Our Fees

Most of the firms out there charge by the hour. This is how it has been from the beginning and for some reason continues to be this way. Howard Law has a different way of thinking.


Why Don’t Attorneys Share Their Fees?

If you’ve been shopping around for attorneys, you’ll notice the vast majority don’t share their fees or fee structure online. After calling, you might learn what they’re normal hourly rate, but you’ll have to take time out of your day to go meet with them at their office, explain your situation and then learn how much they’ll charge you.


Often, when you hire an attorney, you learn the hourly rate and then find yourself stuck with an extremely large bill mailed to you at the end of the month. While the invoice may give a description of the legal services performed, do you truly know what work was competed?


It’s Time For a Change - How We Charge

At Howard Law we prefer billing by the job, with a flat fee. This was you know exactly what you’re getting any exactly how much you’re paying; no more unexpected bills in the mail. While not all legal matters are the same, we do understand that sometimes an hourly rate is the only way to bill. Depending on the matter, the hourly rate at Howard Law is $175 an hour.

Below are some examples of the flat fee billing at Howard Law. All fees are subject to change and dependent upon each individual legal matter.

Business Flat Fees

​Business Formation

  • LLC Formation - Single Member - $850*

  • LLC Formation - $1,200*

  • Partnership - $1,500

  • Corporation - $2,000+

Includes: Consultation, Articles of Organization or Incorporation, Operating Agreement or Bylaws, Federal Employer Identification Number (EIN) and corporate minutes. *Online filing fee is also included in the flat fee

Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Simple Asset Purchase Agreement - $4,000

  • Complex Asset Purchase Agreement - $5,000+

  • Stock Purchase Agreement - $2,000

  • Reviewing Agreement Documents - $65 a page ($250 minimum)


  • Corporate Contracts - $650

  • Non-Competition Agreement - $500

  • Employment Contract - $500

  • Commercial Lease Agreement - $1,500

  • Shareholder Agreement - $2,000

  • Contract Review - $65 a page ($250 minimum)

Business Litigation

  • Drafting Simple Demand Letter - $850

  • Complex Asset Purchase Agreement - $1,250

  • Business Collections - $3,000+

Criminal Defense Flat Fees

​Misdemeanor Charges

Pricing of misdemeanor charges are all dependent on your fact specific situation, below are examples of starting prices for certain charges:

  • Drug Possession - RSMo. § 579.015.4 - $500

  • Drug Paraphernalia - RSMo. § 579.074.2 - $500

  • Theft - RSMo. § 570.030.7 - $1,000

  • Assault - RSMo. § 565.056 - $1,000

  • Prostitution - RSMo. § 567.030 - $750


Felony Charges

Pricing of felony charges are all dependent on your fact specific situation, below are examples of starting prices for certain charges:

  • Aggravated Sexual Abuse - RSMo. § 566.101.2 - $3,500

  • Driving While Suspended - RSMo. § 302.321.2 - $3,000

  • Assault - RSMo. § 565.054.2 - $2,500

  • Sexual Abuse - RSMo. § 566.100.2  - $4,500

  • Domestic Assault - RSMo. §565.072.2 - $5,000

​Driving While Intoxicated

  • First DWI (B Misdemeanor) - $1,500

  • Second DWI (A Misdemeanor) - $2,500

  • Third DWI (E Felony)  - Starting at $5,000


Pricing for driving while intoxicated charges are all fact specific and may vary depending on your situation.





Howard Haake is a St. Louis law firm based in Clayton, Missouri focused on business law, criminal defense, family law and estate planning. We handle all business matters from incorporation to acquisition as well as criminal defense charges from arrest to trial. Howard Haake helps clients in St. Louis, St. Charles, St. Peters, O'Fallon, Brentwood, Columbia, Eureka, Richmond Heights, Clayton, Jennings, Kirkwood, Maplewood, Manchester, Northwoods, Olivette, University City, Creve Coeur, Maryland Heights, Bridgeton, Florissant, Ladue, Webster Groves, Hazelwood, Hillsboro, Washington, Union, Hermann, Pacific, and throughout St. Louis County, St. Charles County, Jefferson County, Franklin County, Warren County, Gasconade County, Boone County, Crawford County, Montgomery County, and Marion County.

​​DISCLAIMER: The information on this website is for general and informational purposes only and should not be interpreted to indicate a certain result will occur in your specific legal situation. Information on this website is not legal advice and does not create an attorney-client relationship. You should consult an attorney for advice regarding your individual situation. Contacting us does not create an attorney-client relationship. Please do not send any confidential information to us until such time as an attorney-client relationship has been established.

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