Court Buddy has created a patent pending flat rate system designed to reduce fee haggling and disputes between potential clients and attorneys. Court Buddy’s flat rate system allows potential clients and attorneys to choose rates from three different columns. By using Court Buddy's flat rate system to get matched with attorneys, you agree that you have the ability to pay your attorney matches based on the flat rate selections that you make in exchange for the legal services that they provide to you.
Often times clients may have a general idea of what type of legal service they need, but may be unaware of what their attorney will need to do in order to accomplish what the client wants (this is why clients have the option of choosing to have an initial consultation). For example, if a client wants to hire an attorney for a single court appearance, the client may not know that there is a certain amount of preparation required (i.e. reviewing the motion, speaking to the opposing attorney) before the attorney actually makes the court appearance. Furthermore, the client may believe that the motion is a simple motion, when it is actually more complex.
For these reasons, attorneys and non-attorneys should select rates from Court Buddy’s flat rate system as follows:
First column: select these rate ranges if the legal matter or case is relatively simple (i.e. single court appearance for a single-issue motion calendar hearing, or drafting or reviewing a simple contract or pleading that is approximately 5 pages or less)
Second column: select these rate ranges if the legal matter or case is somewhat complex (i.e. single court appearance for a multi-issue motion calendar hearing, or drafting or reviewing contracts that are longer than 5 pages but less than 15)
Third column: select these rate ranges if the legal matter or case is complex (i.e. single court appearance for a hearing longer than 5 minutes, or drafting or reviewing contracts that are longer than 15 pages)
If a potential client selects a rate in the first column, the attorney needs to be prepared to work within the ranges provided in the first column. Similarly, if a non-attorney user selects a rate in the second or third columns, the attorney needs to be prepared to work within the ranges provided in the second or third columns, respectively.
However, if a potential client selects rate ranges in the first column, but their case or legal matter would probably fall within a second or third column, the attorney must provide a detailed written explanation to the potential client as to why they are recommending that the potential client move to another column. The attorney should also understand that there is a chance that the potential client may decide to get matched with other attorneys rather than switch from one column to another.
To prevent disagreements over the rates, we strongly urge you to use CB Direct Pay, which can be accessed on your member dashboard (Private Message/Manage Tasks). CB Direct Pay allows clients to fund legal work and to arrange payment plans with attorney matches, and allows attorneys to see proof of the client's ability to pay. Requesting and accepting payments outside of CB Direct Pay is prohibited. Failure to use CB Direct Pay will result in lack of evidence of proof of your agreement if a fee dispute arises.
To enhance communications between clients and attorneys about legal fees, we strongly urge you to use CourtBuddy Chat, an instant messaging, video chat, and phone app. The app was created so that clients and attorneys can chat on-demand, morning, afternoon, or night.