Information on how we charge

What We Charge For

We charge you for our time and for any hard costs associated with your case. Each member of our legal team logs time to your case at his/her specific rate. Each hard cost is billed to you as it is received from the vendor. Vendors may be paid directly from your deposit, or trust, account.  We charge for collection efforts if you do not pay your bill promptly.

What We Do Not Charge For

We do not charge you when you call with a purely administrative question. We do not charge you for in-house incidental copies. We do not charge you for faxes. We do not charge you for long distance telephone charges. We do not charge you for your exclusing, secure client portal where you can view your case daily in real-time.

Accepted Payment Methods

Cash – Checks – Visa – Mastercard – American Express – Diner’s Club – ATM Cards

Discounted Fees:

Active Duty Military, Teachers, Veterans, and First Responders are always eligible for reduced rates on hourly probate, family law and estate planning services.

We accept most legal insurance plans.


Deposit – A deposit is like the deposit you pay when you connect your utility bill. You pay a deposit, pay your invoice each billing cycle and then you receive your deposit back at the end of the case after the final bill is paid.

Retainer – A retainer is similar to a deposit, but the amount may be larger and is used to retain the services of your attorney.  A retainer is not refundable.

Flat Fee – A flat fee is a flat amount you pay for a specific item.

Phase Fee – A phase fee is a flat fee amount you pay for a specific action in your case. For example, you may pay a set amount which will cover your attorney fees through a hearing, a mediation, a final order or other phase in your case.

Hard Costs – Hard costs are items charged by outside vendors; the Bob Leonard Law Group charges the amount charged by the vendor with no mark up. Hard costs may include filing fees, copy fees, delivery fees, process service fees among other items. Whenever possible, we will advise you of the estimated hard cost in advance.

Client Direct Expenses – Client direct expenses are the same as hard costs.