Choosing an attorney in the Quad Cities is often a difficult and time consuming process for any type of legal issue. When you are in need of an elder law attorney the need to choose the right attorney is amplified for several reasons. While there are many factors that may go into your decision to hire an attorney, one question that frequently comes up during the selection process is “How do elder law attorneys in the Quad Cities charge?”
Understandably, one of the biggest concerns anytime you have a legal issue or concern is the fees that accompany the issue. Knowing up front what fees you will incur for an attorney’s assistance can help you budget and plan. Unfortunately, it is often impossible for an attorney to provide you with a precise figure for the cost of representation. An attorney should, however, explain his or her fees and let you know how fees are calculated.
Elder law is a relatively new and somewhat unique area of the law. An elder law attorney will frequently handle legal issues from a wide variety of areas of the law. For example, an elder law attorney might be needed to obtain guardianship over an elderly loved one for one client, assist another client to qualify for Medicaid, and prepare a power of attorney for yet another client. While it may be easy to provide an accurate cost to prepare a power of attorney, the time required to obtain guardianship or get a Medicaid application approved can vary considerably. Because it is nearly impossible to know ahead of time exactly how long it will take to resolve many elder law matters, most elder law attorneys in the Quad Cities will charge an hourly fee and require a retainer to get started. The amount of the retainer is based on the attorney’s previous experience with similar cases; however, it is important to remember that the retainer is not the final cost. The final cost could be more or less than the amount of the retainer. Charges are then billed against the retainer fee as they become due. If it becomes apparent that the case will require considerably more time that the retainer will cover an additional retainer may be requested.
Although it may be unrealistic to know the final cost of your legal representation for some elder law issues your attorney should be clear how your fees will be calculated and what you will be charged per hour.
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