It depends on the type of file. At your first appointment, one of our lawyers will give you a clear assessment of what you may expect your legal matter to cost based on the following. For common business and real estate transactions, wills, and family matters (such as an uncontested divorce) our firm charges a standard flat fee so you will know exactly how much your matter should cost to complete. For flat fee services, we generally require the entire amount in the form of a retainer. For more complicated matters such as civil litigation, contentious family matters, or complex business transactions involving negotiation, the firm charges a competitive hourly rate and will generally require a $1000-$2000 retainer. We will promptly let you know if more retainer funds need to be deposited as your matter proceeds.