When a potential client of the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC walks into our conference room to discuss their family law question their first concern is making sure they are in a position to be able to help their children or themselves.
Why else would someone consider hiring a family law attorney, after all? The next concern that most people have, a concern that you may share, is how can they afford to hire an attorney. Aren’t lawyers expensive? Isn’t it true that a family law case can drag on for years and years?
As with most things in life the anxiety the potential client has will usually outweigh the reality of the situation. The question of how you can pay for the services of the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC or any other Texas divorce lawyer is still relevant. This blog post will detail suggestions for how to pay for an attorney and examples from clients of ours on how to do so.
Basics on Paying for a Divorce
While there is no clear cut response to the question, “How should I pay for my divorce,” there are options that you can choose to take advantage of. If you are in a marriage where your spouse earns the lion’s share of the money and controls how it is spent getting access to money to use as a retainer can prove easier said than done.
Texas law does not allow for attorneys to represent clients in family law cases on a contingency fee basis so a “lawyer now, pay later” option is not available. The fact is that family law attorneys require retainer payments up front. Depending on the attorney that retainer can be pretty sizeable.
Where can you get money from to pay for the divorce
If you are fortunate enough to have a few thousand dollars lying around to pay for a divorce you are both fortunate and rare. Most people do not have money like this saved up even for emergencies- not to mention for a lawyer.
What are some sources of money that you can potentially utilize to start your divorce? Here are a handful of ways that current or past clients of the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC have paid for our services:
Dipping into a Savings Account
Perhaps the most tried and true source to pay for an attorney is the savings account. If you deposit your paychecks into a bank account then you most likely have access to a savings account.
While most people use their savings account as a holding place for emergency funds, if you are anticipating a divorce on the horizon then the savings account can be seen as a nest-egg towards paying for a lawyer.
You can think about your attorney’s retainer fee like any other cost you can anticipate and save up for.
If you don’t have a bank where a savings account is an option or if you don’t want to risk leaving any money in an account where your soon to be ex spouse has access then you can set aside money on your own. While there is a chance that your spouse could ask for reimbursement once the divorce begins, the odds are good that he or she is doing something similar or will do something similar once the divorce is underway.
Crowd-funding your Divorce
An interesting way that people are paying for divorces in today’s world is by crowd-funding. For those who don’t know, crowd funding is a way that people can solicit online “donations” for a purpose that they are supporting. Entire websites are devoted to people setting up their crowd funding efforts and more and more people are using these forums to ask for help in paying for their divorces.
A positive of this means of paying for a divorce is that it expands the amount of people that are potential donors. Rather than only yourself or your friends/family, any person with internet access can contribute to your divorce fund.
Advertising your crowd funding effort among friends (Both online and real-life) can be a good way to pay for your divorce. I have never heard of a judge taking issue with how a person pays for the divorce. With that said I could see a judge being not too pleased if a person’s children became aware of their online crowd funding efforts if the website has less than nice things to say about the person’s spouse. A word of caution, therefore, to be careful with what you write online to encourage others to donate to your legal funds.
Using a Credit Card to pay for a divorce
Much the same as taking out a loan to pay for a divorce, putting your attorney’s retainer and subsequent fees on a credit card is another method that current and past clients of the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC have used to pay for attorney’s fees. In an age where most people are not as risk adverse when it comes to debt as they once were, financing a divorce is a common option of payment.
A down payment can be placed on the credit card initially and then subsequent payments can be made through the card on a monthly basis. Once the divorce is completed, your attorney’s fees can be treated like any other debt that are in your name. A piece of advice would be to knock out the smallest debt you have and work your way up to the bigger debts once some positive momentum has been gained through paying the smallest first.
The Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC – Flexible payment methods, Proven Results
Whatever method of payment you choose to pay for a lawyer, the most important factor to consider is whether or not the investment stands to benefit your family. The Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC believes in working with clients to find a payment solution that works with them and educating them regarding the divorce process. With the ability to consult with potential clients six days a week, our lawyers are only a phone call away. Please contact us to learn more in a free of charge consultation with one of our practicing family law attorneys.
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