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Frequently Asked Questions...

How much does it cost? How long does it take?
Do you give discounts? Is there an expedited service?
Do you sub-contract projects out to others? What payment methods do you accept?
How do I submit an order? Can I make online payments?
What kinds of writing do you typically do? Do you do transactional work?
What if I don't like what you've written? What if my project isn't ready in time?
Are you for plaintiffs or defense? Do you do criminal work?
Are there any perks to making referrals? Can you do work for out-of-state lawyers?
How much is the initial consultation? Why aren't you practicing law anymore?
What about possible conflicts of interest? Will you be my lawyer?
What about confidentiality? Do you give legal advice?
Do you have access to research databases? Will you write for pro se litigants?
Can I "up-charge" my client for your work? What kind of work product can I expect?
What does the ABA say about outsourcing? What issues do you write about the most?
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How much does it cost?
QP Legal charges $100 per hour for standard legal writing jobs. This rate is all inclusive, so you’ll never see any extra fees or additional separate charges for standard orders. We don't believe in "nickel-and-diming" our clients. If we spend six hours on your project, our fee is $600, and that's it! This includes research. If requested, we provide electronic copies of any opinions cited in your brief or your opponent's brief, at no additional cost. Expedited orders (with turnaround time of seven days or less) are assessed an additional $20 per hour. Typically, a deposit of pre-payment for three hours is required before any project begins, but exceptions are sometimes made for repeat clients. Please contact us for details.

Do you give discounts?
Yes!  QP Legal is happy to write for any non-profit (non-governmental) legal services organizations providing free legal assistance to underprivileged clients, and those organizations receive a 10% discount on our services.  Also, any lawyer requesting assistance with writing for a pro bono case will receive the same 10% discount (with proof that you are indeed providing free services to your client).  First time clients also receive 10% off, and we give referral discounts too.

Do you sub-contract projects out to others?
No way!  All of the research and writing for your project will be done in house, and you will have easy, direct access to the person actually writing your legal brief throughout the duration of the project.

How do I submit an order?
The best way to place orders with QP Legal is to submit your order online.  It also reduces overhead costs that you would normally incur for copying and shipping.  You can easily upload all necessary documents to ensure safe, prompt, and convenient delivery directly from our website.  If submitting deposition transcripts, you can greatly reduce your incurred charges by sending a searchable document (.doc, .rtf, .wpd, .ptx, etc.) rather than a scanned PDF or TIF document.  If you elect to send print-outs by mail, please never send your originals or your only copies.  Materials sent to QP Legal will not be returned.  Click here for our mailing address.

What kinds of writing do you typically do?
Most of our orders are for summary judgment motions (or responses), motions to dismiss (or responses), and appellate briefs.  We have written for both state courts and federal courts.  We have experience writing on a wide array of substantive and procedural issues, from the Fourth Amendment to personal injury -- even divorce.  Please feel free to browse our writing samples for a better idea of what to expect.

How long does it take?
Turnaround time varies depending on the project.  Typically, we allow the client to propose a deadline date before we accept the job.  Trial-level projects can take a few weeks, depending on several factors (such as our project volume at the time of your submission).  Of course, larger projects like appellate briefs often take longer. Expedited service is sometimes available for an additional fee (turnaround time of seven days or less).

Is there an expedited service?
YES!  We understand that sometimes deadlines creep up when we least expect them to.  If at all possible, QP Legal will happily put a rush on your project delivery for those dreaded moments when you suddenly find yourself faced with an emergency.  Please contact us as soon as possible to ensure that we are able to accommodate you.  We assess a $20-per-hour additional fee for projects requiring a seven-day turnaround or less.

What payment methods do you accept?
We will gladly accept your business check, made payable to QP Legal. Unfortunately, we cannot accept personal checks. There is a $25 fee for returned checks. We also accept credit cards via our website, which is by far the easiest, fastest, and safest way to settle invoices.

Can I make online payments?
Absolutely!  It's fast, easy, secure, and very convenient.  Click here!  

Do you do transactional work?
Unfortunately, no.  QP Legal writes for civil and criminal litigators and appellate lawyers (no contract drafting, real estate, etc.).

What if I don't like what you've written?
Let us make it right!  At the end of the day, it's your name that goes in the signature block, not ours.  Therefore, we are obligated to produce a product that you feel comfortable signing and filing with the court. We will edit any project according to your instructions, until it meets your satisfaction.

What if my project isn't ready in time?
At QP Legal, we take our reputation very seriously, and our goal is to remain a valuable asset to your practice. We will always do everything in our power to respect the deadlines our clients propose.  In the rare event that a project falls behind schedule for any reason, QP Legal will contact you as early as possible and to reconcile the delays and minimize any inconvenience.  Depending on the circumstances, we may be able to offer discounts on subsequent projects, in an effort to show just how serious we are about reliability.

