There is a British adage, "penny wise is pound
foolish". It generally refers to making decisions to save
pennies that end up costing considerably more. However if you are
paying legal counsel on an hourly basis, your legal bills for
immigration matters are likely costing you considerably more than
paying on a fixed fee basis. Despite this adage, you should
consider requesting a restructuring of the financial terms with
your immigration legal counsel. Here are four reasons why it is
more advantageous for you to pay your attorney on a fixed fee basis
to handle your immigration needs, on non litigious matters.
1. Fixed fees cost less
Law firms that charge hourly fees use several practices that can
increase the cost of legal services without necessarily increasing
the quality of the work. Many law firms place ongoing pressure on
their partners to bill a certain number of hours each month in
order to meet costly overheads. This pressure forces lawyers to
"pad" their billings with unnecessary charges for
research, phone conferences and e-mails to clients. Furthermore, it
is common for law firms to hire entry-level and junior lawyers or
even paralegals to perform work on behalf of senior lawyers who are
able to bill their clients for much or all of the work at the
senior lawyers' higher hourly rates. Some firms engage in a
practice of adding a result-oriented surcharge bonus in instances
where they know the client was contented with the positive outcome
of a case. All of these practices lead to higher costs for the
client. On the other hand, if you agree to a fixed fee with your
immigration attorney before work on your file begins, the attorney
will be unable to increase the cost of legal services by using any
of the practices mentioned above. With fixed fee arrangements, you
pay for the efficient resolution of your case and nothing more.
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