Most attorneys are unwilling to tell you what they charge before they get you in the door. We try to be more upfront about how expensive an appeal can be.
Initial Consultations are always free with our office. This is a half-hour meeting with Attorney Justin P. Miller, at his office, some other mutually convenient location, or via video conference. This is your opportunity to decide if Attorney Miller is a good fit for you, and for him to get an initial impression of the facts of your case.
Case Review – Starting at $500.00.
Attorney Miller will review your case to help you determine if pursuing an appeal makes sense. Turnaround time for the review is often less than a week, so you will have plenty of time to make any decisions if you act quickly. This typically involves a review of any documents you have in your possession, consultation with your prior counsel if possible and practical, a review of the court file, and a review of any transcripts that may exist. Attorney Miller will outline for you what he sees as the strengths and weaknesses of your case, and any issues he believes have arguable merit on appeal. The fee for this service starts at $500.00, and increases based on the complexity and urgency of your matter. You will know up-front what a Case Review will cost.
Full Appeal – Starting at $3,000.00.
A full appeal involves obtaining transcripts of all court proceedings, a thorough review of the record, various filings in the trial court and appeals court, writing a brief, and in some cases, oral argument in Harrisburg, Philadelphia, or Pittsburgh. My fee for an appeal begins at $3,000.00 and increases depending on the complexity of your case.
In some cases, oral argument will be necessary. We will discuss the merits of oral argument versus submitting your case on the written briefs.
There are some additional fees that are not covered by the flat appeal fee. These may include:
- Filing fees
- Copying costs for your trial lawyer’s file
- Postage and service fees
- Printing and binding costs
- Transcript fees
- Travel expenses