The Hidden Costs of Low-Priced Legal Services: Why Cutting Corners Doesn’t Cut It DUI and criminal defense in Harrisburg, York and Carlisle

In today’s competitive legal marketplace, the allure of low-priced legal services might seem enticing. After all, who wouldn’t want to save a few dollars? However, beneath the surface, the reality of choosing cut-rate legal representation becomes evident. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the reasons why lawyers who compete solely on low prices often fall short in providing the services and attention that potential new clients truly need.

The Allure of Low Prices: A Closer Look

It’s no secret that everyone loves a good deal. Lawyers who offer rock-bottom prices might initially grab your attention, but it’s important to recognize that legal services are far from one-size-fits-all commodities. The complexities of the law demand expertise, attention to detail, and personalized service, qualities that can be compromised when pricing is reduced to the bare minimum.

1. Lack of Specialization:

Low-priced legal services struggle to provide the level of specialization that complex cases demand. Legal matters are multifaceted, and having an attorney with in-depth knowledge and experience in a specific area of law can greatly impact the outcome. Lawyers who cut costs lack the expertise needed to handle intricate cases effectively. They are the “jack of all trades and masters of nothing”. A lawyer who dabbles in criminal law or DUI law and also dabbles in divorce and custody or real estate closings or personal injury cases just can’t keep up in this modern world. A law firm that offers lawyers who do anything is just the same. While the person may not dabble, the firm and its leadership doesn’t understand like an entire firm that does only one thing and does it well.

The McShane Firm only does DUI and criminal defense.

2. Limited Resources:

Running a law practice requires resources, from up-to-date legal research materials to cutting-edge technology. Law firms offering extremely low prices struggle to invest in these resources, which hinders their ability to research cases thoroughly, create compelling arguments, and stay ahead of legal developments. They have to chase profits. They do it by volume or try to do so, but they can’t do it well that way. Too many clients. Not enough time. That’s how innocent people go to jail for a long time.

The McShane Firm limits the number of cases each attorney handles at once. We put people over profits.

3. Cookie-Cutter Solutions:

Every legal case is unique, requiring tailored solutions and strategies. Low-priced legal services, however, often resort to cookie-cutter approaches that overlook the nuances of individual cases. This can lead to missed opportunities and subpar outcomes.

The McShane Firm provides the type of lawyer that the client is looking for. We don’t do cookie-cutter.

4. Reduced Communication:

Effective communication between attorney and client is crucial for a successful legal journey. Lawyers offering low-cost services might prioritize quantity over quality, leading to delayed responses, lack of transparency, and limited availability for client consultations. Because they have to make it up in volume, low cost attorneys have to hustle more and more and more to produce the same revenue. If they have 6 potential new clients to call versus you as an existing client, they have to call those 6 before they even think of calling you because they need to keep the cash flowing.

The McShane Firm charges a fair and transparent rate and limits the number of clients their attorneys have so that they can spend unlimited time on their cases to get it right.

5. Limited Attention:

Attorneys juggling a high volume of cases due to low pricing might struggle to provide each case the attention it deserves. This can result in rushed preparations, missed details, and a lack of dedicated focus on each client’s unique needs. This dynamic is why low cost attorneys will pressure clients to plead guilty early.

The McShane Firm doesn’t punish its attorneys for going to trial or litigating cases. In fact, we encourage it.

6. Cutting Corners:

Reducing prices often translates to cutting corners in various aspects of legal representation. This includes rushed research, inadequate case preparation, and minimal time spent on developing effective strategies.

The McShane Firm goes the extra mile because we know there is no traffic jam in going that extra mile. We do it better than the other guys every time.

The True Cost of Low Prices: Diminished Value

When it comes to legal representation, the old adage “you get what you pay for” couldn’t be more accurate. The allure of cost savings fades when clients realize they’re sacrificing quality, expertise, and personalized attention.

Remember good lawyers aren’t cheap and cheap lawyers are no good.

Investment, Not Expense:

Choosing a lawyer is an investment in your future, your rights, and your peace of mind. Attorneys who provide value-added services, like The McShane Firm, understand the importance of building strong client relationships, offering personalized solutions, and dedicating the necessary time and resources to each case.


While low-priced legal services might seem tempting at first glance, they often fail to deliver the level of expertise, attention, and personalized support that clients truly need. Legal matters are complex, and cutting corners in representation can lead to costly mistakes and unfavorable outcomes. When seeking legal assistance, it’s crucial to consider the value of specialized expertise, open communication, and tailored strategies that align with your unique situation. Ultimately, investing in a reputable law firm that prioritizes quality over low prices ensures that your legal journey is guided by experienced hands committed to your success. The McShane Firm is the law firm for you. Contact us today.

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  • Our clients have the right to expect, we will be proactive in communication. You will hear it from us first. We will return all phone calls, texts and emails promptly.
  • Our clients have the right to expect plain speaking, straight shooting. No B. S.
  • Our clients have the right to expect us to do it right the first time, every time.
  • Our clients have the right to expect us to be on time and professionally prepared for all court appearances, and all meetings.
  • Our clients have the right to expect that they will be fully informed at all times.

This is our promise to you. Call today to get us on your side: (717) 657-3900.

PA DUI attorney Justin J. McShane is the President/CEO of The McShane Firm, LLC - Pennsylvania's top criminal law and DUI law firm. He is the highest rated DUI attorney in PA as rated by Justin McShane is a double Board certified attorney. He is the first and so far the only Pennsylvania attorney to achieve American Bar Association recognized board certification in DUI defense from the National College for DUI Defense, Inc. He is also a Board Certified Criminal Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, a Pennsylvania Supreme Court Approved Agency.