Our Fees

What does it cost for an attorney to __________________? It is so hard to find published rates for attorneys. Because of this, we decided to publish our typical rates, so you can know, without even having to call, what we will likely charge.

 

Contingency (Don’t have money? Prefer not to pay a lawyer up front?):
If your case is civil in nature (as opposed to criminal or family-related), we may be able to take your case on contingency.

While contingency fees are not free, they require no money up front.
If the Law Office of Gregory Wilder, PLLC takes your case on contingency, you will not be charged any legal fees up front. If you lose the case, you will not need to pay any attorney's fees.
The Law Office of Gregory Wilder, PLLC's contingency fees start at one third of any recovery, plus costs! Generally, in car accident cases, if the case settles before filing suit, the fee is thirty-three and one third percent of any recovery, plus costs (33 1/3% before the costs are deducted); if suit is filed or if the case goes all the way to trial, the fee increases.
The Law Office of Gregory Wilder, PLLC is willing to do a mix of a flat fees and a contingency fees to lower these percentages. These fees are subject to a legal services agreement.

Flat Fees:

We offer flat fees for many types of legal matters. Below are some of the flat fees that we offer for most cases. Of course, if your case is complex, then we will need to adjust the fee appropriately, but we will let you know after we discuss your case with you. We also frequently offer payment plans for many types of work. Please note that the following fees are not offers, but a list of typical fees, are subject to the terms of a legal services agreement, and are typically non-refundable.

When there is a range listed as the price, the charge will typically be based on how complicated the case is. If the case is simple, expect the fee to be on the lower end. If the case is complicated, expect it to be on the higher end, with the possibility of it being even higher for extremely complex cases.

No result is ever guaranteed.

Some typical estimates of fees follow:

Family Law:

  • $1,250 - Prenuptial/Postnuptial Agreements (more if your case is extremely complex). Prenuptial agreements, marital property divisions, partition and exchange agreements, etc.
  • $4,000-$8,750 - Adoption (more if your case is extremely complex; you are responsible for costs).
  • $2,000 - Uncontested Divorce (you are responsible for costs). Both parties must agree on everything.
  • $4,500-$10,000 - Contested Divorce (more if your case is extremely complex; you are responsible for costs).
  • $3,750 - Child Custody Modification (you are responsible for costs).
  • $2,000 - Uncontested Child Custody Modification (you are responsible for costs). Both parties must agree on everything.
  • $2,500 - Child Support Modification (you are responsible for costs).
  • $950 - Divorce Document Preparation (you are responsible for costs). This includes no representation beyond the initial consultation, drafting and providing you with customized paperwork to file with the court, and an in-depth session discussing the general process.

Will Preparation & Estate Administration:

  • $350 - Custom Will (includes Will signing ceremony).
  • $1,800 - Living Trust with Pour Over Will (you are responsible for costs).
  • $2,000, or 5% in, 5% out in some cases - Independent Administration (you are responsible for costs).
  • $1,500 - Probated Will with Muniment of Title (you are responsible for costs). Your case must qualify.
  • $675 - Probate by Small Estate Affidavit (you are responsible for costs). Your case must qualify.
  • $3,500-$8,000 - Heirship Proceedings (more if your case is extremely complex; you are responsible for costs).

Business Law:

  • $750 - Business Formation
  • $3,750 - Business Collections (you are responsible for costs). Collection a debt owed to you by a business, not a consumer. If you don't want to pay money up front, we may be able to work on a contingency agreement.
  • $600 - Demand (one letter to one party, no suit or trial work). A demand letter from an attorney is much more credible and persuasive than from others. If you want the Law Office of Gregory Wilder, PLLC to only send a demand letter, the fee is significantly reduced. If you later decide to sue, the Law Office of Gregory Wilder, PLLC will discount the total representation fee by $250.
  • $45/page - Contract Review (minimum charge of 3 pages, 12 pt. font, 8.5"x11").
    • This includes an initial consultation, discussing the contract, a thorough review of the proposed contract, and a discussion with you after having read the contract. We will give you some brief insights on issues the contract does and does not address, typo errors, legal defects of the contract, legal risks in the contract, and an attorney's opinion of the contract.
  • $1,250-$4,500 - Contract Drafting and Negotiation (more if your contract is extremely complex; you are responsible for any costs). Simple contracts are on the lower end. Examples of simple contracts include distribution agreements, employment agreements, independent contractor agreements, simple joint venture agreements, partnership agreements, sales agreements, nondisclosure agreements, online e-commerce forms (like disclaimers, privacy policies, terms of service, etc.), simple security interest agreements, etc. An Example of a relatively normal complex drafting and negotiation is a small business buy/sell agreement.

