1/3 contingency; there is no fee unless we collect.
See “The Legal Process” page for more information about contingency fees.
Appeals/Article 78 Proceedings
Our flat rate for an initial consultation (whether in person or remote) is $250.00. After that our rate is $250.00 per hour. Your up front cost will vary, depending upon complexity. For Article 78 Proceedings the usual initial retainer is $3,000.00 – $6,000.00. For appeals to County Court (from Justice Court matters) or to the Appellate Division (from Supreme, County or Family Court matters), the usual initial retainer is $6,000.00 – $12,000.00. Additionally, most appeals involve significant printing and binding costs, usually between $3,500.00 and $6,000.00, depending on the number of pages in the Record and the number of documents in the case.
CPS Expungement Hearings
Our flat rate for an initial consultation (whether in person or remote) is $250.00. After that our rate is $250.00 per hour. Your up front cost will vary, depending upon complexity. The retainer is divided into two parts. The first part usually is $3,500.00 which will take us up to the initial administrative review. If the matter is satisfactorily resolved at the administrative level, any unused portion of the retainer is refunded to the client. If the matter is not satisfactorily resolved, OCFS will automatically schedule an Administrative Fair Hearing (or “Expungement Hearing”) and an additional $3,500.00 retainer is required. This office requires that both halves, usually $7,000.00, be deposited in advance of undertaking any work in the case. The unused portion of any fee is returned to the client.
Vehicle and Traffic Matters
We handle traffic tickets almost anywhere in New York State outside of New York City and its surrounding counties, usually by mail. Our flat fee is $350.00 provided no personal appearances by counsel are necessary, and provided that there are no charges involved in the case other than vehicle and traffic (VTL) offenses.
Simple Wills/Mirror Wills
Our flat fee is $450.00 which includes a Last Will and Testament (or mirror Wills for a couple), Health Care Proxies, Powers of Attorney and, if you have children under the age of eighteen years, Temporary Guardianship documents.
Probate and Estate Proceedings
We handle Probate and Estate proceedings in the Surrogate’s Courts of Erie, Monroe, Niagara, Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming Counties. For smaller Estates, the proceedings usually are handled most economically at our usual hourly rate of $250.00 per hour. The initial retainer will depend upon the resources available to the Estate. For more complex Estates our fees are commensurate to the Executor’s Fees established pursuant to Surrogate’s Court Procedure Act §2307 which provides a sliding scale: 5% of sums not exceeding $100,000.00, 4% sums not exceeding $200,000.00, 3% of sums not exceeding $700,000.00, 2 1/2% of sums not exceeding $4,000,000.00, and 2% of sums exceeding $5,000,000.00.
The foregoing fees are exclusive of any costs associated with the case.
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