Process and Pricing

Most of the time our clients have never spoken to an attorney before regarding any legal matter, and sometimes they have never spoken to an attorney at all. The most frequent questions I get when clients begin the process are #1, “how much does it cost?” and #2, “how does it all work?” Let’s take those questions in order.

1. How much does this cost?
With The Kirby G. Smith Law Firm, the more you recover, the more you save. I’ll explain that here.

I have spent more than a decade in this specific practice area, and in that time I have learned that most attorneys practicing employment law fall into two areas – either attorneys working on only contingency that aren’t interested in anything more than getting a cut of your lump sum settlement, or case mills that churn out cases as fast as possible for a low fee. Both models are broken. The high contingency fee model pushes attorneys to compromise other damages important to your working future, such as a neutral reference to help with your job search, in order to maximize their profit on your case. The case mill model pushes you out the door as quickly as possible because the up-front fee has already been made; the firm offers you no additional services you could desperately need as the process moves forward, such as unemployment appeal or disability assistance, because their cut-rate price structure won’t allow for it. Some firms will take their flat rate and not even offer to take your case to court.

We have a better way. We offer a “mixed fee” system, meaning that you pay one fee up front (with financing available), and we collect a much smaller contingency fee than virtually any competitor nationwide. This solves both problems you see with traditional employment firms. We are able to offer assistance in all phases of your case, including unemployment appeals, yet our final price to you will normally end up being less than any of our competitors if you win or settle.

If your case settles for even $10,000, you will end up paying our firm $150 less than most of our competitors. The more you recover, the more you save.

If you are a small business, then we offer a flat fee structure and payment plans for most services so that you will know exactly how much you are paying. This avoids the stress and anxiety of waiting for an hourly invoice to be sent to you at the end of the month for a total amount that may or may not fit into your businesses’ budget.

2. How Does it All Work?
You will begin by speaking with one of our case intake specialists. Our case intake specialists do two things: first, they will ensure that your claim is “actionable,” meaning it is a claim that contains all elements necessary to bring a case to court. Second, our intake specialists will serve as step one of a “double blind” system, meaning that they will use their experience in the field to decide whether they believe that our services will offer you value. After your case intake call, you will be scheduled to have a consultation with one of our attorneys, normally the founding partner, Kirby G. Smith. The consultation will be step two of our “double blind” process, as the attorney will take a second look at your case to make sure he/she believes we can provide value to you with our services. If we both decide to move forward with the case, you will be sent a contract usually that same day to review. Once you sign it and return it, we will either take the flat fee payment from you or we will set you up with our financing services (you can even use your own financing service if you want). Once the payment is confirmed and the contract is signed, our work on your case will begin with an intake specialist working with you to collect documents and other information needed to prove your case. You will then be assigned to an attorney at the firm who will be your main point of contact on your case. A supervising attorney will also review all matters in your case and is your second point of contact if you have any trouble with your attorney.

Please take a look at our practice areas, our staff, and our results; then, if you’re ready to move forward with us, please contact us today.