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We charge by the hour: $180 for routine projects, and $220 for expedited projects. Terms: a deposit of 2/3 of the estimate, and payment of the invoiced balance within 15 days. We accept all major credit cards and can do check by phone/fax.

"Routine" usually means we have a week to ten days, or more for appellate matters; "rush" means we have to get the job done in less than four or five days.

But of course the cost depends on the project. Just as the cost of a car or TV depends on the year, make, and model, the cost of a research project depends on your request. All our work is custom built; we don’t use form complaints or canned briefs.

We provide estimates for every project. We do not take on projects with an estimate of less than four hours, but we charge only for the time spent. If you prefer a flat rate, we can accommodate you. And we will work with you on budget — we know that sole practitioners often must dig into their own pockets to pay for our work.

There is no charge for the initial consultation.

Confidentiality and conflicts

We understand the importance of confidentiality, and so do all our research attorneys. We hold all information we receive in strictest confidence. The information we provide to you is attorney work product, not subject to discovery. Since we rarely work for the defense bar, a conflict of interest is unlikely to arise. Indeed, no conflict has arisen since our incorporation in 1993.

Although we're all lawyers here, we do not practice law. We carry no malpractice insurance to cover work done through Quo Jure. We cannot work for pro se litigants; we work only for practicing attorneys representing clients. We are careful never to interfere with your relationship with your client: any information regarding the case must come from you, the attorney, not from the client. We do not talk to clients regarding their cases.

What does “Quo Jure” mean?

The literal translation of the Latin "Quo Jure" is "by what law?" In old English practice, the Writ of Quo Jure was used to compel a person claiming common rights in land to show by what law he claimed them. More loosely translated, it means: What's the law?