Consultation and Fees
As soon as you realize that you have a significant family law dispute, you should immediately schedule an initial consultation with a family law attorney. Family law issues are very important, and without legal advice you may not be aware of important rules and consequences associated with what you do or say. We regularly meet with clients that regret having made errors before coming to see us to obtain legal advice.
At the time of the initial consultation, a fee agreement is signed and a retainer is collected and deposited into a trust account on the client's behalf. The funds held in trust are credited against the client's fees and costs that are billed monthly with an itemized statement. Any client funds remaining in trust at the conclusion of the representation are returned to the client.
Time spent on a client's matter, including the initial consultation, is charged on an hourly basis. Our hourly rates are as follows:
- Steve Raynor: $400.00
- Kyle Farmer: $250.00
- Steven Morris: $185.00
- Jamie Wilson: $125.00
- Natalie Raynor: $85.00
Each case is unique. In some cases, the parties quickly settle all issues and the dispute is resolved for a small fee. In other cases, the attorneys are involved in settlement negotiations and agreement drafting, resulting in fees that are higher corresponding to the attorney time involved.
If necessary, the preparation for and the handling of disputes in court adds considerably to the legal costs. With only a limited knowledge of the parties and their situation, it is difficult for an attorney at the initial consultation to predict exactly how the case is going to develop, or the fees and costs that will be required.
Documentation to be brought to the initial consultation should include any court orders in the case, and all agreements signed or proposed. Income tax returns, financial statements, etc., as needed, can be provided following the initial consultation.
Please contact us by telephone or e-mail to schedule an initial consultation. Thank you.
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