ABOUT Attorney's FEES

HOW ARE ATTORNEY'S FEES Determined?

How are attorney's fees determined in criminal cases?

  • Just as with a civil case, the facts and seriousness or complexity of a criminal case will determine how much the attorney's fees will be. 
  • After talking with you in the initial consultation, at no charge, we will be able to tell you what the fee would be.
  • Depending upon the facts of your case, we may work at an hourly rate or for a flat fee.
  • There are no contingent fees in criminal cases (see ER 1.5(d)(2)).
  • The facts and seriousness or complexity of your case will determine how much the attorney's fees will be.
  • After talking with you in the initial consultation, at no charge, Mr. Ellinwood will be able to tell you what the fee would be.
  • Depending upon the facts of your case, Mr. Ellinwood may work on a contingent fee basis, at an hourly rate, or for a flat fee.

How much do I pay your firm to represent me in a civil case?

  • A contingent fee is a fee based upon a percentage of the amount recovered in your case.
  • To be contingent means the lawyer's fee is conditioned upon whether you win the case or obtain a settlement.
  • If you do not recover a monetary award, there are no attorney's fees. If you do recover a monetary award, then there are attorney's fees.
  • For example, if there is a recovery of $100,000 and the contingent fee is at the rate of 33%, the fee is equal to 33% of $100,000 or $33,333.

What is a contingent fee?

  • No.
  • In addition to the attorney's fees, the client is responsible for expenses related to the litigation.
  • For example, if your case requires the consultation or testimony of an expert witness, the fee for the expert is in addition to any fee paid to the attorney.

Does the attorney's fees include expenses?

  • Yes. The firm can accept credit card payments from most major credit cards.

Does the attorney's fees include expenses?

The Arizona Supreme Court has established Ethical Rules that govern the relationship between attorneys and clients, including the determination of attorney's fees (see, ER 1.5).  

Below are some guidelines for how Ralph E. Ellinwood Attorney at Law PLLC determines fees. When you consult Mr. Ellinwood, please ask any questions you might have about attorney's fees in your case.