Schedule of Fees

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PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

 

Basic Fee: $240 per hour

 

Investigations

Consulting

Research

Inspections

Testing

Review of documents, photos and evidence

Report writing

Travel time (portal to portal)

 

The minimum fee for any case for which we are retained is $500.

 

Telephone consulting, 0.1 hour increments. Scheduling-only calls not charged.

 

DEPOSITIONS

 

$240 per hour, or fraction thereof, starting at the scheduled time

 

COURT TESTIMONY & APPEARANCES

 

$240 per hour

 

Includes time on the stand and waiting time

Paid in advance

 

PHOTOGRAPHS

 

Will be digital on thumb drive or disk. If hard copies required, producing them will be charged the same as the report writing rate. Other costs as necessary and negotiated, e.g., exemplars, testing materials.

 

EXPENSES

 

Mileage is charged at $0.50 per mile driven

Airfare, lodging, etc. are billed at my cost

 

BILLING AND PAYMENT

 

A detailed invoice of time and expenses will be submitted

Payment is due upon presentation of invoice

Progress invoices will be submitted on long or lingering cases

Interest on overdue accounts (30 days) will be charged at 2% per month

 

Before testifying, the outstanding balance of the account must be paid in full, and estimated testimony fees must be paid in advance as well.

 

TERMS OF PAYMENT

 

I reserve the right to stop work until outstanding invoices are paid and retainers are received. It is the client's responsibility to notify us when a case has been resolved and to obtain and pay our closing bill at that time. The client will nonetheless be responsible for subsequent invoices should they close their books on a case without resolving our account. Accounts not paid within 30 days of the invoice mailing date will be subject to a late charge of 2% per month, accruing from the date of the invoice, and all costs of collection, including reasonable attorney's fees. Any collection action shall be filed in the City of Napa, California.

 

HOW TO RETAIN MY SERVICES

 

Please send a letter requesting consulting services for your case including a description of the work desired, agreement to the terms of this Fee Schedule, and an enclosed check for $2,400 for both plaintiff and defense. Be sure to include email and telephone contact information for the responsible insurance carrier(s). This retainer will remain in force until the case is closed whereupon any excess will be returned to the client.

 

 

SPECIALTIES

Fire Cause and Origin

Power Wiring and Circuits

Alarms

Controls

Machinery

Vehicles

Grounding

National Electrical Code (NEC)

General Order 95

Troubleshooting

Electrician Trade Practice

Lock Out / Tag Out

 

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