1. Is there a charge for an initial consultation?

No. During the first free consultation, we will discuss the nature of your problem and offer advice on various solution avenues. We will discuss the pay schedule and payment options. We will answer specific questions but will not proceed with any remedies until you have retained us as your attorney(s).

2. How do you charge for services?

Basically, there are three payment options.
For Chapter 7 bankruptcies, payment in full of the retainer and court filing fee is requested before the case is filed. For Chapter 13 bankruptcies, the initial retainer and court filing fee are required prior to filing the case; the balance of any fees are generally paid as part of the plan of reorganization. We will allow you to pay the initial retainer and filing fee in installments, but we do not file a bankruptcy case until such payments are received in full. Based on the lengthy proceeding of Chapter 11 bankruptcy, payment options will be discussed with an attorney during the initial discussion.

For other cases, payment is hourly and billed monthly. The hourly rate for each attorney is different, based on seniority and expertise.

A small percentage of the cases handled by Searcy & Searcy, P.C. can be charged on a contingency fee basis. Each case is different and the percentage mixture of fee splitting will be determined by the client and his attorney.

3. Do you handle contingency fee cases?

Yes, we do. However, not every case can be a contingency fee case. We will be happy to discuss this with you personally. If the client and our firm agree on this type of fee arrangement, then the parties will enter into a contingency fee case contract. At times, we ask the client to pay for the expenses and bill monthly for those. At other times, we pay for the expenses and take a larger percentage of the award. All of these details are negotiable.

4. Do you handle any other types of law not listed on this website?

Yes, we do. The legal profession changes and reinvents itself. New areas of law come to the forefront each year, and we pride ourselves on adapting to that need. That said, we realize that there is proficiency necessary for expertise. If we feel that another attorney is more schooled in a particular area and you would be better served by him, we will refer you elsewhere.

5. Do you handle criminal work?

No, our area is civil law.

6. Are you rated by any legal service?

Jason R. Searcy has received an AV® peer review rating by Martindale-Hubbell. CV, BR, and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties, Inc., used in accordance with Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.

7. If I hire your firm, who will work on my case?

The attorney you desire will work on your case. Each of the attorneys here has various levels of experience in different areas of law. We will tell you who is the best attorney to fit your particular problem, but ultimately the choice is up to you.
In addition to two attorneys, our office is staffed by three extremely well-qualified paralegals. Any and all of the staff can and do contribute to the final work product.

8. Are you certified as specialists in any area of the law?

Neither of our attorneys are certified specialists in any single area. We believe the wide range of experience and qualifications enable us to provide the highest quality of legal representation to our clients. If we are not able to provide this kind of service, we will not undertake your representation.