University of Denver

Avvo Unveils Local, Flat-Fee Legal Services

IAALS Intern

Are the days of retainers and hourly rate billing for legal services over? Probably not, but Avvo, Inc., may be leading the industry in this direction with a new, fixed-fee billing model.

Through Avvo Legal Services (ALS), users are connected with a pool of local attorneys who agree to provide limited scope representation for a flat fee, covering a range of services from simple contract review to filing an uncontested divorce—the latter of which is priced at $995. When the work is completed, Avvo collects the fee and disburses it to the attorney. According to the ABA Journal, attorneys pay nothing to participate except a marketing fee assessed by Avvo per case.

ALS is being tested in a number of markets nationwide.

Hunter Metcalf is a third-year law student at the University of Colorado Law School and contributes to IAALS Online. Please direct inquiries about this post to iaals@du.edu.