Today, let's do a pretend story together.
Come on, just play along with me...
I would like you to consider yourself an attorney for a minute. How much do attorneys charge per hour? $150 - to several hundred dollars per hour?
Just for example, consider yourself a $100 per hour attorney. I come to you and tell you I am married with children, including a teenage driver.
What I'd like to do is work out a flat monthly fee with you to provide attorney legal services for me, my spouse and my children. I’ll outline some of our needs while you add up how much you’ll charge me at your $100 per hour rate.
First, I want to pick up the phone and talk with you about ANY legal matter – business or personal. We might call one time, 5 five times – any number of times with no time limit on how long we talk. Ok, just start adding this up.
Plus, before we ever sign a legal document – we want you to review it – whether it’s a contract to buy a home, lease a car, rent an apartment, whatever it is.
And, we also want you to make a phone call or write a letter on our behalf when we have a legal situation. Even if it’s a dog barking at 3am and the neighbors won’t take care of it.
Or, let’s say a manufacturer won’t stand behind a warranty, we want you to step in and resolve this or just a wide range of separate issues -- no matter how many times a month they may arise.
Oh, yes – I need you to draft my will and review it and update it for me annually.
I would also like having access all across the country. So if we are traveling in another state and need legal advice or legal services, we expect you to refer me to an attorney in that state. Mind you, this is all needs to be handled out of the monthly fee we set up.
And while I’m on a roll, I Don’t want to pay more than $50 a month…actually much less than that. That's the kind of legal services help I'd like.
Can YOU do that?…
So, at $100 per hour, how much are you going to charge me?!
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