There is no one path to the resolution of your situation. Accordingly, I offer a variety of services and encourage you to explore your options. Below are descriptions of the services I currently offer. There are alternatives to heated litigation, which may better suit your needs. Of course, some cases demand litigation, and I also offer those services.
I offer stand alone consultations in which I can answer your general questions about the law as it relates to your case. I charge a flat fee for a one to two hour consultation. Consultations function as a powerful tool for learning about the legal system and what outcomes you can expect in your situation. Of course, no outcome can be guaranteed. Rather a consultation is about learning the lay of the legal landscape and highlighting the legal issues central to your situation.
Consultations are a good service for individuals who are considering bringing a lawsuit in family law court or suspect that they may face one at some indefinite time in the future. They are also helpful for individuals that intend to represent themselves in a family law matter and forego the expense of hiring an attorney to represent them in court.
I offer my services as an attorney to represent individuals in an array of family law matters. For some straightforward matters, I offer my services at a flat fee or as part of a flat fee structure based on the number of appearances and complexity of the matter. For more complex matters that require an unpredictable amount of work, I charge an hourly rate. While I cannot predict the exact cost of handling a complex matter, I can develop a strategy for handling the case that seeks to minimize the cost.
When being hired to represent you in your family law matter, I may waive or charge a nominal fee for our initial meeting as a courtesy.
Parties may come to an agreement on their own and seek to hold down costs by minimizing the involvement of attorneys. In these situations, you may want an attorney to draft your agreement in order to prevent issues from emerging later due to misunderstandings regarding the language of your agreement. Unfortunately, I can only ethically represent one individual in such a situation, in which case the unrepresented person may want to seek at the very least a consultation with another attorney to review the agreed divorce. This option is the most cost effective option for individuals seeking to minimize costs, and avoids the catastrophes that legal drafting services or do-it-yourself forms can produce.
Another option is for the two of you to come to a basic understanding of the agreement you would like to make and then for each of you to employ an attorney to advise you throughout the process and review the proposed agreement. While similar to the first drafting services option, this method allows each of you to receive the advice of an attorney throughout the process of making your agreement. This is similar to a collaborative law approach for resolving your case, but forgoes the formal collaborative process and in most cases will prove to be a more affordable alternative to the collaborative process.