Charity Committee

The philanthropic mission of KWA is to give back to our community and make it a better place to live and work.

In 2010 we formed the KWA Charity Committee comprised of attorneys and staff. All of our employees can submit requests to the committee to recommend a charity, and the committee chooses a different charity each quarter.

Through various fundraisers and the charitable efforts of our staff, in addition to the firm’s own contributions, we have been fortunate to be able to encourage and support local Cleveland charitable organizations. Some of these worthy charities are:

Preston’s H.O.P.E. – A fully accessible playground for children with disabilities.

Cleveland City Mission – provide help and hope to Cleveland’s hurting and homeless by meeting basic human needs of food, shelter, and caring.

Secondhand Mutts – A dog rescue facility that successfully matches owners with pets through their popular Foster-to-Adopt and Mutt-Match programs.

Lakeside Emergency Men’s Shelter – Focuses on Housing & Shelter, Workforce Development, and Health & Wellness Services.

Project Love – A school-based, character-development initiative involving hands-on programming in middle and high schools in eight Northeast Ohio counties.

Beds for Kids – Empowers families with children by delivering beds and other essential furniture items to powerfully supplement the family’s resources as they rise out of poverty and into self-sufficiency.

Girls with Sole – Use free fitness and wellness programs to empower the minds, bodies and souls of girls who are at-risk or have experienced abuse of any kind.

Art Therapy Studio – Enhance the quality of life for those with physical, cognitive, or emotional challenges through the therapeutic use of art.

Cleveland Kids in Need Resource Center- Stuff the Bus Program – Helps to ensure that every child is prepared to learn and succeed by providing free school supplies to teachers of the students who are the most in need.

Kids’ Book Bank – Their mission is to foster improved literacy and a love of reading by providing free books to children in need.

Our fundraising activities also have an added benefit as they promote teamwork and comradery amongst our employees. We have had bake sales, chili cook-offs, 50/50 raffles, silent auctions, even buying a whip cream pie and getting the chance to throw it at the president of the company. We are proud of the amazing contributions of our entire office.

Our Fees

Our fees are competitive and conform to industry standards. In most instances, the following fee arrangements are available:

1. Collection matters are handled on a contingency fee basis, but an hourly option is available and sometimes requested by clients who hold large balance claims. At a clients’ request, fees for collection matters can be billed on a per item flat fee basis for letters, pleadings, motions, and executions.

2. Uncontested foreclosures and related bankruptcy and eviction matters are most often billed on a flat fee basis according to the Fannie Mae guidelines. Contested matters, and counterclaims, generally require additional flat fee or hourly billing, subject to client approval;

3. Uncontested replevin cases are also handled on a flat fee basis. If the right to recover possession is opposed, the matter is converted to an hourly fee basis, upon client approval;

4. Mechanic’s lien matters are treated the same as replevin cases, unless they involve multiple properties, or otherwise relate to unusual subject matter;

5. Our firm is also pioneering the availability and use of alternative fee arrangements (“AFA’s”) for legal services that have traditionally been billed hourly. The availability of AFA’s is a product of our firm’s ambition to deliver legal services in an efficient and cost-effective manner, and help clients more effectively forecast and contain costs. AFA’s are available for an ever expanding range of matters, including litigation defense, discovery disputes, and appellate practice.