Please note that the firm strives to provide accurate and up-to-date fee information, but that the following may change from time to time without notice.
Amy offers paid consultations for prospective clients by phone and video (30 minutes or 1 hour). Please understand that she cannot give legal advice to non-clients so you should not expect to receive legal advice during an initial consultation. The purpose of this first conversation is to provide you with information about how an attorney can help you, evaluate the scope of work required, and give you an estimate of cost.
We understand the importance of budgeting the cost of legal representation. Therefore, we make every effort to work with you to determine a manageable flat fee billing structure. Many of the firm’s contract review and drafting matters, copyright and trademark registrations, as well as certain film production counsel services are billed on a flat fee basis.
Retainers and Hourly Rates
In the event that a flat fee cannot be determined (e.g., legal research and contract negotiation) or you choose to work with the firm on a continuing basis, Amy will assess your legal needs and require a reasonable retainer fee. Retainers are a sum of money that clients pay before the start of work. The firm will hold such retainer in trust for the client and subtract hourly fees and costs from such retainer as earned. The firm’s typical retainer for a musician/musical group is $1,500 and a production company is $2,500.
Deferred or Contingency Billing
Due to Amy’s commitments to existing clients, the firm does not offer deferred or contingency billing plans, regardless of the type of work or the quality of the materials. The firm encourages pro-bono cases to contact a legal aid association such as Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts. You may also be able to find the information you need on Amy’s list of entertainment industry resources.
The firm accepts payments by eCheck, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover. A small service charge may apply.