Do you offer any sort of discount on your fees?

I offer a 10% military discount on my fees to active members of the military, to veterans of all of the armed forces, and to the parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, children, and grandchildren of those soldiers who have been killed in combat.

What if you don’t take my case or I choose not to hire you after our consultation?

The attorney-client relationship begins once you seek legal advice from me. With only a few exceptions, I am under a strict duty to keep what you tell me – regardless of whether you tell me in-person, over the phone, or by e-mail – confidential. If you choose not to hire me, what you say here, stays here, and you owe me nothing for the consultation. If, after speaking with you, I believe that your interests would best be served by my referring you to one of my colleagues, I will do my best to put you in touch with someone who is better-equipped to handle your particular matter.

How much will it cost me to hire you?

The answer to that question depends upon which fee structure you choose when you hire me. During your free consultation, we will go over the fee structures that are available in your specific case. Below you will find a brief description of the various fee structures that might be available, as well as an explanation of my military discount on fees.

Hourly Fee: You pay me an hourly rate for any work I perform on your matter. This generally includes an advance payment of fees at the inception of the representation which covers at least several hours of representation. While I may charge more or less to represent you in certain types of cases or in cases with certain types of issues, my typical hourly rate is $200 per hour, billed in six-minute increments.

Flat Fee: You pay me a predetermined amount for any work I perform on your matter, regardless of how much time it takes me to complete the work.

Contingent Fee: You pay me nothing unless I am successful in obtaining a favorable outcome. If you prevail in certain types of cases, the opposing party may be required to pay your attorney fees.

Blended Fee: You pay me a portion of the fee up front, and the balance of my representation is performed according to a contingent fee arrangement. Generally speaking, I am willing to work for a smaller percentage of your recovery when you choose this option.

Pro Bono: You pay me nothing. Obviously I wouldn’t be in business long if my entire practice consisted of representing clients for free. That said, I’m here to help people. If you feel that you or a family member has been wronged, but you’re afraid you can’t afford an attorney, call me anyway. If I can help, I will; If I can’t, I’ll do my best to point you in the direction of someone who can.

Please keep in mind that the fee structures above apply only to the fee for my representation. Other expenses, like fees charged by the court for filing a complaint or a motion, will be your responsibility unless we agree otherwise or unless I have agreed to represent you pro bono. At the conclusion of your free consultation, I will provide you with a copy of the applicable fee agreement (or a sample) for you to review, and I will discuss each paragraph with you to ensure that you understand it.

What types of cases do you handle?

My practice involves representing clients in almost any type of negotiation, transaction, or dispute, be it with an insurance company, a municipality, a neighbor, or even a spouse. My practice also involves representing clients in almost any type of interaction with the court system, from negotiating settlements to filing lawsuits, and from obtaining personal protection orders to representing defendants in criminal trials. While you can find a brief description of some of the types of matters I handle on my areas of practice page, I encourage you to contact me with any legal question that you might have, regardless of whether it fits squarely within one of those defined categories.

What do you do if I hire you?

My model for legal representation is embodied in the Mickey Larson Law Office motto: “Assess. Address. Resolve.” Regardless of the nature of your issue, question, or claim, my representation of you proceeds through those three phases.

ASSESS: Using the information you’ve provided, I assess your current situation. What caused you to seek legal representation? How would you like to see your issue resolved? What options, legal or otherwise, would best serve your goals? What are the strengths and weaknesses of each option?

ADDRESS: Based on the results of my assessment, I sit down with you to address the strengths and weaknesses of all possible courses of action, and recommend the one that is most likely to achieve the outcome you desire.

RESOLVE: After we’ve agreed upon the appropriate course of action, I work with you, your family, witnesses, experts, investigators, other parties, and other attorneys to effectively and efficiently resolve your matter. Regardless of the nature of your legal issue, all of my work for you is done with one thing in mind: obtaining for you the resolution that most closely matches the outcome you desire.

