Legal Research Fees
National Legal Research Group’s standard practice is to bill on an hourly basis. Our regular hourly rate is $150 (+ 6% for Westlaw), and the rush rate for 3-5 working days is $190 per hour and $210 for 2 working days or less. A surcharge is added for rush assignments (five working days or less).
We prefer to work with budgets. Therefore, we provide cost estimates on most projects. This ensures that our cost expectations are in accord with those of our clients and gives the client control over the cost.
The cost for a particular project depends on such factors as the number and complexity of the issues and the jurisdictional focus (one state as opposed to a national search). Briefs are typically more expensive than are memoranda.
We are flexible in terms of the nature of the work product we provide. Because some cases allow for greater expenditure for legal research than others, we offer telephone reports and summary memoranda in order to keep the costs in line. The nature of the work product is in the control of our clients. You decide, not us.
Here are some examples of fees for typical legal research fees:
• State Supreme Court or Federal Circuit Court of Appeals signature-ready brief: $2,500-$5,000
• One-issue memorandum with national jurisdictional focus: $1,500-$1,800
• One-issue summary memorandum focused on the law of one state: $800-$1,000
• Telephone report and short letter synopsis on one issue with one state jurisdictional focus: $400-$800
Again, these costs can vary up or down, depending on the particular case.
We do not exceed cost estimates without prior consultation, and we are glad to work with limited budgets.