Lion Legal Services Purpose is to Evolve the way Arkansans feel about lawyers by resolving life’s problems with affordable, transparent, no-nonsense legal solutions.
To further our purpose we are a 100% flat fee law firm and offer a variety of payment options.
Most law firms bill hourly. This means the lawyers track their time in six minute increments and bill for all phone calls, emails, thoughts on your matter. This is unpleasant for clients in that the monthly invoice is not predictable, requires blanket trust in the law firm you’re hiring, and this method discourages communication because the client is billed for every phone call and email!
At Lion Legal Services, you are not buying our time – you’re buying our talent, education, training, experience, trial skills, ability to solve your problem efficiently and effectively. Check out our blogs for more discussion on our Billing Philosophy.
We bill in flat fees and in stages as we move through your case. Our flat fees include all negotiations, advice, counsel, research, writing, everything necessary related to that legal service or stage of the case.
Financing and Payment Plans
Pay As You Go – We conduct a thorough intake consultation, determine what legal services you need, what they will cost, and about how long the service will take to complete. If you cannot pay the full flat fee up front, then we divide the flat fee by the length of estimated time to complete your matter, to come up with your weekly, bi-weekly or monthly payment.
Larger down payment is encouraged, but not required.
EXAMPLE: Your flat fee is $2500. The estimated time to complete your service is four months (which is also 12 weeks or 6 bi-weekly periods).
weekly payment: $2500/12 is $208.33 a week.
Bi-weekly payment: $2500/6 is $416.66 every two weeks.
Monthly payment: $2500/4 months is $625 a month.
Terms of Pay As You Go: All services must be paid for by the completion of the service. We work in progression with your payments. If you can pay faster, we will work faster. If we represent the filing party, we file when about half of the fee is paid. Work begins when we open your file in our office, including providing estimated time frames, reasonable expectations, reviewing evidence, gathering information, and drafting documents. If additional services become necessary beyond the first flat fee, they are added to your invoice and your payment plan is adjusted based on the additional time for completion of the additional service. Under this payment option, services will not be completed until the final payment is made by client and if clients fail to pay as agreed or make alternative acceptable payment arrangements, then we must terminate legal services.
Financing – We conduct a thorough intake consultation, determine what legal services you need and what they will cost. If the payment required under the pay as you go option is not affordable, we determine what payment is affordable. To qualify for financing the client or a co-signer must have verified employment (or other income) of at least two years and a shown ability to make the agreed upon payment.
EXAMPLE: Your flat fee is $2500 and your estimated time for completion of services is 4 months, but you cannot afford $208.33/week, $416.66/2 weeks, or $625/month. You can only afford $250/2 weeks. If you or a co-signer has verified employment and can show an ability to pay $250/2 weeks, then you qualify for the financed option and we will allow your payment plan to extend beyond the completion of the legal services.
No interest, late fees, payment penalties or other costs are incurred under the financing option so long as the payments are paid as agreed.
All payments must be on auto-draft.
No credit card fees, late fees, or early payment penalties.
Out of pocket costs are additional (out of pocket costs rarely total more than $250).
All plans are customized to the particular legal needs and financial situation of individual clients. There is no one size fits all. The examples given are simply illustrations and not intended to be the only payment options for clients.
If you have questions about your bill, need to set up automatic payments, want to modify your current payment plan, or are not sure what link to use, contact the Billing Department at the same email address— email@example.com.