CO-COUNSEL AND PARTNERING WITH MARIA JOSE CARRASCOSA, JD & ASSOCIATES

An invitation to lawyers:

We are teaming up with lawyers across the USA, Latin America and the EU and creating special relationships everywhere.

strasbourg-humanrightscourtLaw Firms are discovering the advantages of teaming up with María José Carrascosa´s Law Firm in International Private Law maters, Government Relations and serious Human Rights and Criminal Defense, including Extraordinary Writs of Habeas Corpus, Mandamus, Coram Nobis and Post Conviction Relief cases. We can help your firm and clients especially when their case falls outside your main practice area or if you need expertise, hands-on and support.

MORE ABOUT OUR ORGANIZATION AND ASSOCIATES, TO KEEP IN MIND.

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Our Organization works in the EU, Latin America, and with Associated Attorneys in the USA. We advocate for AFAs.   Since 1989, that Carrascosa became an attorney, has applied an AFAs system for fees with her international clients, from Corporate to Civil Private Law, Human Rights, and alternative recourse – in international or domestic courts and arbitration, post judgments etc.-.

Our international organization has a very selective process, where attorneys who want to join us, are put under a scrutiny of standards of practice and efficiency, in their Forums of practice and the International Community. Ethics and decorum, empathy for our clients’ interests and needs are our first priority.  Justice and the Angel of Mercy

We estimate, for our client law firms or specific case partners, as well as for our future private clients, it is important to read the below information…

We encourage and advocate in the best interest of our clients to work on an Alternative Fee Arrangements Contracts Basis.

Alternative Fee Arrangements

The alternative fee arrangements (AFAs) have been the cause of much debate in the legal community during the past several years. Some law firms and attorneys have been very vocal proponents of implementing them or entirely switching to AFAs whereas others, who seem to be the majority, still feel uncertain if AFAs will help their bottom line or reduce their profitability.

scales of justice in court roomOne thing is certain, alternative fee agreements are here to stay since more and more clients, both large and small, are starting to proactively ask for the cost predictability, certainty, and transparency which they provide.

Our goal with this comprehensive article is to explain exactly what AFAs are, and what AFAs are not. Also, we will give an overview of the main types used, as well as the examples of law firms that have successfully implemented AFAs in practice.

What Does an Alternative Fee Arrangement Mean?

Grand_Hall_de_Justice_de_Palais_de_La_Paix_à_La_Haye_Pays-Bas In the simplest terms Alternative or Special Fee Arrangements are agreements between a law firm and a client to provide compensation to the firm based on a structure other than hourly billing.

According to the American Bar Association:

AFAs are not about charging more than what an hourly rate might be — they are about charging an appropriate fee based on what value the client receives and how that client perceives value. Alternative billing should be based on what is fair and reasonable both to the client and the lawyer. Keeping track of time should be the lawyer’s measure of cost, not necessarily a measure of the value he or she is providing the clients in their legal needs.”

On the other hand, AFAs are also not about charging less than the hourly equivalent. If a client perceives a greater value for you finishing a work in one hour, than, say in 3 hours, who is to say your urgent work should not be priced higher than what would you ordinary price for the 3 hrs of work?StrasbourgHumanRightsCt

“When you pay your lawyers for the time it takes them to do something, you get what you pay for – hours. In the meantime, you deter innovation and efficiency and incentivize complexity and redundancy.”

Source reflexions: Legaltrek

A NOTE FROM MARIA JOSE CARRASCOSA
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“Every case and every client is different. That’s why we customize our fee arrangements at the beginning, to make sure our fee is tied to achieving our client’s end goal.  I don’t believe in hourly fee arrangements, but I do advocate for AFAs, I always did from the very beginning of my legal practice career. Now I do even more advocate for such alternatives, based on the ordeal my family and I were put through by unscrupulous attorneys unworthy of practicing in this so dignified profession.”

For the last 27 years of my professional career I have been deeply involved with matters of human rights. When it was me who was put in a situation of inhumane torture and treatment, due to undue influence and corruption in courts of law, and said situation affected my child and I, I had to use my professional formation to survive, recuperate my freedom, and bring justice about, in my case by US Federal and International Courts.
I had to come to terms and expose the travesty of justice, I was put through, to raise awareness and fight to prevent its repetition. My attorney license despite of my assailants is without blemish. International Organizations have praised my fight and courage. Drafting Laws and Amendments to international treaties to include transparency, accountability, and redress is imperative.

But these demanded to start by telling the atrocity done to my child and I. Due to corruption of former judges and politicians, who I am sure are reading my profile, I was subjected to illegal prosecution, a wrongful conviction, followed by illegal imprisonment, cruel and unusual punishment, torture, and human rights abuses contrary to International Law.

The only way I could contribute to terminate those abuses endured by me and advancing the rights of victims like me, in seeking truth, justice, redress, and accountability for malicious prosecution, unlawful imprisonment and wrongful convictions in violation of international law, the US Constitution and international treaties, it was by exposing my endured true story, despite of putting my life at risk, once more, and despite of being life threatened, by my assailants. And, may God help me, such exposure has become a reality!

My book first part is completed in Spanish and English and soon will be in Chinese, Russian, Portuguese, and other languages.  It’s launch is now imminent!  But, there it did not end my mission.  My book has its second part, and then follow the documentaries.  A TV Series is on the works and also TV documentaries of investigative and juridical journalism, reality tv and debates.

My clients and their families need redress and accountability.  And for that I am in relentless sought for brave and top notch attorneys to join my organization.  My selection process is quite strict, and only ethical, qualified, honest, courageous, and fighters are welcome to join us.

Inquiry about teaming up, services and consulting contracts
Se estudiará el caso si acuerda en remunerar el análisis, conforme a la minuta usual de la firma y-o practica comercial. We shall study the case if you agree to pay for the consulting fee of the files evaluation, in accordance to standards of practice and as customary in our forum.
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