Our Rates and Fees
Determining the Cost of Divorce
Each case, like you, is unique. The amount of work required to achieve the desired outcome varies greatly from case to case. Our fees are competitive and structured to ensure that you receive a level of individualized attention and responsiveness. However, with our decades of experience, we are able to approximate how long your case could take and how much it might ultimately cost as part of the initial consultation.
“Our approach is to avoid costly litigation through settlement whenever possible.”
The amount of time involved in a case can never be predicted with precision, since there may be variables that cannot be anticipated. But during our initial consultation, we will make an honest effort to help you determine and anticipate the costs involved. We do this by getting to know you, the specifics of your case and the results you wish to achieve.
There is a $200 consultation fee for the initial half-hour consultation with one of our lawyers, except for our managing partner Mr. Aaron Dishon, who charges $500 for a full hour consultation. Completing a personal consultation and hiring the right attorney for your case can save you thousands of dollars during and after your divorce. It’s all about choosing the right divorce attorney for you and your unique situation.
“Hiring the right attorney for your case can save you thousands of dollars during and after your divorce.”
Rates and Billing
Once we begin our representation, we bill our time hourly and our rates vary among our personnel. Lawyer’s rates range from $385 to $600 per hour. Paralegals and support staff are billed at lower rates ranging from $85 to $185 per hour depending on their experience level.
Throughout every case, we seek to minimize costs. Our approach is to avoid costly litigation through settlement whenever possible. However, when we are unable to negotiate a favorable outcome to your divorce, we will have to litigate your case. If we do, our aggressive representation on your behalf will ensure that you will get what you pay for.
Before we begin representation, we require an initial retainer and a signed fee contract. The initial retainer depends on the case, but usually ranges from $6,500 to $15,000. We then bill our time against that retainer. If and when the retainer is close to being depleted, we may require an additional retainer if it appears the case has become more time consuming than initially anticipated. Of course, where it is appropriate, we will seek to have the other party reimburse you for your attorney's fees.
What to Bring to the Consultation
The first consultation is an overview. Your attorney will go into much more detail once you retain them and start your case. It’s important you bring certain documents to your first consultation. To help you prepare for your consultation, we’ve created a checklist of common documents a family law attorney may need to see. To better prepare yourself for the initial consultation, view and print the Divorce Document Checklist.
If you wish to arrange an initial consultation with one of our attorneys, call us at (877) 615-6620 or use our consultation request form in the right sidebar.
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