Law Offices of
Bonnie-Ann Keagy

(610) 279-2393
fax: (610) 279-6797


Often, lawyers advertise themselves as "general practitioners."  It has been my policy for many years to not be generalized because I feel that I can serve my clients more effectively if I limit the types of law that I practice.  All lawyers are ethically required to take only such cases as they are capable and competent to practice.  Other than in very specific areas of law, lawyers are not permitted to tell you that they "specialize" in a type of practice.  Lawyers are allowed to tell prospective clients that they practice primarily in certain areas of the law -- that is what I do.  By limiting myself to the areas listed below, I am able to attend seminars or read new case law in a tight circle of the practice of law.  I will always tell a client if they need to retain a different attorney for a new issue that arises or if their case takes an unexpected turn.  Through my extensive local contacts and involvement in the Montgomery Bar Association for more than twenty years, I am also able to refer clients to lawyers that I trust when a situation arises outside of the areas of law to which I limit my practice.  By recognizing the philosophy that a person can be a "jack of all trades but a master of none," I am able to take a team approach with other lawyers and to provide you with comprehensive legal support allowing us to advocate for you in many areas of law as your case requires.

I will not advocate for you in any area in which I am not experienced and current on the laws and statutes that control that area of the law.

I offer free initial telephone consultations.  If your case is more complex than what can be discussed on the telephone, I will set up an hour meeting to further discuss your case for a nominal fee.  For inmates, the initial contact can be by telephone with a family member so as to give me an idea of the nature of the charges that the accused is facing.  In order for me to go and meet with an inmate, there is a non-refundable prison visit charge which must be paid in advance of the visit.  If I am hired following that prison visit, the fee for the charge will be deducted from the fee that is due for the representation.

  • Criminal Defense
  • Criminal Appeals
  • Post-Conviction Relief Act cases
  • Felonies
  • Misdemeanors
  • Summary Offenses
  • Traffic Cases
  • Family Law
  • Child Support
  • Child Custody
  • Divorce
  • Adoption
  • Equitable Distribution of Marital Property
  • Child Dependency Actions On Behalf of Parents

Important words about legal fees...

I charge very reasonable and moderate fees and those fees are set based on a variety of factors.  All fee terms and expectations are set forth in a written fee agreement which must be signed by the client before I will enter my appearance. Under no circumstances will there be any exceptions to the fee policies that are set forth in the written fee agreements.  As of November 8, 2013, no partial payments will be accepted on either retainers or flat fees unless such fees have already been negotiated, in writing, with the law firm. 

For cases in the left hand column above (Criminal Defense through Traffic cases), a flat fee is set and must be paid in full prior to any work being done on the case.  Obviously, a traffic case is going to have a much lower fee than an appeal in a non-capital homicide case or in a case where the client is facing many years in state prison if convicted. Flat fees are earned when paid so if, for example, a flat fee of $7,500.00 is paid for felony representation and the charges are dismissed after the preliminary hearing, there is no "refund" of "extra" fees.  The flat fees are set in anticipation of obtaining the best possible outcome in any given case -- sometimes a little time is needed and sometimes a case can take years.  Any and all filing fees are the responsibility of the client and there will sometimes be a retainer required (as described below) in a flat fee case to cover costs and fees that are anticipated when the representation begins. A client can expect to pay a retainer fee in addition to the flat fee in most appeal cases since appellate courts require filing fees and multiple copies of briefs which lead to copying charges.

For cases in the right hand column above (Family Law through Child Dependency), an hourly rate will be set and a retainer fee will be required from which the hourly rate will be periodically deducted in time increments of 1/10th of an hour (6 minutes = 0.1, 12 minutes = 0.2, etc).  Retainers are usually set by multiplying the hourly rate times ten (for ten hours of work) and then any known filing fees will be added.  ALL retainer fees are deposited into the IOLTA account of the law firm.  This is an account mandated by the ethical rules of the Commonwealth.  Money in that account is not transferred out of it until the fees have been earned by the firm and billed. Specifically, the IOLTA account is used to hold money that has not yet been earned by the law firm and any money remaining in that IOLTA account at the end of a case will be returned to the client.  Once a retainer fee has been depleted, this law firm reserves the right to either ask for an additional retainer or to be paid any balance owed within thirty days of billing.  In Family Law cases, it is not uncommon to have a large amount of work done at the beginning of a case and then go for several months where there are no charges while court dates are scheduled. 

Since 1996, this law firm has prided itself on working with clients on the payment of fees, including allowing payments in criminal cases and the lowering of retainers in Family Law cases, with payments permitted after the initial retainer was depleted.  Fees are set following a consultation and are based upon the particular circumstances of each individual case.  Unfortunately, as is common in all aspects of life, the actions of some people will now have a tremendous effect on everyone else. It is no longer feasible for this law firm to accept partial payments and to become involved with a case unless and until all fees are paid in accordance with the written fee agreement and no such written agreements will include payment plans, effective November 8, 2013.  This firm will negotiate a fair agreement with each client as an individual.  It shall be the client's responsibility to pay their fees as set forth in that agreement prior to any work beginning on their case or continuing on their case if a new retainer is required.
Law Offices of Bonnie-Ann Brill Keagy
22 West Airy Street
Norristown, PA  19401
(610) 279-2393
fax: (610) 279-6797