"The scope of the representation and the basis or rate of the fee and expenses for which the client shall be responsible shall be communicated to the client, preferably in writing, before or within a reasonable time after commencing the representation, except when the lawyer will charge a regularly represented client on the same basis or rate.  Any change in the basis or rate of the fee or expenses shall also be communicated to the client."

- Rule 1.5(b), Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct

How we charge depends on the case.

There is no charge for an initial office consultation where we can discuss your case and decide whether we should be the ones to represent you.

Some cases can be taken on a flat fee to be agreed upon at the beginning of the case, and most of our clients prefer the certainty and simplicity of this method.  We occasionally charge on an hourly basis, with fees charged against an advance retainer.  In some situations it is possible to set a "per project" fee in which a flat fee is set for differents parts of the case that may or may not be required. 

Illinois law forbids contingent fees, or fees dependent on the result, in criminal cases.