Consultation and Fees
All potential new clients are entitled to a free consultation: this can be done over the telephone or in person. It usually is for no more than a half hour.
Andy Cook normally bills by the hour, although in rare cases flat fee arrangements can be made. This portion of our website discusses the hourly fee method only.
If you want to hire Andy Cook, you will be asked to make a down payment. Some people call this a “retainer”, but that is not an accurate term. A better word is “deposit” because if the money paid is not used up, the unused portion is refunded.
The amount of the deposit will depend on a number of factors, including the complexity of your case and your employment status. Andy Cook bills by the hour and draws against the deposit until it is used up. The hourly rate depends on whether or not you have legal insurance or have been referred by a referral panel. If your deposit is used up, you will be billed for additional fees and costs on a monthly basis. All information about your deposit is in a fee agreement which both you and Mr. Cook will sign.
Andy Cook accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover Card, as well as cash and money orders and cashier’s checks. If you owe money beyond the initial deposit, personal checks are accepted as well. Andy Cook does not charge, and he is not allowed to charge, a surcharge or finance fee simply because you use a credit card.
If you are unable to make it to our office, we can send you a fee agreement by mail, fax, or e-mail. There is a place on the fee agreement where you can fill in credit card information so that you can return the fee agreement to us by fax or e-mail and immediately get started. If you prefer, you may make your credit card payment on line by going to the home page of this web site. Or, of course, you can simply mail in a check instead, provided that it is a cashier’s check or money order.
Our fee agreement provides that other people besides you may pay for our initial deposit, or subsequent amounts due. Obviously, if Andy Cook accepts payment from a third party via credit card, that third party must sign a special written authorization that can be emailed to you or that person or both, for signature by the third party; or, in certain cases, the third person may use this web site and make a payment online.
Whatever your method of payment, our goal at the Law Offices of Andy Cook is to keep the cost of legal services under control.