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Law Office of Sandra J. Slaga, P.C.
515 North Court Street
Rockford, IL 61103
How much is this going to cost? This is, understandably, an important question people have when they walk into a lawyer’s office.
Estimating legal expenses is not impossible, however, if one only requires ballpark figures. Many lawyers calculate legal fees based on an hourly billing rate. Simple matters may require only a few hours of an attorney’s time.
To offset this uncertainty, some lawyers now offer “flat rate” billing for simple transactions such as basic wills or uncontested divorces. Flat rates don’t necessarily guarantee a lower cost when compared to hourly billing, but they often make it easier for a client to plan his or her finances.
In the end, each legal matter, like each individual, is unique. The best thing to do is to talk to your lawyer. Make sure she understands your circumstances and what you want to accomplish. Although exact predictions are often impossible, once she knows your specific facts, your lawyer will usually be able to give you enough information about the costs to allow you to plan accordingly.