FAQS CONCERNING LEGAL FEES
Attorney Alan Abergel is licensed by both the Texas State Bar and the California State Bar.
This webpage is intended for Texas potential clients and/or for Texas law potential matters. Click here for FAQs Concerning Legal Fees, for California potential clients and/or for California potential matters.
- What is your firm’s hourly rate?
- $350 for other legal matters, such as general business, M&A, corporate law, real estate law, and zoning law.
- Do you provide free consultation? Can I ask a “quick legal question.”?
- My firm does not provide free legal advice. My firm mainly practices financial services laws and provides these services to financial services entrepreneurs (lenders, securities issuers etc.), and not to consumers of financial services. In my experience, the question may be “quick,” but responses are lengthy and involve complex laws.
My firm provides a short free conversation for the following purposes only:
- Determine if a potential client’s matter falls within my firm’s areas of practice.
• Quote a fee (either a flat fee or an hourly retainer) for legal services and explanation of how to retain my firm to provide legal services.
• Conduct a conflicts’ check.
If during our initial conversation, you wish to ask a legal question, then you can pay for an initial consultation, which will be deducted from the license application services or PPM offering services as follows:
• My firm charges $400 for an initial up to 1-hour consultation concerning a lending license application (will be deducted from the license application services in case my firm is retained for that purpose)
• My firm charges $800 for an initial up to 1.5-hour consultation and .5 hour e-mail summarizing the consultation, concerning a proposed private securities offering and/or the basics of the different securities registrations exemptions available to a potential issuer (will be deducted from the PPM services in case my firm is retained for that purpose)
- Do you charge a flat fee, hourly out of a retainer, or both?
- Most of my firm’s services are provided on a flat fee basis.
For example, my firm charges flat fees for the following legal services
- Texas corporation, LLC, LP, PC, PLLC, and other entity formation.
- Texas standard conversion, merger, or exchange with or from a foreign or domestic entity between affiliated parties.
- Texas mortgage licenses applications and Texas regulated lender, CAB-CSO, MVSF, and other Texas OCCC licenses applications
- At least 90% of my clients pay flat fees for licensing services. In case the applicant company has complex structures, with holding companies or involvement with private equity funds, then the OCCC license services may be provided only on an hourly basis out of a retainer. Any related enforcement actions defense representation are provided on an hourly basis out of retainer. Accordingly, if an enforcement action defense is anticipated before the license application is filed or occurs after the license application is filed, then the representation will be provided on an hourly basis out of a retainer.
- One-month Texas mortgage lending or brokering compliance program registration applicants.
- Combined licensing application and one-month compliance program for Texas Credit Service Organization registration applicants.
- Most business contracts.
- PPM Services program (including drafting of PPM, ancillary documents and one month follow up compliance program)
• Some property tax and zoning matters. (typically, representation in the first hearing of a CUP or variance or property tax proceeding)
My firm charges hourly out of a retainer (deposit, out of which my firm’s hourly work is charged) for the following services:
- OCCC, TX-DSML, TX-SSB, SEC, TX-DOB, CFTC, FINRA investigations and enforcement actions’ defense.
- Writ of mandate lawsuits.
- Business model legal opinions. (legal review and analysis to determine if your financial service business requires the applicable licensing and registrations)
- Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) legal work. (between unaffiliated parties)
- Some property tax and zoning matters. (typically, representation at additional hearing(s) of a CUP or variance or property tax proceeding)