work on a contingency fee basis?
take a matter on a contingency fee basis. We charge
our current hourly rate for most matters. However,
feel free to ask if your matter might be one of the
If I’m injured in a car accident can you help me?
lawyers in our office do not handle personal injury
cases, but we would be happy to refer you to an
attorney who can help you.
How do you determine if you will represent
initially contact our office, you should be prepared
to provide details of your case, including the names
of all of the people involved, to the front office
staff. This information remains confidential. Our
staff will check all names against our conflict file
to assure that representation will not violate
Oregon State Bar rules. Your case will then be
discussed with the attorneys to consider your
timeline and the attorneys’ schedule and to be sure
that your case falls within the attorneys’ areas of
expertise. You will then be contacted and, if we are
able to represent you, an appointment will be
What can I do to keep expenses down?
information you are able to provide, the less we
will have to bill you for our time spent gathering
it. Before your initial consultation, gather up all
paper work you have that’s related to your case. For
land use and real estate matters, include deeds,
maps, surveys, loan documents and any other
documents you have that pertain to your specific
situation. Make copies for the lawyer and keep a
copy for yourself. Make a list of questions you have
for the lawyer. Make a timeline of events if that is
relevant to your case. Any time you call your
lawyer, keep your conversation brief and to the
How do you calculate the fees you charge?
is billed on an hourly basis, charged in one-tenth
hour increments. Please call our office for our
current hourly rates. In addition, we charge for
long distance telephone calls and faxes, copying,
postage, mileage and other costs we incur working on
your case. You are expected to pay court filing
fees, recording fees, publication fees and surveying
Why should I use a lawyer instead of a Stevens
Stevens-Ness forms are helpful and we sometimes use
them, but each case is fact dependent and your case
may not fit into the specific situation the form was
designed to address. An experienced attorney can
help you determine if there is a better way to
address your case and protect yourself by
customizing your documents.
Do you offer free consultations?
No, we do
not. A consultation with an attorney in our office
will generally last approximately one hour and the
consultation fee will be based on our current hourly
rate. During the consultation you and the attorney
will be able to determine if more work will be
required and can discuss the possibility of future