Is it a “No-fault” divorce, or a divorce based on one party’s fault (Cruelty, Adultery, Felony Conviction, or Abandonment)?
What is the size and complexity of the community estate?
Are there children involved and what are their ages?
While these answers are important, they are not as important as a client’s participation in their case. The overall cost of a case often depends on how a client approaches the role of the lawyer. A lawyer is hired to analyze the facts and law surrounding a particular issue and obtain the best possible result for the client with the information provided. The lawyer is not a marriage or divorce counselor, not a therapist, not a tax professional (although some may be), and not a financial advisor, consultant or appraiser hired to determine which assets to keep and which to give up. To manage cases efficiently and keep costs low, we involve qualified professionals to address non-legal matters.
It makes more sense to pay an accountant, counselor, therapist, appraiser, etc. $75-150 per hour than it does to pay your attorney $300 per hour to consult you on matters outside their area of expertise.
We bill in six-minute increments (which equates to one-tenth of an hour) and charge $300 per hour for work performed by an attorney, $125 per hour for work performed by a paralegal, and $75 per hour for work performed by a law clerk. All clients are educated as to what constitutes paralegal work and what work must be performed by a licensed attorney. Discounts to the hourly rates are available and discussed at the initial interview.
Efficiency is a cornerstone of our firms’ character. We assign homework to our clients that when completed, enables us to become better aware of the specifics of a client’s case, allows us to perform better, and ensures we obtain the best possible result. A few examples of homework assignments are:
While we strive to efficiently manage our client’s case, sometimes factors beyond our control affect the cost of litigation. These factors could include: