Please note that the firm tries to provide accurate and up-to-date information, but that the following may change from time to time without notice.
Amy offers both telephone and in-person consultations for prospective clients. Please understand that she cannot give legal advice to non-clients so you should not expect to receive legal advice during an initial consultation. The purpose of this first conversation is to provide you with information about how an attorney can help you, evaluate the scope of work required, and give you an estimate of cost.
Amy understands the importance of budgeting the cost of legal representation. Therefore, Amy makes every effort to work with you to determine a manageable flat fee billing structure. Many of Amy’s contract review and drafting matters, copyright and trademark registrations, as well as film production counsel services are billed on a flat fee basis.
Retainers and Hourly Rates
In the event that a flat fee cannot be determined or you choose to work with Amy on an hourly basis, Amy will assess your billing needs and arrange a reasonable retainer fee for you. Retainers are a sum of money clients pay before the start of work. (Note: A typical retainer for a musician/musical group is $1,000 and a production company is $1,500.) The firm will hold such retainer in trust for the client and subtract Amy’s hourly fees and costs from such retainer fee. Legal research and contract negotiation are generally billed at Amy’s hourly rate.
Deferred or Contingency Billing
Unfortunately, due to Amy’s commitments to existing clients, she cannot provide deferred or contingency billing plans, regardless of the type of work or the quality of the materials. The firm encourages pro-bono cases to contact a legal aid association such as Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts. You may also be able to find the information you need from one of the organizations or resources in Amy’s list of entertainment industry links.
The firm accepts payments by Visa, MasterCard, and Discover. A small service charge may apply.