Can You Afford to Hire an Attorney? Yes, and Here Is How

For many people, one of the most overwhelming parts of finding and hiring a lawyer is determining whether they can afford it. Luckily, some lawyers out there understand that struggle and will work hard to keep services affordable.

“Our firm understands that hiring a lawyer can be an expensive undertaking. We also understand that hiring the right attorney may be one of the most important decisions a person has to make,” says Michael McLean, a lawyer at Wall, McLean & Gallagher LLC, a law firm with offices in Helena and Anaconda. They’ve helped hundreds of people through personal injury cases and have tried cases in state and federal court and have argued cases before the Montana Supreme Court.

“We pride ourselves on assisting individuals who otherwise might not have access to an attorney,” McLean says. Here are some strategies his firm uses to keep the legal process as affordable as possible.

Contingency Fees

“In some situations, we are retained on a contingency fee basis — meaning payment of our attorney’s fees is contingent on the individual recovering,” McLean says. “If the individual does not recover, then they do not pay an attorney’s fee.”

This arrangement is usually used in injury and employment cases but can be employed in other situations as well. If you’re seeking an attorney, you can contact them to find out if this option is available.

Pro Bono Services

In some situations, the firm will work on a reduced fee, limited scope, or free basis, which is commonly referred to as “pro bono.” This depends on the circumstances of each individual situation, and potential clients can reach out to determine whether their particular legal issue can be handled pro bono.

Monthly Payment Arrangements

Rather than paying a lump sum, Wall, McLean & Gallagher’s clients are permitted to make payment arrangements with the office manager, so they’re able to budget a monthly payment. The firm also accepts credit card payments if the client prefers.

Working with an Associate Attorney

“We rely on our very capable and talented associate attorneys to assist in common legal issues, such as family law matters,” McLean says. Using this strategy allows the client to be billed at a lower hourly rate.

“We provide the highest quality of legal services while attempting to minimize our client’s legal expense,” McLean says. “Simply put, we believe we provide the best ‘bang for the buck.’”

Ultimately, if a person has a legal question or questions about affordability, they should call the firm to discuss. “All initial consultations are free, but more importantly, we are committed to providing peace of mind in addressing someone’s legal concerns,” McLean says.

With offices in Helena and Anaconda, the trial lawyers at Wall, McLean & Gallagher LLC have over 60 years of combined legal experience and are passionate about representing hometown Montanans. They specialize in personal injury, car accidents, employment cases, wage claims, real estate disputes, dissolution, estates, and estate planning. For more information, visit them online or call (406) 442-1054.