Legal services are billed by hourly rate or by flat fee. Below are the pricing methods which are most commonly implemented for various types of legal services. Please contact us if you have any questions or if you would like to discuss options for the billing or payment method for your matter.
Not sure if we are a good fit to assist you in your legal matter? Schedule a free 10-minute telephone call to discuss your situation, or book an hour-long, in-depth consultation for a flat fee of $150. The hour-long consultation can take place by telephone, video conference, or in person at our Newton or Southborough offices.
Consultation fees are waived for participating legal insurance members. Check the specifics of your legal insurance for consultation benefits.
Payment is preferred by check or money order. Checks should be made payable to “Beth L. Aarons.” EFT transfers or cash payments by prearrangement only. Credit card payments may be subject to a service fee.
Individual representation, Collaborative Law Practice, and legal consultation services for family law and probate matters are generally billed at the rate of $300 per hour.
Legal services provided at the client’s request or convenience on weekends, holidays, or regular business days outside of the hours of 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., may be billed at the rate of $350 per hour.
A retainer is generally requested based on the anticipated time and expenses needed to complete the matter. Flat fees or sliding scale rates may be available for some matters. We can provide you with an estimate of time frame and cost once we discuss your situation.
Mediation services are billed at a rate of $300 per hour, usually paid for equally by the clients unless otherwise agreed upon in advance.
A retainer is generally requested at the beginning of the process for application towards fees for preparing any mediation session notes and drafting the separation agreement. Clients usually pay for mediation sessions at the end of each session based on the actual time spent meeting.
We accept Family Law GAL appointments (Category F), including custody and parenting plan investigations, Next Friend representation, GAL for birth parent search, guardianship investigations, and waiver of patient-psychotherapist privilege appointments.
GAL appointments are generally billed on an hourly basis except for Waiver of Patient-Psychotherapist Privilege matters, which are billed as a flat fee of $1,200 for up to two (2) children and up to two (2) applicable professionals. The flat fee increases an additional $300 for each additional child or applicable professional thereafter.
For parties suffering from financial hardship, please contact us to discuss alternate payment arrangements or payment plans. The usual hourly rates and flat fees apply for Court-appointed legal work unless the Court specifies that a particular hourly rate, flat fee, or cap for overall billing will apply, or the adjusted fees are agreed upon in advance.
The initial preparation of estate planning documents for basic estates is billed on a flat fee basis depending on what documents are being prepared:
- Individual Estate Plan (no Trust): 1 Will, 1 HCP, 1 POA – $1,000
- Individual Estate Plan (1 Trust): 1 Will, 1 HCP, 1 POA, 1 Trust – $2,000
- Couple Estate Plan (no Trust): 2 Wills, 2 HCP, 2 POA – $2,000
- Couple Estate Plan (1 Trust): 2 Wills, 2 HCP, 2 POA, 1 Trust – $2,500-$3,000 (depending on type of Trust)
- Couple Estate Plan (2 Trusts): 2 Wills, 2 HCP, 2 POA, 2 Trusts – $3,000-$3,500 (depending on type of Trust)
Each document is also available individually depending on client needs.
- Will – $750 each
- Health Care Proxy (HCP) – $250 each
- Power of Attorney (POA) – $250 each
- Trust – $1,500 – $2,000 each depending on the type
Revision of estate planning documents we have previously prepared for you is billed on an hourly basis.
More complex estate plans may be billed on an hourly basis.
We honor many legal insurance programs as both an in-network and out-of-network legal service provider. Please contact us to see how we can best serve your legal needs while implementing your legal insurance benefits.
Here are some of the legal insurance programs our clients have had, but feel free to contact us if you have questions about a different legal insurance provider:
“We would recommend Beth to friends or family looking for help with estate planning. It may be relevant to note that we hired Beth using the ARAG legal benefit plan provided by my partner's employer, and it was very easy and seamless - she handled all the paperwork and interaction with ARAG, and billed them directly. We very much appreciated that, especially since it seems clear from the ARAG website that some attorneys make the clients do all that legwork." - Paulette