Cost is a reflection of time and complexity. The most substantial amount of time is spent exploring aspects of a transaction and the relative compatibilities of the parties. Once compatibility is established, drafting is a straight-forward and efficient process. My rate is $300/hour. I ask that clients provide an advanced retainer for the minimum amount of time expected for the transaction to be explored, drafted, and finalized. In the event that the transaction takes less time than expected, I will pro-rate and return the unused portion of the retainer. In the event that the transaction will take longer than expected, I inform the client first, asking permission to continue with work and receiving an additional advance retainer to cover the additional work.