Court Action and Legal Fee Policy
Clients are strongly discouraged from having their therapist subpoenaed or having him/her provide records for the purpose of litigation. Even though you are responsible for the testimony fee, it does not mean that the therapist’s testimony will be solely in your favor. He/she can only testify to the facts of the case and, if qualified to do so by the court, their professional opinion. Asking a therapist to provide confidential records or testify can damage the trust built in a counseling relationship with a client especially if he/she is still seeing that client in therapy. If one of our therapists is subpoenaed to testify or provide records in a case where the client is a child, the therapeutic relationship may be negatively impacted, thus jeopardizing the continuation of services.
If the therapist is to receive a subpoena, then the attorney or office staff will need to call his/her
office and set up a time for the subpoena to be served during office hours. He/she will request a minimum of 72 business hours notice of any Court appearance so that schedule changes for his/her clients can be made within a reasonable timeframe. Please note: If a subpoena or notice to meet attorney(s) is received without a minimum of 72 business hours notice, there will be an additional $250 express charge.
When it comes to court action, the following fees are in effect:
1. Preparation Time (including submission of records): $170/hour (billable in 15 minute increments)
2. Phone calls: $170/hour (billable in 15 minute increments)
3. Depositions: $170/hour
4. Time required in Giving Testimony: $170/hour
5. Time Away from office due to Depositions or Testimony: $170/hour
6. All attorney fees and costs that are incurred by the therapist as a result of the legal action.
7. Filing document with the court: $100
All costs will be billed after the court appearance and . If the therapist is subpoenaed and the case is reset with less than 72 business hours notice prior to the beginning of the day of the scheduled subpoena, trial, and/or testimony is not given, then the client will be charged $300 (in addition to the original cost for having to appear in court).
All fees listed above are doubled if the therapist has priorly been scheduled to be out of town at the time of the court appearance.
Letter Writing Fee Policy
If a client requests a letter to be written by a therapist, the fee is $120 / hour, billed in 15 min increments. $120 must be paid in advance. If the therapist completes the letter in a shorter timeframe, a refund will be given based on the actual time requirement.
Please note: mental health professionals do not qualify to complete a general health form for long-term disability. Please limit requests to within our scope of practice (mental health status).
Medical Records Access Act
The Medical Records Access Act, Public Act 47 of 2004, MCL section 333.26269 (the Act)
states that if a patient or a patient’s authorized representative requests a copy of all or part of the
patient’s medical record, the health care provider, health facility, or medical records company to
which the request is directed may charge the patient or the patient’s authorized representative a fee.
See the complete Medical Records Access Act at: http://legislature.mi.gov/doc.aspx?mcl-Act-47-of-2004