Some thoughts about money
At Rubin & Bernstein PLLC we fret about fees and costs. We fret because, as professionals whose time costs real money, we want to be sure that our services add value which exceeds our charges, significantly. Again: we want to be sure that our services add value which exceeds our charges, significantly.
Value exceeding charges, significantly? That means we don’t charge $2000 to recover $3-5000. We won’t get involved in a battle driven by feelings, for when the monthly invoices arrive, you’ll wonder what had you so angry! And we’re going to be very practical about solutions, focusing on outcomes and costs. Simply, and we don’t want to sound like we only care about money, what ends up in your pocket—net of fees and costs—matters most.
Our words matter most in difficult situations. But our philosophy applies with respect to everything we do. We focus on best outcomes, and always take fees and costs into account.
Fees v. Costs
When you receive a bill, it will often include both fees and costs. Fees are amounts we’re charging you for the services we provided. So, what are costs? Amounts we’ve paid on your behalf, most often for a filing fee to a governmental body or a service provider. Costs are pass- through items: we charge you what we’ve paid. Absent extraordinary circumstances, we don’t charge for copies, postage, and other incidentals.
Two or more of us
One more thing about fees. From time to time you might see more than one of us—whether it’s Leigh, Mark, and Matt, or one or more of us and one of our assistants—in a meeting or in court. Relax, please, if you think we’re all billing you for our time. Only one of us bills when you’re getting two or more of us, and if we’re billing by the hour you’ll be charged at your primary attorney’s hourly rate. (We talk amongst ourselves about our cases, as well, as we want to benefit from one another’s knowledge and wisdom. But you’ll never see a bill which includes charges for time spent by us, talking with one another.)