Marivonne R. Essex, "The Red Headed Lawyer"
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Payment Plan FAQs


  1. What kind of payment do you accept?
    The payments are made through Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT), so they can be made through a debit card, credit card, and/or check. There is a $2.50 service charge per payment.
  2. How do you determine the payment schedule?
    Our goal is have the payments last only 3-6 months, and no more than 1 year. The amount of each payment is determined by the total amount due. There is a down payment based on what the total fee is calculated to be, and the payments are calculated so that the balance will be paid within 3-6 months. If it is a complicated case with a lot of stages, then it will be within 1 year.
  3. How do you determine the payment amounts?
    We charge a flat fee, and we charge in stages, starting from an uncontested case to a case that actually goes to trial (contested). If a person comes in and thinks they will be able to agree and will have an uncontested case, the down payment and monthly payment will be based on that. If later the case becomes contested, the payments remain the same but the additional stages are added to the total amount owed. If the additional stages mean that the payments cannot be paid in total within a year, an additional down payment may be required. For example, if the total flat fee is calculated to be $3,500, a down payment would be required of $1,800, and the balance of $1,700 would be made in payments of $425 per month.
  4. Is there a penalty if I miss a payment?
    All of our payment plans are based on electronic funds transfer, so if the payment bounces there is a $25 returned fee charge, same as with a check. If you contact us at least one week prior to the date the EFT is processed and request that the payment be rescheduled, there will be no extra charge.
  5. Do you charge interest?
    There is no interest charge.
  6. Do you need any form of collateral, or proof to prove that I can be on a payment plan?
    No, it is not required.