Boston Law Collaborative’s COVID-19 Policy

BLC’s COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Policy is to provide information and reassurance to help protect all of our clients, guests and employees.

To help protect BLC’s community, we have canceled all upcoming trainings, and will be sending updates once they have been rescheduled.

For those visiting our offices, we are taking precautions by washing our hands, offering hand sanitizer, implementing a “no-handshake policy,” are minimizing communal food, and suggest parties and attendees do not exchange business cards. We are also making sure that our meeting space is thoroughly cleaned before and after each use by wiping down the tables and chairs, and using Lysol spray on items.

For those who do not want to or are unable to make it to an in-person meeting, we have the capacity for videoconferencing or telephone sessions; and during this time period, we will be offering free cancellations.

BLC would like to remind everyone:

  • If you think you have been exposed to someone with the virus or are experiencing symptoms, please do not go out.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

BLC is continuing to monitor updates from the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and local officials, and will continue to monitor the situation and make decisions in the best interest of our clients and employees.

Fees

The rates charged by BLC neutrals and attorneys range from $375 to $650/hour and $125 to $225/hour for paralegals. These rates apply to both legal services and dispute resolution services. Our current rates are as follows:

Neutrals & Attorneys:

  • David Hoffman – $550/hour for family mediation and arbitration and representing clients in family law matters; $650/hour for mediation and arbitration of non-family cases
  • James Grumbach – $375/hour
  • Audrey J. Lee
  • Michele Keratsis – $375/hour

Paralegals & Administrative Staff:

  • Karen Richards – $225/hour
  • Jenna Goodman – $125/hour
  • Legal Interns – $125/hour

Affiliates: Our affiliates set their own rates, and you can contact them directly to discuss the cost of their services.

Reasonable costs: We are all committed to having satisfied clients who feel that the cost of our services is fair and reasonable. If you need a financial accommodation to obtain our services, we are willing to talk with you about it.

Billing and retainers: When BLC attorneys are hired, we ordinarily ask for a retainer. This may range from $7,500 on a collaborative law case to $15,000 if the case will be handled in court. If the case involves no court appearance and only a modest expenditure of time, we are willing to consider a smaller amount for a retainer or no retainer. We bill clients on a monthly basis for services performed, and deduct the amount billed from the retainer. Any unused portion of the retainer is returned to the client at the end of the case. Client retainers are kept, as required by court rule, in an IOLTA account. (IOLTA stands for “interest on lawyers’ trust account.”) Interest earned on these accounts is paid by the bank to the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation, a non-profit agency that funds legal services for the poor.

Travel: Our office is located at 101 Arch Street in Boston, but we also meet with clients in Wellesley, where we have space-sharing arrangements with other firms (click here for Directions to those locations). We also are willing to meet with clients at their offices or other mutually agreeable locations. If such travel takes us outside our ordinary commuting path or occurs mid-day, we charge for travel time at 50% of our ordinary hourly rates. This also applies for travel time to and from court or other case-related travel.

Arbitration and Mediation Costs:  There are two costs associated with all mediation and arbitration cases:

1.   The neutral’s fee, which ranges from $350 to $650 depending on the person that the parties select as their mediator or arbitrator; and

2.   An administration fee, which is a flat fee of $200 per party for family cases and $250 per party for commercial cases.  For arbitrations that go beyond two calendar days of hearing, there is an additional administration fee of $50/day per party.