We recognize that you have many different options for handling your family law matter, and that cost may determine whether you chose to hire an attorney or not.
We think it is important to have an honest discussion with each of our clients at the initial consultation to:
1) provide a range of estimates of what your case could cost,
2) discuss the best representation option for you, and
3) discuss ways to pay for your case.
For full and limited representation (see below), you will typically pay a retainer fee at the outset, which is an advance of the fees and costs associated with your case. The amount of this retainer will depend on the complexity of your case. It is not an estimate of what your case will cost. If your case is over before the retainer is used up, the unused portion will be returned to you. If the retainer is used up before your case is over, you may be asked to pay a new retainer.
You will receive monthly bills explaining the work done in detail. For consultation-based services, you will pay based on our hourly rate, typically at the time of service.
We offer a variety of representation options, from full representation to consultation-based services. The scope and terms of our representation will always be clearly outlined and explained in an agreement (known as an “engagement agreement”) that you will be asked to review and sign before our representation begins.
We will represent you in every aspect of your family law case – divorce, support, custody, enforcement and modification, and related issues. We will, among other things, appear at all hearings, trials, and meetings with opposing parties on your behalf, respond to all communications on your behalf, and negotiate settlement on your behalf in all pending family law matters.
We will represent you in selected matters within your family law case. For example, you may have pending divorce, support, and custody matters, but you only want an attorney to represent you in your custody case. We will, among other things, appear at all hearings, trials, and meetings with opposing parties on your behalf, respond to all emails on your behalf, and negotiate settlement on your behalf in the selected matter only.
Perhaps you wish to represent yourself, but you want to consult with an attorney on various issues during your case. Perhaps you are at the stage where you are contemplating divorce and want to speak with an attorney before making a decision. We are available to periodically consult with you. You would pay for our services on an hourly basis.
During your initial consultation, we will review the details of your case with you and explain your rights and responsibilities.