Whether someone is a first time consumer of legal services or has retained legal counsel often the costs of legal services are a concern.
Attorney Fees at the Law Office of Jay R. Mueller
At the Law Office of Jay R. Mueller, we try hard to keep attorney fees not only reasonable but affordable.
In Domestic Relations or Family Law cases such as Divorce, Child Custody litigation, or Child Support litigation, our attorney fees are $200.00 per hour. This does not include costs, filing fees, or court imposed fees, etc. We accept retainers in these types of cases, usually $1,500.00-$2,500.00 depending upon circumstances.
In Domestic Violence cases pending before the Domestic Violence Special Commissioners and Hearing Officers, we normally charge a flat fee of $1,250.00 and typically matters are resolved in one or two hearings.
We offer flat fees for criminal cases heard before the Metropolitan Court. Similar attorney fees are charged for similar cases in other jurisdictions, travel however is usually added to the overall costs.
Misdemeanor DWI First Offense starting at $1,500.00.
Misdemeanor DWI Second or Third Offense starting at $2,750.00.
Misdemeanor Domestic Violence First Offense starting at $1,500.00.
We offer payment plans with 50% down. We accept most debit and credit cards.
The State Bar of New Mexico provides excellent information with respect to attorney fees. Please clink on the links below.
In general, attorney fees must be “reasonable”. What does that mean for the consumer and potential client? The New Mexico Rules for Professional Conduct which governs the legal profession in our state says:
Rule 16-105 Fees
(A) Determination of Reasonableness. A lawyer's fee shall be reasonable. The factors to be considered in determining the reasonableness of a fee include the following:
(1) the time and labor required, the novelty and difficulty of the questions involved, and the skill requisite to perform the legal service properly;
(2) the likelihood, if apparent to the client, that the acceptance of the particular employment will preclude other employment by the lawyer;
(3) the fee customarily charged in the locality for similar legal services;
(4) the amount involved and the results obtained;
(5) the time limitations imposed by the client or by the circumstances;
(6) the nature and length of the professional relationship with the client;
(7) the experience, reputation, and ability of the lawyer performing the services; and
(8) whether the fee is fixed or contingent.
B. Basis or Rate of Fees. When the lawyer has not regularly represented the client, the basis or rate of the fee shall be communicated to the client, preferably in writing, before or within a reasonable time after commencing the representation.
C. Contingency Fees. A fee may be contingent on the outcome of the matter for which the service is rendered, except in a matter in which a contingent fee is prohibited by paragraph (d) or other law. A contingent fee agreement shall be in writing and shall state the method by which the fee is to be determined, including the percentage or percentages that shall accrue to the lawyer in the event of settlement, trial or appeal, litigation and other expenses to be deducted from the recovery, and whether such expenses are to be deducted before or after the contingent fee is calculated. Upon conclusion of a contingent fee matter, the lawyer shall provide the client with a written statement stating the outcome of the matter and, if there is a recovery, showing the remittance to the client and the method of its determination.
D. Prohibited FeeArrangements. A lawyer shall not enter into an arrangement for, charge, or collect:
(1) any fee in a domestic relations matter, the payment or amount of which is contingent upon the securing of a divorce or upon the amount of alimony or support, or property settlement in lieu thereof; or
(2) a contingent fee for representing a defendant in a criminal case.
E. Fee Splitting. A division of fee between lawyers who are not in the same firm may be made only if:
(1) the division is in proportion to the services performed by each lawyer or, by written agreement with the client, each lawyer assumes joint responsibility for the representation;
(2) the client is advised of and does not object to the participation of all the lawyers involved; and