Retainer and Fees

At ANM Legal Services, the key objectives are to make legal services more cost effective, client focused, and affordable.  A number of the features of the firm’s service delivery model serve to accomplish these objectives:

First, ANM Legal Services does not operate a trust account. There is never a requirement, consequently, to deposit any retainer funds in trust.  However, a retainer agreement is always required to ensure consensus between lawyer and client as to what legal services are to be provided and at what cost. The client may be required to pay the agreed fee in advance of starting the work, or invoiced after the work is completed. In either case the method and timing of payment will be agreed upon between the lawyer and client.

Secondly, whereas the largest overhead costs for a traditional law firm are office space and staff, all areas of ANM Legal Services’ business are offered electronically or digitally  thus reducing overhead costs significantly. Furthermore, this can be done without compromising timeliness and quality of service.  It should be pointed out that while ANM Legal Services operates as a virtual law office, Andrew Montgomery will meet with you when requested or required.

Thirdly, ANM Legal Services only operates within selected and specific areas of law for which Andrew Montgomery has significant and substantial experience. Equally important, the Firm emphasizes a preventive approach to the use of legal services as opposed to a curative approach. Put simply, helping clients get it legally correct at the onset, is more cost effective by far than assisting them in fixing problems after they occur.

Finally, lawyers have historically been retained to be fully involved with and in control of clients’ legal matters from start to finish. While it is true that the lawyer always acts on the client’s instructions, both the substantive and procedural aspects of the legal matter are fully in the control of the lawyer. Unbundling of legal services and limited retainers are changing the historic model of service delivery for lawyers. For example, the client can conduct his or her own legal matter while choosing to come to the lawyer only at select stages where strategic advice is required.

In some cases, the lawyer’s input may be sought at the beginning of the client’s legal matter. In the context of litigation, for example, this might involve identifying what the client’s cause of action is, and analyzing best options forward in order to maximize chances of success. These are kinds of questions that the lawyer is especially well suited to answer. The client may return at other points in the litigation process for a specific legal opinion on a particular issue, or for help with the drafting of or review and editing of legal documents.

ANM Legal Services would be delighted to speak with you at any time to discuss in further detail how its business model works.