Civil Litigation:

  • $600 - Demand (one letter, no suit or trial work). A demand letter from an attorney is much more credible and persuasive than from others. If you want the Law Office of Gregory Wilder, PLLC to only send a demand letter, the fee is significantly reduced. If you later decide to sue, the Law Office of Gregory Wilder, PLLC will discount the total representation fee by $250.
  • $6,500-$13,000 - Defending You in a Simple Civil Case (more if your case is extremely complex; you are responsible for costs).
  • $6,500-$13,000 - Simple Civil Suit, You as Plaintiff (you are the one suing) (more if your case is extremely complex; you are responsible for costs - Note: the Law Office of Gregory Wilder, PLLC may potentially be willing to take your case on contingency.
  • Typically, these civil litigation fees apply to the following areas of law (among others): Contract/Sales Disputes, Real Estate, Landlord/Tenant, Land Use, Social Security, Tax Law, Tort Law, Malpractice, Insurance Law, Lemon Law, Consumer Law, Bankruptcy, Discrimination Law, Employment Law.
  • Complex cases vary in price. Call for an estimate.

Criminal Defense:

Payment plans are sometimes available for these lawyer's fees on criminal cases.
  • $350 - Speeding Ticket or Comparable Moving Violation (you are responsible for costs).
  • $3,000 - DUI / DWI Defense (you are responsible for costs).
  • $3,750 - Simple Misdemeanor Cases (you are responsible for costs). Typically, a "simple misdemeanor" is either a low-level Class B or Class C misdemeanor. This fee includes all services from the initial consultation and arraignment to the end of trial, if necessary. It does not include appeals. Very simple misdemeanor cases may be cheaper.
  • $6,750 - Complex Misdemeanor Cases (more if your case is extremely complex; you are responsible for costs). All other misdemeanors fall into this category. This fee includes all services from the initial consultation and arraignment to the end of trial, if necessary. It does not include appeals.
  • $18,750 - Simple Felony Cases (more if your case is extremely complex; you are responsible for costs). Second Degree, Third Degree, or State Jail Felonies are typically included. This fee includes all services from the initial consultation and arraignment to the end of trial, if necessary. It does not include appeals.
  • $24,000, approximately - Complex Felony Cases (more if your case is extremely complex; you are responsible for costs). Typically this includes First Degree and Capital Felonies. This fee includes all services from the initial consultation and arraignment to the end of trial, if necessary. It does not include appeals. Call us to find out exactly what the Law Office of Gregory Wilder, PLLC can do for you.

Hourly Billing:

    We offer very reasonable hourly rates, starting at $250 per hour, if that is what you prefer. We are willing to do a mix of fee arrangements. We are willing to be creative on fees.

Mixed Billing:

    We are willing to negotiate mixed billing arrangements, where you pay a flat fee in addition to a contingency fee, or a reduced hourly rate with a flat fee, and a cap on fees. We are also, on occasion, willing to work with you on a payment plan. We are willing to be creative to be able to work with you!

Initial Consultation:

    Your initial consultation with us will be free, unless you contact us through the Tarrant County Bar Association Lawyer Referral & Information Service (for which we charge $20 for the initial 30 minute consultation).

Costs:

    In all of our agreements you are typically responsible for costs. Costs typically include things like court filing fees, court reporter fees, expert witness fees, copy fees, postage, personal investigators, travel-related expenses, and any fees or costs assessed against you by the court. We may advance you costs, at our sole discretion.
    The Law Office of Gregory Wilder, PLLC will give good efforts to keep your costs low. If you are concerned about costs, we can try to estimate what they will be before-hand, and work with you to find ways to lower the costs. However, if your case needs an expert witness or depositions, the costs still may be high.


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