Are you for plaintiffs or defense?
QP Legal is not restricted to writing for plaintiffs or defendants.  Nor are we limited to civil practice only.  We are open to accept projects from any attorney representing any party in litigation or criminal proceedings.

Do you do criminal work?
Yes!  We encourage all prosecutors, public defenders, and private defense attorneys to consider us for your contract writing -- especially for Constitutional issues or evidentiary motions.  Contact us today!

Are there any perks to making referrals?
Yes!  Refer a colleague to QP Legal, and if that person submits a project and names you as the referring attorney, you'll get 10% off your next project!

Do you do work for lawyers in other states?
Yes!  QP Legal can write for any attorney across the country.  We have access to legal research databases from all state and federal U.S. jurisdictions, including local rules of practice.

How much is the initial consultation?
It's free!  We are happy to discuss your project and give you an honest assessment of whether we can help and how quickly we can get it done.  Initial consultations are conducted by phone or email and do not include review of motions, or pleadings, or other documents. 

What about possible conflicts of interest?
We keep careful records of our clients and their past orders (and their opposition), and we will promptly advise you of any potential conflicts that come to our attention -- whether personal or professional.

What about confidentiality?
QP Legal's work does not constitute an attorney-client relationship or any form of representation, but we are an extension of your service to your own client. Therefore, we are bound by the same confidentiality requirements. We safeguard the security and confidentiality of all information provided to us.  Occasionally, short, excerpted writing samples may be used for demonstration purposes in QP Legal's CLE seminars and in college courses taught by the founder (unless you instruct us not to do so), but any identifying information is always changed or redacted. Beyond that, you can rest assured we will never use, discuss, or disclose any project-related information for any purpose other than completion of the project for which it was provided.

Do you have access to research databases?
Yes!  We have full subscriptions to online research databases covering all U.S. state and federal jurisdictions and access to two excellent law libraries.  All research costs are covered in our hourly rate; and if requested, we are happy to provide electronic copies of any opinions cited in the briefs we write or in the briefs to which we are responding, at no additional charge.

Can I "up-charge" my client for your work?
It is always the best practice to consult your local and state ethical rules for the most complete and reliable explanations of permissible handling of contract legal work.  At the very least, contracting attorneys (who would hire QP Legal) must be admitted in the jurisdiction for which the work is being done, and they must inform their clients that they will be outsourcing certain work.  It often helps to educate clients on the benefits of outsourcing and why the strategy will work in their favor.  Here are some recent ABA Opinions that you may find helpful, but keep in mind that rules do vary from state to state, and it is always your responsibility to fully apprise yourself and your client of local standards and restrictions before engaging a contract legal writer:

ABA Opinion No. 00-420
ABA Opinion No. 08-451

Why aren't you practicing law anymore?
The founder of QP Legal, Tiffany Johnson, majored in English and went to law school primarily to hone her writing skills.  She has studied and taught Language Arts and composition in various capacities over the years. She now teaches Legal Research and Writing at her local university. In a nutshell, she simply loves to write!  While practicing law with a large national firm, she rather quickly – and eagerly – found herself becoming a “go-to-person” for legal briefs.  Before long, legal writing had overtaken most of her practice.  Her colleagues were so relieved and grateful to know that their legal research and writing was in capable hands, that Tiffany soon wanted to fulfill this need on a broader scale.  Ultimately, she decided to write full-time for the greater legal community, and QP Legal was born!

Will you be my lawyer?
Unfortunately, no.  QP Legal does not enter into attorney-client relationships or represent clients in any way ... But for all overworked attorneys looking for relief, QP Legal is the Litigator's Lifeline!

Do you give legal advice?
Unfortunately, no.   We only provide contract legal research and writing services to licensed civil and criminal attorneys.

What kind of work product can I expect?
QP Legal takes great pride in our work product -- from the slightest substantive detail to the most seemingly trivial word processing stroke.  We are meticulous in our composition mechanics, technique, form, and style.  We believe that presentation and appearance are almost as important as substance, and the aesthetic sophistication of our products is only topped by their keen command of the legal issues.  Let us provide you with a polished, professional, file-ready brief that will persuade judges and pacify adversaries, all while minimizing the overall expense of time and effort required on your part.  Please feel free to browse our writing samples for a better idea of what to expect.

Do you write for pro se litigants?
Unfortunately, no.  Our services are available to licensed attorneys only.

What does the ABA say about outsourcing?
There are many local, state, and national articles and opinions written on the subject by judges, journals, and bar associations; but perhaps the two most prominent ABA publications are Opinion No. 00-420 and Opinion No. 08-451.

What issues do you write about the most?
We have experience writing on a wide array of substantive and procedural issues, but the majority of our orders are for trial and appellate briefs in the areas of personal injury, medical negligence, premises liability, family law, municipal liability, discrimination/harassment, and evidence (civil and criminal).  We have written for both state courts and federal courts.  Please feel free to browse our writing samples for a better idea of what to expect.

 

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