WELCOME TO SULLIVAN LAW ASSOCIATES LLC
General law practice including juvenile, domestic relations, estate planning, criminal defense and civil litigation. We also offer intellectual property law including trademarks and copyrights. Serving Cullman and surrounding counties.
No representation is made that the quality of the legal services to be performed is greater than the quality of legal services performed by other lawyers.
WHEN DO I NEED AN ATTORNEY?
Many people believe they need an attorney’s services only to solve a problem or to get out of a difficult situation. Often‚ the best time to see an attorney is not when you are in legal trouble but before that trouble occurs. Preventive law is one of the most valuable services that a lawyer can perform. By eliminating potential problems, preventive law can save you time‚ money‚ and needless worry.
WHAT DOES IT COST TO GET A CONSULTATION WITH SULLIVAN LAW?
Absolutely NOTHING! We offer free consultation on all legal issues.
AFTER THE CONSULTATION, HOW ARE LEGAL FEES SET?
Legal fees are set and determined by an agreement or contract between the attorney and the client. The agreement as to what the attorney is to do and how much the client is to pay will be made in writing. The amount of the fee and the basis for the charge are determined by a number of factors:
The amount of time spent on your problem
The attorney’s ability, experience, and reputation
The results obtained
Overhead costs such as secretarial and para-professional assistance‚ investigators‚ and other personnel
Your ability to pay
The primary types of fee arrangements are:
Hourly rate, in which the total fee is determined by the attorney’s hourly charge times the number of hours required to do the job.
Fixed fee, in which a specific amount is agreed upon for a known service, such as divorce, bankruptcy, will, incorporation, contract, and defense of a criminal charge.
Contingent fee, in which the attorney receives a percentage of an amount recovered on the client’s behalf. The client always is expected to pay any out-of-pocket expenses incurred in prosecuting the litigation. If no recovery is made‚ the attorney receives no fee.
Retainer is merely a method by which the attorney is paid. This is when the client makes a "down payment" from which the charges that accrue as the work progresses are deducted.