We entertain the belief that our fees are quite competitive. We strive to reduce our fees as and when appropriate. As a matter of fact our present approach has substantially added to our success. Needless to say, we will be very pleased to furnish quotes for filing, prosecutions, licensing etc. and any other service within the ambit of our practice areas.
We are ready to allow various fee arrangements with our clients. We normally employ the appropriate options available on the basis of the nature of work involved, urgency of the matter, legal issues involved compared to routine matters, complexity of the project, lawyer’s experience, time and effort required to be exerted on a particular case, and a combination of other factors. The options available are: the hourly rate, flat fee, contingent fee, and retainer fee. However, all work is normally accomplished on hourly basis, unless your retainer or order expressly states otherwise. It is pertinent to indicate that as a matter of policy only professional services will be charged and billed on hourly basis.
Supplementary charges may embrace but are not limited to: telephoning, faxing, mailing, and copying. The firm maintains no commitment to carry out additional work once work has been done. Current hourly rates will be provided on request. However, we make fixed charges for such type of work such as searches, filing new applications, publication expenses, registration opposition and disputes, recording of licenses, assignments, recording of changes, renewals, obtaining certificates. Before embarking on the job, we are prepared to provide you on request of an estimate as to foreseeable costs. This will embrace our charges and other disbursements which we must pay on your behalf such as government fees. We normally issue our invoice after completion of the job, however we normally request advance payment if government fees are involved. Again, in the case of new clients we normally request payment in advance of a certain percent of our fees. Our fees are mainly based on the extent of time actually spent. As a matter of fact it is difficult to forecast in advance the accurate fees as the matter depends on many factors. On account of this our estimates can only be done on a case by case basis.
Time of billing.
Services rendered shall be billed on monthly basis. Any unpaid charges must be paid prior to filing the requisite application. Certain services may be billed at fixed fee rather than at an hourly rate. Fixed fees do not include any conference fee. Each attorney in the firm shall record time spent performing services for a client including time spent conferring with the client by telephone and otherwise. Time spent shall be billed at the hourly rate assigned to the attorney in charge. The hourly billing rates vary among the attorneys in our firm. The rates are generally between $ 100 and $200 per hour. The above fees do not include any costs or disbursements. Costs and disbursement include any copying charges, long distance telephone charges, postage and similar charges. These shall be recorded as incurred and shall be included in the monthly billing.
In connection of services billed at fixed fee, payment of such services may be requested before embarking on the job. All advance payment shall include where appropriate related attorneys’ fees, costs and expenses. After an application is filed, amendments and any subsequent services shall be charged on separate basis. .
All billings are due and payable when rendered. Any billing remaining unpaid for more than thirty (30) days shall be considered overdue. In the absence of cogent excuse future services may not be rendered unless payment of arrears has been made.
Withdrawal of representation.
The firm reserves the right to withdraw representation if there is any overdue billing subject to providing the client a prior notice not less than thirty days. Under the circumstances, the client shall not be entitled to