When searching for a family law attorney, it is important to understand how that attorney works and how that attorney bills. Most family law firms and family law attorneys will follow the traditional billable hour model. In this model, all time spent on your case is tracked and billed at a high hourly rate. In fact, most attorneys will bill in 6 minute increments meaning that if something took a little bit longer than 6 minutes, you will be billed for 12 minutes of time. Any time spent reviewing an email, drafting an email, talking to you on the phone, talking to the opposing party/attorney on the phone, driving to court, time at court, driving back to the office from court, etc. are all billed to you at a high hourly rate. Generally the low end of the hourly rate is $250 per hour and many attorneys charging closer to the $400+/hour mark. A day of court will generally cost several thousands of dollars in total. Generally, the relationship with that attorney/firm will begin by you depositing several thousands of dollars called a "retainer" and then the attorney/firm will draw from that retainer as they track the time on your case. Many attorneys/firms use the tactic of demanding a "reup" on your retainer as the hearing date approaches.
With the traditional billable hour method, it is also in your attorney's interests to have more conflict and create more work. This increases your bill, stress, and conflict throughout the process.
We do not use this method.
We charge an affordable flat fee that is payable over a monthly payment plan. Our flat fee model means you are not charged per text, email, call, etc. We find this model makes for a better attorney-client relationship and leads to more success inside and outside of the courtroom for you and your family.
Additionally, our goal is to help you move forward with your life. Our goal is to get you to the best resolution for you and your family with the least amount of expense and conflict.
If you or anyone you know could use our assistance with any family law matter, especially child custody and visitation matters, please schedule a FREE consultation.