Most Common Hourly Non-Litigation Services We Provide
The types of issues where we provide Hourly Non-Litigation Services is when a client wants to remove online content and no litigation is involved or contemplated as part of the legal engagement.
Many of the matters we handle that fall under this category are factual and truthful in nature, or some other reason precludes any valid legal claim to litigate, even if the client wanted to file a lawsuit for any number of reasons. Common examples include:
However, this list is far from exhaustive. Some of the cases that we handle under this service category involve online harassment, extortion, sextortion, criminal conduct, porn, defamation, and other online privacy concerns.
We can generally attempt to remove any type of content clients want taken down from almost any type of website or platform. And we have a high success rate in doing so.
The bottom line is, for purposes of determining the type of service category your matter falls into, any matter we handle that:
- Doesn’t involve a lawsuit, and
- Isn’t a Guaranteed Content Removal, generally falls under this service offering.
Average Costs of Hourly Non-Litigation Services
Generally, most Hourly Non-Litigation Services require a minimum retainer of $3,500 to $4,500 to attempt to remove content posted on one or two websites.
Like Guaranteed Removals, the more websites, content, and work that is anticipated, the higher the retainer an attorney will likely request. A good rule of thumb is that an additional $1000 is usually requested as a retainer for each additional website or link a client wants removed. As mentioned above, we do offer discounts for volume and other factors, depending on the websites involved.
The hourly rate of the attorney you are working with, anticipated work needed to be completed, and other factors can also determine the size of a requested retainer amount.
Currently, based on our internal accounting data, the average cost of Hourly Non-Litigation matters falls between $5,000-$6,000. However, total costs are regularly higher or lower on any given matter, and depend on:
- How much content you want removed,
- How many websites the content is posted on,
- How difficult it is to remove the content,
- How many attorney-client meetings are needed,
- How long, the complexity, or how much information there is to get up to speed on,
- The nature of the content or sensitivities of the issues at play,
- The hourly rate of the attorney you are working with, and
- How much time it takes to complete the matter.
Monthly invoices detailing invoice amounts, work completed, and remaining retainer amounts are provided to clients near the beginning of every month.
Like Guaranteed Removal matters, every situation is unique. You must reach out to us and speak to an attorney directly regarding the specific facts of your case. Doing so will enable you to obtain a more accurate estimate of what total case costs may look like and what your retainer amount would be for your matter.
Frequently Asked Questions About Non-Litigation Services
What is a Retainer & How do Hourly Billed Legal Services Work?
A retainer is an advance payment (or deposit) made by clients for legal services to be performed. All retainers are put into our firm’s trust account (called an IOLTA), which is regulated and subject to audit by the State of Ohio.
Retainers are NOT fixed fee price quotes or estimates of overall case costs.
We bill Non-Litigation Services hourly against retainers deposited by clients. Invoices detailing the amount of time and work completed are sent out electronically to every client via email at the beginning of each month. They detail the work completed the prior month.
At the conclusion of your matter, if the overall costs of a legal matter wind up being less than the retainer, any remaining amount in trust will be returned.
For example, let’s say a client pays a non-litigation retainer of $4,000 to attempt to remove two news articles appearing on a single website. If the attorney’s hourly rate working on the matter is $400 per hour and the attorney does five hours of work to remove the articles, then $2,000 will be deducted from the $4,000 retainer. That leaves $2,000 left of the retainer for additional services or to be returned to the client.
On the flip side, if (or when) the costs of a legal matter exceed the initial retainer, we will then bill monthly for amounts in excess of the retainer to collect payment for the work performed the prior month. We do not require ‘evergreen’ retainers.
So, if on that same matter mentioned above, a total of 15 hours were billed by the same attorney to complete the work, that would cost $6,000, and exceed the original retainer by $2,000. The client will then be billed for the amount overage ($2,000), as work is completed once the retainer is depleted.
How Much Time Do Hourly Non-Litigation Cases Take?
On average, most Hourly Non-Litigation matters take around 3 to 4 months to complete. However, as with all legal matters, this is entirely dependent on the facts of your case.
For example, if only one website is involved and we are able to reach all parties and complete work quickly, these matters can be completed in as little as 30 to 60 days.
Of course, if the opposite circumstances are present (many sites, slow communications, etc), timelines are often much more prolonged.
Usually, how long matters take is an unknown factor that is mostly out of the control of the attorney you are working with. Regardless of the case, the goal of every attorney, on every case, is to complete work in as professional and reasonably expeditious manner as possible.
What Can I Expect Working With Minc Law on an Hourly Non-Litigation Case?
On Hourly Non-Litigation cases, both a dedicated Minc Law attorney and paralegal will be assigned to your case.
The first step of the process is to speak with a paralegal at Minc Law to determine that you indeed qualify as a potential client for this type of matter and that it is appropriate for your type of legal issues and case.
Typical questions that a paralegal will want to know is:
- Your basic contact information,
- The facts and issue you are calling about,
- That you are aware and can afford the typical minimum budget needed for the type of matter that you will discuss with an attorney,
- Links to the content at issue that you may want removed, and
- Other types of information to assure you are connected with the most appropriate Minc Law professional to handle your case.
Assuming that you qualify, the next step is that you will have a free consult scheduled with a Minc Law attorney. During the consult you will be able to confidentially discuss your legal issue and ask questions. You will also be able to get advice and strategy as to how we can assist with your legal matter. If you then hire our firm and become a client, we will generally start working on your matter immediately.
This is where we get started on your legal matter. The attorney you had your consult with will usually be your primary contact on your legal case along with an assigned paralegal. They will update you regularly as updates events occur in your case.
They will also be your point of contact for any questions related to your case. Typically, on most new cases that come into the firm, a quick call is scheduled the week after a client signs up as appropriate before significant work is commenced on a case.
All cases in the firm are also staffed with a managing attorney who checks in monthly and periodically on the status of your case, assures best practice and the most updated firm resources and knowledge are being utilized, and that things are moving as they should with your matter.
All clients receive monthly invoices around the beginning of every month that explain:
- Case costs incurred,
- Time spent by any Minc Law attorneys or paralegals working on your matter (in tenth of an hour increments), and
- The amount remaining on any retainer.
Note: legal terminology can be overwhelming and confusing for some clients. Our attorneys and paralegals are always at-the-ready to answer any questions from clients about how to read your Minc Law invoice.
Each month all clients are also provided a formal update letter on the status of their case, any critical events or outstanding information requests, or other important case matters. This ensures all parties are kept up to speed and on the same page regarding their legal matter.