TYPES OF FEES CHARGED FOR DIFFERENT CASES
An initial attorney consultation with Ken McKenna can be made by appointment. A consultation is an opportunity to explain your situation to Mr. McKenna and receive his impression of the legal merits of your case. The work to be done on your behalf will be determined in this meeting. Fees will be discussed and you will have the option of hiring Mr. McKenna as your Nevada attorney if he believes your case is worth pursuing.
Hourly attorney rates are not common in Mr. McKenna’s practice. As Ken McKenna discovered many years ago when he first began practice law, the thing that creates conflict between an attorney and his client is the perception of over-billing hourly work. A client who receives a bill at the end of the month and is shocked by it is not going to have a favorable rapport with that attorney. Ken McKenna does not ever want to be in a situation with his client where they are wondering if he is putting their best interest first or his own. The perception that attorneys make work and intentionally drag out matters to feather their own nest and create unnecessary work to generate billable hours is something Ken McKenna’s clients do not need to worry about.
FLAT RATE LAWYER FEES
In most cases, after the initial consultation, Mr. McKenna will determine a flat rate attorney fee for which he is willing to pursue that client’s case. This fee includes all work necessary to be done, without limit, to complete the client’s case through trial if necessary. The flat rate attorney fee does not include appeals, which may come after the trial if appropriate. Appeal fees would be discussed and determined in those specific instances. The advantage of flat lawyer fees is the client knows exactly what the legal service will cost from start to finish. There are no surprises on the eve of trial or last minute increases as can happen with other fee arrangements by some lawyers. A more psychological and emotional benefit of flat-rate attorney fees for the client is that Mr. McKenna has no personal financial motive for dragging the case out or making it more complicated than necessary in order to create billable hours. Flat rates automatically create efficiency in handling your case.
CRIMINAL DEFENSE CASES
Criminal defense cases are charged at a flat rate fee. The amount in attorney’s fees will be determined by the nature of the accusations and all the surrounding circumstances. Each criminal case is considered unique and each client is treated as an individual so that there are no set lawyer rates. Attorney fees are determined on a case by case basis, which will be given at the initial consultation. Experience, expertise, success, and jury prowess are unique to each attorney. Ken McKenna is an exceptional Nevada trial attorney and as such you can expect his fees for criminal defense to reflect that compared to lesser qualified Nevada attorneys.
PERSONAL INJURY CASES
Personal injury cases are accepted on a contingent fee basis. This is a fee that is a percentage of the settlement or jury award. The standard percentage is 40%. All clients are also responsible for the cost incurred in the processing of their claim. The advantage of a contingent fee for the client is that there is no up front retainer required.
Attorney fees are paid at the time of retaining Mr. McKenna. Payment arrangements are decided on a case-by-case basis. This can be discussed at the initial consultation.
Mr. McKenna does not take all cases presented to him and has the right to accept cases or reject them at his discretion.