The costs of representation are of course always a concern for clients, and many wonder how attorneys set the prices they charge. In Louisiana, Rule 1.5 of the Rules of Professional Conduct mandates that a lawyer charge only a reasonable fee. In setting his fees for a case, Mr. Haedicke considers an array of factors including:
(1) the time and labor required, the novelty and difficulty of the questions involved, and the skill requisite to perform the legal service properly;
(2) the likelihood that the acceptance of the particular employment will preclude other employment by the lawyer;
(3) the fee customarily charged in the locality for similar legal services;
(4) the amount involved and the results obtained;
(5) the time limitations imposed by the client or by the circumstances;
(6) the nature and length of the professional relationship with the client; and
(7) whether the fee is fixed or contingent.
In many criminal cases, Mr. Haedicke sets a flat fee for his services so that the client knows up front what the case will cost and can instead focus on clearing his or her name. Depending on circumstances, however, he may charge an hourly rate for his work. Mr. Haedicke generally takes personal injury and civil rights cases on a contingency basis, meaning that the client does not have to pay him anything unless there is a recovery.
In all situations, Mr. Haedicke remains sensitive to his client’s legitimate concerns about costs. All of his contracts to represent clients are in writing, so that everyone knows exactly what to expect. Mr. Haedicke always strives to deliver the best possible legal representation at a reasonable price.