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Attorneys Fees and Costs

Fees and Costs


There is no doubt about it, hiring a lawyer can be expensive. Good lawyers have invested a lot in their legal education and career and work hard for their clients. The value proposition offered by Mike Winsten and Winsten Law Group is a background of big firm training, and over two decades of intensive work as a business lawyer and litigator. As shown on the About Us and About Mike pages of this website, Mr. Winsten is highly credentialed and experienced. Mr. Winsten’s hourly rate is currently $300 per hour. This is not inexpensive, but is far lower than the hourly rates charged by large law firms for lawyers with similar training and experience.


It is very difficult to estimate in advance how much a legal transaction or lawsuit will ultimately cost. This is because it is impossible to predict the behavior of the other parties involved, and how much work will be required to negotiate and complete and transaction, or to fully investigate and prepare a lawsuit for settlement, trial or other disposition.


Aside from attorneys fees, legal matters and lawsuits often require the expense of third party vendors, which may include private investigators, expert witnesses, couriers, court fees, court reporters for depositions, mediators, arbitrators and many other potential expenses. At Winsten Law Group, unlike other law firms, we don’t mark-up these third party expenses, we just ask that you reimburse us for what we are charged. In some circumstances, where these expenses are expected to be substantial, such as with an expert witness, court reporters, mediators and arbitrators, we ask that the client pay these expenses directly.


We are mindful of the expensive nature of legal services, and always endeavor to keep our fees and costs proportional to the amount at issue in the transaction or lawsuit. We are usually successful, but sometimes the cost of ‘justice’ outweighs the amount at stake, and in those situations we may recommend a compromise be sought before the cost of completing a legal matter becomes out of proportion to the amount at stake.


We are mindful of the expensive nature of legal services, and always endeavor to keep our fees and costs proportional to the amount at issue in the transaction or lawsuit. We are usually successful, but sometimes the cost of ‘justice’ outweighs the amount at stake, and in those situations we may recommend a compromise be sought before the cost of completing a legal matter becomes out of proportion to the amount at stake.


We are always willing to provide an estimate of the cost of a transaction or lawsuit, but keep in mind, such estimates are imprecise and not binding due to the intrinsic nature of legal services.


Our initial consultations are free. If there is mutual agreement that you wish to retain our services, and we wish to provide you with our legal services, we will ask you to read and sign our standard retainer letter which lays out our standard terms and conditions of doing business with you. You can download a copy of our standard retainer letter here.


We will also ask you for an advance payment retainer in an amount that we will determine depending on the nature of the legal services to be provided.


Please fill out this brief form if you have any questions about the attorneys fees or costs that might be incurred for your legal matter.

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