What it costs is largely dependent upon the urgency your situation demands.
A case that needs immediate attention will require a larger retainer paid in advance, whereas something that is planned in advance can allow for a smaller retainer, typically, and for that retainer to be paid over time.
I strive to make my legal services attainable, and I encourage people to come in for an initial 30 minute consultation where we can discuss your particular situation and your financial ability.
Uncontested (irreconcilable differences) divorces typically range from $400 to $750 depending upon a number of factors particular to each matter.
Contested divorces typically ranges between $2,000 to $3,500 for the retainer.
Factors include size of the marital estate, location of the divorce proceedings, and the length of time expected to resolve the litigation.
Child custody modifications start at a $3,500 retainer. Child support and contempt of court actions vary widely from $1,000 to $3,500 depending on what’s at issue.
Other family law matters as well as other civil matters including, for example, estates, wills, guardianships, and conservatorships will billed at an hourly rate.
My hourly rates vary depending on the difficulty, novelty, and the urgency of your situation.
Criminal defense retainers are typically on a flat fee basis. That means I will charge you a flat fee for representing a particular case in one court.
The flat fee retainer for this often depends upon the severity of the criminal offense and the length of time that the case will take to be resolved. For instance, the retainer for misdemeanors is generally much lower than the flat fee retainer for felony criminal charges.
Again each case is different and you are strongly encouraged to discuss with an experienced criminal defense attorney if you’re facing criminal charges.
Misdemeanor flat fee retainers generally range from $500 to $2,500, and felony retainers generally begin at $2,500 and increase depending on the crimes with which one is accused of.
Oftentimes injury cases such as car wrecks, slip n’ falls, or on-the-job injuries can be handled with no attorney’s fees being paid upfront. This is known as a contingency fee agreement.
If I accept your injury case, then I will not be paid unless a settlement or a verdict is won compensating you for your injuries.
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