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Sliding Scale Hourly Fees, Based On Your Income

Step 1:

The first step is to determine if an hourly retainer is the best option for your case. CLI offers other "unbundled" flat fee services that may be a better option for you and/or be more affordable. 

 

If you need full-service representation for your case, then our non-adjusted hourly rate is $190 - $250 per hour depending on the nature of the work to be completed. We do not require any client to use the sliding-scale hourly fee. However, upon request CLI will adjust our retainer based on the type of case, the reasonable estimate of the number of hours expected, and an hourly rate adjusted to your verified income and assets. We cannot guarantee sliding-scale rates for all types of casework. 

 

If, even with adjusted rate you cannot afford the retainer up front, you can always pay installments into an IOLTA savings account until you meet the retainer requirement. If you decide not to use our services before you have met the retainer, 100% of the installment payments will be refunded to you. 

Step 2: 

If you have determined that you will need representation using an hourly retainer, use this online calculator to figure out where your income meets-up with the federal poverty guideline: 

Step 3: 

Use the results of your % of federal poverty guideline calculation from Step 2 to determine what your hourly rate would be: 

Base Rate.....................................................................................$190-250/hr

Income Between 340% and 360% .......................................$180/hr

Income Between 320% and 340% .......................................$170/hr

Income Between 300% and 320% .......................................$160/hr

Income Between 280% and 300% .......................................$150/hr

Income Between 260% and 280% .......................................$140/hr

Income Between 240% and 260% .......................................$130/hr

Income Between 220% and 240% .......................................$120/hr

Income Between 200% and 220% .......................................$110/hr

Income Between 180% and 200% .......................................$100/hr

Income Between 160% and 180% .......................................$90/hr

Income Between 140% and 160% .......................................$80/hr

Income Between 120% and 140% .......................................$70/hr

Income Between 0% and 120% ............................................$60/hr [2]

Step 4: 

You can review a list of some of the legal services CLI legal provides as well as the retainer requirements on our Practice Areas page: 

Waiting List: 

In order to offer alternative fee arrangements, we must maintain a caseload from clients that have a range of incomes.  If we cannot take your case immediately you can request to be placed on a waiting list and your position will be reserved. Use our Contact Us form to be put on the waiting list. 

[2] If your income is 150% of the federal poverty guideline or below, you may qualify for free legal assistance. Contact Iowa Legal Aid to apply.