Maybe the most common complaint I hear from people in my life about attorneys
is that they cost too much money to employ. I'm not breaking new ground
in discussing this issue but since it's a common enough concern about
people I think it's valuable to have a discussion on it. So, really, why do
divorces cost so much money?
You get what you pay for
The truth of the matter is that beyond the age old maxim, "You get
what you pay for", it remains a fairly universal truth that if you
get a number of estimates for a product or service and you choose the
most inexpensive one that you may be disappointed with your purchase.
This is no different in the realm of a
In addition to having a lawyer retained to argue for you in a courtroom,
family law attorneys act as equal parts counselor, advocate, and therapist.
With that said, the more your attorney is involved in your case the more
your case will cost you.
Family law attorneys typically bill by the quarter hour or similar increment. This means that
for every phone call made to the attorney or court appearance, your attorney
will be billing you.
How to keep costs down?
How then can you avoid your attorney having to run up your tab? The simple
answer is to avoid conflict as much as possible during
the divorce process. Now, I understand that this isn't always something that is in the
cards. Emergencies happen and unforeseen circumstances do arise that necessitate
your attorney going the extra mile for you and your family. For the most
part, however, the more you and your spouse argue over the children, the
house, finances and/or anything in between, it's the attorneys making money.
The advice I can provide on how to avoid these issues is straightforward.
If you are able, work out issues with your spouse directly rather than
using the attorneys as intermediaries. Again, if you and your spouse are
not on speaking terms this won't be an option. If you are though (and
I've found most divorcing spouses to be) then it's simpler to
cut out the middle men/women (attorneys) and negotiate directly on the
issues with your spouse.
Attorneys can help if peace talks fail
Attorneys are terrific as fall back options if talks break down. Attorneys
are great to efficiently manage your case and ensure that it progresses
towards a resolution. Attorneys do not own your case though. You do. I
will begin most any initial conversation with a client with something
along the lines of, "I look forward to working with you on your case."
The operative phrases in that previous sentence are "with you"
and "your case". I want the client to take ownership of the
To sum it all up- it's a great idea to hire an attorney for your
divorce case. Attorneys are professionals who have been through the process many times
and are able to provide you with advice that help you in a difficult time
in your life. However- this doesn't mean that you have to take out
a second mortgage on your home to afford one. By reasonably working with
your soon to be ex spouse on the pressing issues, you can minimize your
case related expenditures and maximize your peace of mind. The attorneys with the
Law Office of Bryan Fagan are eager to speak to you about how our office can assist you and your
family in a
divorce situation. Contact us for a consultation- free of charge!
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