraid to pick up the phone because as soon as they do the meter starts running. They are afraid to ask for simple things, like an employee handbook, or some form contracts, because they may get a bill that is thousands of dollars. These same businesses only hire a lawyer when they have to which can be catastrophic financially. Research has shown that the cost to fix a basic legal issue can be 20 times costlier than being proactive and addressing the issue early on.
Our Monthly Fixed-Fee Retainer Program allows businesses to budget for their legal costs in advance. In addition, we have found that having a set monthly fee for specific legal services greatly reduces disputes with our clients over legal fees and costs. Our clients that utilize this program use our services more frequently than those that hire us on an hourly basis, develop stronger relationships with us than our hourly clients and save money on the amount of fees they would have spent if they had worked on an hourly basis.
One of the greatest benefits of our monthly fixed-fee retainer program is that the client is no longer the only one taking the risk of how long the legal project is going to take. Traditional law firms will tell you “however long the project takes is what you pay.” This puts all the risk on the client. Our monthly fixed-fee retainer program is our way of sharing in that risk with you. If we quote you a monthly price and down the line we figure out that it is not profitable for us, that is our problem, not yours.
In order to come to an agreement that is mutually beneficial, we will talk with you in detail in order to fully understand your legal needs and what your expectations are. The factors we consider are:
If we feel that we can meet your needs and expectations we will put together a proposal and provide you with a price. The monthly price we give you will reflect the value we believe we are bringing to the table for your business. If during the course of your contract with us your legal needs change, we can simply re-evaluate your needs and come up with a modified arrangement. If your business grows and you require increased legal services, we will accommodate you.
If you agree to our price then we will have you execute a formal price agreement.