Most of you reading this have lived long enough to buy into the old saying, "you get what you pay for". Well the same goes for an attorney/client relationship. There are two reasons an attorney might undercharge for a restoration case. One reason is that, because the attorney does not practice in this field of law, he undercharges because of a lack of understanding of the time needed to adequately prepare a case for hearing. The other is that the attorney just plain does not care to adequately prepare for the hearing. Either way its bad for the client.
Along this same train of thought, while i would not advocate as a strategy, to go out and try to find the cheapest price available, i would not on the other hand, seek the highest charging lawyer either. Their is a concept called diminishing returns and it applies. After a certain price point, the benefit/cost relationship diminishes. That is, past a certain point, the higher and higher a cost goes up, the less the benefit one receives. In other words, past a certain point your no longer getting "more brains" or "expertise" but are paying for way the attorney dresses or because of the car he drives.
If the client does his due diligence, listens to what a few attorneys are saying or looks at a few websites, he can then at least have a baseline to judge what he hears from others. After you hear things you like, because it makes sense to you, its much easier to spot the guys that are going to treat you like a "file" or worse the bulls---ers. Truth be told, there is no manual out there telling an attorney what the value of his services are. Its determined by trial and error and the market. An attorney begins to win a majority of his license hearings when he figures out how to do it the right way. Again, although the statute and regulations may enlighten one as to the "requirements" they do not explain the finer details or the quality level that the "requirements" must attain.
After an attorney begins to win these types of cases he can then, and only then, begin to reflect on the time involved to prep a "winner". It is then that the attorney can set a price. But part of the process must include determining what the market will bear. An attorney may be the best restoration lawyer in the country but if he charges $10,000 for a hearing he's alienating himself from 99% of the market.
I charge $2,000 dollars for a license restoration case and i have never considered myself a rarefied air type of attorney. I believe my prices are very competitive with others that know this field of work. Moreover, i don't go for the gimmickry others do. Forget the promises and guarantees - that's all "puffing" or exaggerating.The only person in the equation that can give a guarantee is the hearing officer. In the end all the client wants is to be able to drive again legally. Who cares about a guarantee not to have to pay for another hearing if you lose the first one? Because the bottom line is, if you lose you wait another year before you take another bite at the apple. Will that job still be there? Can you support your family, or yourself for that matter, for another year without a license?
I enjoy this area of practice and im good at it, if i don't say so myself. I understand people without a license are in a bad place. I also realize that many have to borrow the money to retain my services and so they have a lot riding on my efforts, even more so when there is an out of state petitioner coming to Michigan. And it is because of these realities that i put all my effort into each and every case i prep. And beyond the needs and hopes of my clients, i like to win!!! And even more than that - i HATE TO LOSE!!!
So if you need your license privileges back call me and at least you'll rest assured that your hiring one of the best.