Flat Fees

The Sheppard Firm, PLLC has begun implementing client-centric, flat-fee pricing for our family law services. We work carefully with our potential clients to arrive at a custom pricing for specific services after an initial discussion so that there is no hourly billing and no surprise costs during his or her case. Before ever engaging our services, our clients know the full fee in advance.

We discuss and advise the potential client of the fee during the consultation. This eliminates the extra stress that can result from not knowing how much the case will cost. Our unique, flat-fee billing is designed to offer potential clients the highest quality of legal services possible at a predictable cost for services in full.

How are we able to offer flat-fee billing?

The answer is simple. We practice almost exclusively in the areas of divorce and child custody. Because a high portion of our cases are dedicated to family law, we are better able to gauge the amount of time and work it will take to zealously represent a client. We have experience that allows us to evaluate the facts and circumstances surrounding your case and arrive at the appropriate flat fee. This approach is a much easier process for clients than waiting for their monthly invoice that has attorney time billed by fractions of an hour. Once your case has begun, we move expeditiously toward settlement or trial, accepting a settlement only when it is in the best interest of our client.

Out of Pocket Expenses

Most attorneys will charge for out-of-pocket expenses, which increases your bill. We were once a firm that charged for these expenses. We no longer do so, and we can eliminate out-of-pocket expenses on bills because of our flat fee billing.

In addition to eliminating charges for filing and processing:

  • We do not charge for mileage to get to court.
  • We do not charge for print copies made during your case.
  • We do not charge you for postage.
  • We do not charge you for legal research subscription fees.
  • We do not charge you for couriers.

We offer clients 24/7 access to their files, and we do not pass on the charge for that service to our clients.

Award of Attorney’s Fees

Depending on the circumstances of your individual case, we may ask the Court to consider awarding attorney’s fees in the case. The decision to award attorney’s fees, payable by the other party, to either party is at the complete discretion of the trial court judge.

If any reimbursement or award of attorney’s fees is made in your case, the award will be applied to your bill at the time the award is received. If there are excess funds, those funds will be refunded to you upon the completion of your case.