THOMAS A. MARTIN
The Law Offices of Thomas A. Martin represents clients throughout Southeast Texas, including the cities of Houston, Galveston, Memorial, River Oaks, West University,
Clear Lake, League City, Sugar Land, Pearland, Beaumont, Hempstead, Katy, Conroe, and all the communities in Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend,
Galveston, Grimes, Harris, Jefferson, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Polk, San Jacinto, Trinity, Walker, Waller and Wharton Counties.
The Law Offices of Thomas A. Martin represents individuals
facing serious felony charges in both state and federal trial
and appellate courts. We represent people facing felony
charges from drugs to murder, and have developed an
emphasis on sex crimes (both adult and child offenses).
In our commercial litigation practice, we represent small
business owners facing "bet the business" litigation
prospects if the opposing side wins.
With our family law practice, we cherish the opportunity to
represent parents, especially fathers, who need a divorce
and want to keep or get custody of their kids.
HOW MUCH WILL THE LAWYER CHARGE ME FOR HIS OR HER SERVICES?
The lawyer's fee depends upon many variables, such as amount of time, the difficulty of
the work, the skill required, the customary fee in your area for similar work, the
experience, reputation and ability of the lawyer, and whether the fee is a set amount or
contingent on the outcome of the case. Some fee arrangements are:
-Flat fee: the lawyer may quote you a set amount or standard fee that he or she has
arrived at for your type of legal problem. In addition, lawyers usually expect you to pay
court costs and to reimburse them for out-of-pocket expenses, such as travel or
copying expenses. It is important that you find out what any fixed fee covers.
-Hourly fee: A lawyer may prefer to bill you by the hour. Such fees may vary widely
depending upon the complexity of the legal work, the skill of the lawyer and whether
there are time deadlines. You may wish to try to negotiate with a lawyer on his or her
hourly rates. If you agree to an hourly arrangement, you and the lawyer could include a
provision in your contract requiring the lawyer not to exceed a specified amount of time
or money without obtaining your permission. Insist that you be kept advised every
month of the number of hours that the lawyer is spending on your problem. You also
have the right to ask for a written explanation of what the lawyer did during the hours
he or she worked on your case.
-Retainer: Some lawyers also require an advance fee called a retainer. Ask the attorney
what this covers. Occasionally, the retainer is a flat fee that will cover the lawyer's
services regardless of the amount of time the lawyer spends working for you. So, it is
important to ask whether there will be a refund if the attorney does not spend as much
time on the problem as provided for by the retainer.
Questions about fees that you may want to ask are:
-Can you give me an estimate of how much this legal matter will cost?
-Can we have a written fee agreement that sets forth not only my obligation to pay you,
but also exactly what services you will provide?