What do I need to do to prepare for my free consultation?
  1. Fill out and submit the Client Information Form here. Please remember that I have a strict duty to keep the things you say to me and the documents you submit to me confidential. (See “Will the information that I provide to you be kept confidential?” below for a more detailed explanation of the duty of confidentiality.) Also, please remember that the advice that I give you is only as accurate as the information that you give me. If you’re going to tell the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, to anyone, tell it to your attorney.
  2. Gather all of the documents you have that relate in any way to the event(s) or issue(s) that will be the subject of your free consultation. Please remember to bring any personal notes that you have taken, as these often help you remember details that might otherwise have been forgotten.
  3. If you have electronic copies of any or all of the documents, please e-mail them to me at mickey@mickeylarsonlaw.com at your earliest convenience. You may also fax them to me toll-free at 1-888-550-1804 if that would be more convenient for you.
  4. If you have time to do so, prepare a timeline of the events that we will be discussing.
  5. If we are meeting at my office, which is located at 192 E. Division Street, Sparta, MI, 49345, please arrive no more than five minutes early for your appointment.
How do I take advantage of my free consultation?

To take advantage of your free consultation, simply click here or call me directly at (616) 606 – LAW6 (616-606-5296). The person you reach will be me – an attorney – and not a secretary or a computer. I’ll ask you to provide your contact information, a brief description of the event(s) or issue(s) that you wish to discuss, and information about how you found me (for example, by searching the internet, by word-of-mouth referral, etc.).

If you call me and I’m not with another client, it’s possible that I’ll be able to answer all of your questions during our initial conversation. If I’m not able to provide the consultation immediately, or if you provide your information by e-mail, I will contact you as soon as I am available, and certainly before I leave the office for the day.

What will happen at my free consultation?

After we exchange introductions, your free consultation will begin with you providing a brief summary of the event(s) that caused you to seek the advice of an attorney. If necessary, I will ask you a series of more detailed questions aimed at eliciting the information that will allow me to assess the strengths and weaknesses of your position. Most importantly, I will ask you to tell me about your goals as a client. In other words, given your choice of outcomes, how would you like to see your issue(s) resolved? I will then:

  1. provide a brief summary of the law that governs events or issues like those we’ve discussed;
  2. provide a detailed explanation of how I think the law would be applied given your specific factual circumstances;
  3. provide my assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of your case or claim;
  4. provide an explanation of the possible courses of action going forward, and the likelihood that each will help you achieve the outcome you desire;
  5. recommend a particular course of action; and
  6. allow you to ask any questions or voice any concerns that you might have.

Finally, I will discuss with you which fee structures (hourly fee, flat fee, contingent fee, blended fee, or fee-for-services) would be available to you if you were to decide to hire me to represent you. You are under no obligation to hire me at that point, and you are entirely free to take several days or several weeks to decide whether you’d like to hire me, another attorney, or no attorney at all. Just keep in mind that in most matters, strict time limits prohibit you from taking certain actions after a certain amount of time has passed.

What is Mickey Larson’s Educational Background?
  • University of Michigan Law School – University of Michigan J.D. Law 2009

Activities:

      • Student Attorney,
      • Child Advocacy Law Clinic;
      • Vice President,
      • Real Estate Law Society;
      • Captain, MLaw Hockey Team
  • Arizona State University B.S. Political Science 2006

Honors:

    • Graduate of Barrett Honors College;
    • Summa Cum Laude;
    • Phi Beta Kappa

Activities:

    • Honors Thesis: “A Fresh Look: Nonresident Tuition and the Dormant Commerce Clause”
Overview of Fees

Credit Cards Accepted

VISA, MASTERCARD

Contingent Fees

My fee is determined by the amount you recover. The percentage I require depends upon the unique circumstances of your matter.

Free Consultation

I offer a free 60 minute consultation.

Rates, Retainers and Additional Information:

My standard rate for non-contingent matters is $200/hr, but I am open to discussing alternative fee agreements (e.g., flat fees, blended fees, fee-for-service) if such arrangements would be beneficial to you. Depending on the nature of the legal services you’re seeking, I may require a retainer.