Consultation and Fees

Our firm requires payment of $250 for the initial consultation with one of our lawyers. By spending time with you and giving advice, we are forbidden from representing your spouse. Many people have visited us to prevent their spouse from using us. This tactic, known as "poisoning the well," dictates that we charge for our initial consultations. If someone is going to "poison the well" in this fashion, he should not be permitted to do it free. Be assured that we can give you a wealth of advice in the first twenty minutes of the interview.

For contested divorce and child custody cases we require an initial deposit (retainer) that ranges from $3,500 to $13,000 to get started on your case. Our lawyers charge varying rates, depending on expertise and experience, from $250 per hour. Our paralegal rate is $185 per hour. We charge based on the hours devoted to your case.

What will a divorce cost?
Divorce and child custody cases can be costly. The amount of conflict between the parties determines the cost of your case. We have done a survey of our cases, and we find they fall into three basic categories. The first is the category where the parties are able to agree on things fairly quickly.  This happens in 25 percent of our cases and the range of cost is from $3,500 to $7,500.  The second range includes 50 percent of our case, and this cost ranges from $7,500 to $17,000.  The third range is the difficult litigation range, where there are substantial assets in the millions of dollars at stake.  These cases begin at $17,000.   

Dear Adam,
I just wanted to write and tell you how happy we are with your service. When we first came to you, I was concerned about the high price. But, since I hired you, the benefits and results I have achieved are far greater than the small difference in price I paid. Thank you for everything.

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