At Goldberg & Associates, PLLC,
we offer our Association Law clients a choice of payment options. Attorneys who practice
corporate law traditionally work on an hourly fee basis, billing an agreed-upon rate for
each hour (or fraction thereof) of work performed. This traditional billing approach is
chosen by some of our clients, especially new groups not yet certain of their legal
Because of the experience of our key personnel as
association staff members, however, for many clients we suggest a negotiated, fixed-fee
retainer approach, which covers all agreed-upon legal work (usually all work except
litigation) for one annual fee, which can then be paid on a monthly or quarterly basis.
We believe this retainer approach works best for
many organizations, since it provides budget certainty (legal fees will never exceed the
agreed-upon amount, unless litigation occurs) and keeps the lines of communication open
between our firm and our clients. We routinely keep our retainer clients informed of new
developments impacting their organization; the client, in turn, can receive a prompt
answer to any kind of question, no matter how apparently trivial, without our
"meter" ticking in the background.
Our fees are reasonable and are flexible enough to
meet the needs of any size organization. Reimbursement for expenses such as copying,
telephone, postage and travel is, of course, in addition to the fee.