This charge is for each discovery item being answered. It includes evaluating the question, formulating objections, getting the information from you, organizing the information and writing the actual response to sign and submit.
Just like you can make them answer questions, they can make you answer questions, too. They can send the same types of discovery that you sent them back to you to answer. That often happens when the landlord gets hit with the bill for his answers to yours, and he wants to retaliate by making you answer some as well, escalating the conflict.
The responses to their discovery have to be in proper format,under oath, and address their concerns. Their questions and requests may be defective, however, so you might want to object to their question instead of answering it. This in turn requires them to go through the motion to compel process, and meet and confer, all at greater expense to the landlord, and resulting in a postponement of the trial.
This is a MINIMUM charge, estimated based upon your full cooperation in providing the answers, with some assistance from us in understanding the questions and what constitutes a proper answer, for us to block copy and paste into proper format. This total estimate may vary greatly, depending on what is required, and how much you help.