Although the cost of preparing a lease agreement depends on the complexity of the agreement, it typically costs between $400 and $3000 for an attorney to prepare a lease, according to Nolo. Some attorneys and legal-aid organizations offer reduced rates if the client is indigent.
Attorneys generate bills in multiple ways. The way an attorney chooses to bill sometimes depends on the type of case involved, and it sometimes depends on the specific preferences of the attorney. Sometimes, an attorney bills a flat fee. That is, they charge a certain amount for their services no matter how long it takes them to do the work. Other times, the attorney bills according to how much time they spent on the matter. As of October 2015, Nolo reports that most real estate attorneys charge between $150 and $200 per hour. Most attorneys also bill the client for expenses involved in the case, such as recording or filing fees.