Family law can be very expensive for the client. There is nothing more inciteful than the time one has with their children. The love we feel for our children also may lead to a situation where the client will not compromise and choose litigation. There is no affordable family law when there is litigation. The best interest of the child factors requires a great deal of effort to present to a judge. This means time, lots of time by your attorney.Thank you for reading this post, don't forget to subscribe!
The most important factor for affordable family law is the attorney’s hourly rate.
The hourly rate is king when it comes to affordable family law. Most people don’t know how the hourly rate contract works. The minimum fee per attorney contact is 1/10th of the hourly rate. For example, an attorney hourly rate of $200 an hour means that for each email, text message, or phone call, the client will be charged a minimum of $20. Once the contact, communication, or call last over 6 minutes, another $20 is billed, and so on. You can see how legal fees add up quickly. This is particularly so for a client that calls or texts often. This is why I advocate for people to come to their lawyer prepared. How does a family law client show up prepared? Read my block on creating a “family law notebook” here. If the client spends a couple of hours organizing their case before speaking to a lawyer, the savings can be substantial. On the other hand, if a client just walks into a lawyer’s office and just tells their story, it will take a lot of time for the attorney to ask questions and draw out the important facts, but beneficial for the client’s case and harmful for the client’s case. The most important question for a family law client to ask of a prospective attorney is “what is your hourly rate?” I recently spoke to a friend who didn’t hire me, instead, he hired someone else. He gave this lawyer 4k for a divorce. When he described the divorce to me, what he described was what we call a “no contest” divorce. A “no contest” divorce is when the parties agree not to fight and amicably divide the marital estate and come up with a fair child custody schedule. The attorney would likely spend time drafting a consent judgment of divorce, that’s it. My friend’s lawyer managed to eat up the entire 4K deposit. That begs the question, what was this attorney’s hourly rate?
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Here is the deal. This deal is not available for divorce or child support motions. This deal is only available for a motion to change custody, parenting time motions, and a motion to relocate residence. The client must have a job, making at least 37K per year. That works out to $18 dollars an hour. If the client doesn’t have a job, I will consider representing them if they can come up with the advance and find a contract co-signer. For an advance of $2500.00, I will half my hourly rate for the client. This sweetheart deal is available until May 30th, 2023, which means signing a contract and paying the advance prior to May 30th, 2023. The deal is available for Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Antrim, Kalkaska, Wexford, and Benzie counties. I am a good attorney with a five-star rating on Google, look up my reviews and read them. 231-883-4170