Drake Law, PLLC
512-524-3697

Office Policies & Procedures


Appointments

Scheduling

  1. Cancellations: please call as soon as you are aware you need to cancel your appointment. If you cancel the same day as your appointment, we ask that you provide a $50 nonrefundable deposit for your next appointment. Cancellations due to emergencies will not be subject to the deposit.
  2. No-show: clients who miss an appointment without contacting the office in advance will be charged a $50 nonrefundable deposit in order to reschedule. The deposit will apply toward the next appointment. Two no-show appointments will result in termination of services.
  3. Late arrival: clients who arrive late will have the remainder of their appointment time available to them and if the schedule allows may reserve additional time at the attorney's regular hourly rate.
  4. Drop-ins: we discourage dropping in without advance notice. Because the office is lightly staffed, we are not able to guarantee someone will be available to greet you. If you need to drop off paperwork, please call in advance to confirm someone will be available to accept it.

Length

Out of respect for each client, we work hard to keep your appointments within the length of time scheduled. Should we be close to the end of our scheduled time yet have more to discuss, you may choose to extend the appointment if our schedule allows in 15 minute blocks. The additional time will be billed at your attorney's regular hourly rate.

Consultations

  1. Consultations serve as introductory meetings and intake appointments. If we determine within the first 15 minutes that we are unable to help you, either because of a conflict or because your needs are not services that we provide, you will not be billed for the consultation fee.
  2. At Drake Law, PLLC, we work as a team for all clients. You will only be billed for your assigned attorney's time even if additional attorneys are present during your appointment.
  3. The consultation fee is waived for estate planning clients once you return your signed engagement agreement and half of the total fee.

Payments

    We recognize that legal expenses are often high. The following payment policies are designed to help you with the cost of the work.

    • All clients must put down a deposit, which varies according to the type of work you need. All deposits are held in trust until we earn the fee. Fees are considered earned when the first draft is done and given to you for review or if hourly, the time is spent on your work.
    • Estate plans may pay in the following way:
      • Pay in full at the beginning before work begins.
      • 1/2 of the total cost at the beginning before work begins; 1/2 when we sign your documents.
      • 1/3 of the total cost at the beginning; 1/3 30 days after the first payment at which point you will receive your first drafts of your documents. Final 1/3 on the day we sign your documents. A credit card authorization is required for this option.
    Probate Matters
    1. Muniment of Title: the flat fee for the standard muniment of title proceeding is $2,500 plus court costs and filing fees. The first $1,500 is due before work begins and the remaining amount is due before the probate court hearing.
      • The standard muniment proceeding involves consultation, filing the application, preparation of documents used during the hearing, the hearing admitting the will to probate, and assisting you in transferring the title to the properties and accounts after. When the court requires, it also includes the affidavit of fulfillment
      • Court filing fees and fees for records are reimbursable expenses. The firm will pay the fees and invoice you for the amount paid, due per the terms of the invoice.
    2. Small Estate Affidavit: The flat fee for the standard small estate affidavit is $1,500 plus court costs and filing fees, and is due half before the work begins and the remainder before we file your application with the court.
      • The standard small estate affidavit includes consultation and gathering of family history, and preparation and filing of the application. Should a hearing be required, the time for the hearing is billed at your attorney's standard hourly rate.
      • Court costs and filing fees vary for each county. You will be invoiced for estimated filing fees and the amount is due before the affidavit is filed.

    4425 MoPac S. Expy Bldg 2 Ste 103
    Austin, Texas 78735
    Ph. (512) 524-3697

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