Frequently Asked Questions

For High Quality Reliable Legal Research and Writing

Here are some questions that we field frequently. If you can't find the information you're looking for, please contact us:

1.  What basis are you hired on?
2.  How much do you charge?
3.  Who can retain your services?
4.  How do I give instructions?
5.  How do I get started?
6.  How long will it take?
7.  What are the payment terms?
8.  How is the research product delivered?
9.  What about confidentiality?
10.How does Bottom Line Research handle conflicts of interest?


What basis are you hired on?

 

What basis are you hired on?
Bottom Line Research is hired on a contract basis for each assignment.


How much do you charge?

 

How much do you charge?
We believe in value billing and like to negotiate a flat fee arrangement with you. In the alternative, our hourly rate is $175.


Who can retain your services?

 

Who can retain your services?
We act for solo, small, and specialized firm practitioners and also serve larger law firms, corporations and government and other agencies and tribunals.


How do I give instructions?

 

How do I give instructions?
Feel free to just call Barb and give instructions over the phone. If you prefer you may send an email or a memorandum of instructions.


How do I get started?

 

How do I get started?
Simply contact Barb Cotton and let her know what you need.


How long will it take?

 

How long will it take?
There are a number of research lawyers on staff so a fast turnaround can usually be arranged. Bottom Line Research does not charge a premium in order to meet a tight deadline. A typical turnaround time from retainer to delivery of the research product is ten days to two weeks. The turnaround time for a written brief or factum is longer, and approximates three weeks to one month. Simple requests for a quick search and reporting email with cases can be readily accommodated, overnight if necessary.


What are the payment terms?

 

What are the payment terms?
We ask for payment within 30 days of invoice. A retainer may be requested.


How is the research product delivered?

 

How is the research product delivered?
In most cases we like to email you an electronic copy of the research product in Word and PDF and email the authorities by way of attachment. We are happy to meet your needs as to product delivery format.
 

What about confidentiality?

 

What about confidentiality?
All Bottom Line Research lawyers are bound by and respect a lawyer's duty of confidentiality.


How does Bottom Line Research handle conflicts of interest?

 

How does Bottom Line Research handle conflicts of interest?
Bottom Line maintains a computerized conflicts database. A conflicts check is conducted before the assignment is discussed and any potential conflicts are disclosed to you immediately. In the event of a conflict Bottom Line will recommend another competent research lawyer to assist you.