Focus On Quality Instead Of Billable Hours
Going through divorce or resolving family law matters can be a very costly process. In most cases, one household turns into two separate households, which doubles expenses. In addition, attorney fees add a significant cost to both sides. Family attorneys are not allowed to have contingency fee arrangements, or to take any interest or percentage of any of the marital property and assets as compensation. Because of this, family law attorneys are paid by the hour for all of the work they do on any given case. This includes all forms of communication with clients, other attorneys, the court and anyone else involved in the case. It also includes court appearances, mediation sessions, review of financial documents, legal research, motion practice and many other legal tasks.
In our firm, clients and their interests always come first. We swore an oath to help people and take great pride in offering fair and competitive pricing for the level of experience, depth of knowledge, and legal services we provide. We apply basic rules of fair dealing, transparency and full disclosure. Our work is always done in pursuit of what is best for the client. Therefore, if a case is best settled early and quickly, we will advise all sides to pursue an amicable resolution irrespective of the fact that we may have fewer hours billed and less in legal fees that could be earned. If a case requires a strong stance and a trial to best serve our client, we will deliver the highest level of legal representation and will not give up fighting for our clients until we achieve a just and fair outcome.
The time and cost it takes to resolve a divorce or a family law matter is extremely difficult to predict due to many variables that exist at the inception of the case, and many of which develop as the case progresses. In general, we find the complexity of each case and the level of cooperation between the two parties will ultimately have the biggest impact on both duration and cost of a case.
We incorporate modern technology and best available team practices to help us work smarter within a traditional industry, which ultimately makes the legal process and experience more efficient and affordable for our clients. The hourly rates for our family lawyers range from $400 to $500 per hour, depending on their experience and years of practice. Time is meticulously kept and checked by several time tracking software systems with checks and balances. Any billing issues or questions are routinely resolved favoring our clients since we never wish to lose a relationship over billable hours. Our firm is proud to have a reportable 97% retention rate of our clients.
What makes us different
- NO BILLING FOR ATTORNEY TO ATTORNEY TIME – you do not get billed for any time attorneys or staff spend discussing your case among our legal team during our routine case meetings, lead attorney meetings or strategy sessions. This is unique to our firm and helps our clients save thousands of dollars each month in legal fees. We work together as a team and brainstorm every case and every issue, but this is our chosen approach and a great benefit to our clients.
- NO DOUBLE BILLING IF MULTIPLE ATTORNEYS PERFORM SAME TASK – from time to time, we choose to have two attorneys or a paralegal to assist an attorney during court appearances, settlement conferences and conduct conference calls and meetings with clients. As long as the decision for multiple team members is ours, you will only be billed for the most senior attorney’s time for any such work. This happens very often and saves thousands of dollars by avoiding double billing.
- NO BILLING FOR PHOTOCOPIES AND FAXES– photocopies and faxes are always complimentary
- TRAVEL TIME BILLED AT CONSERVATIVE RATES– we bill travel time to and from court appearances or conferences based only on public transportation (subway) and no traffic commute (which is hardly ever the case in NYC). We also do not bill any garage or parking fees if our attorneys choose to commute by a car.
Legal Fees Simplified
* The below estimates are for informational purposes only.
For a more accurate estimate tailored to the facts or your situation, please book a consultation with one our family lawyers.
- Attorney provides a full consultation and analysis of all legal issues (example: custody, parenting time, child support, spousal support, division of marital assets).
- Parties utilize the legal analysis provided to independently negotiate and reach a resolution to each legal issue without attorney involvement.
- Settlement is reached.
- Attorney prepares a settlement agreement and all required uncontested divorce documents based on terms provided by client.
- Both sides sign the settlement agreement and all other required documents before notary public.
- Attorney files all documents with the court and oversees that divorce is granted.
- Attorney provides client with updates and sends Judgement of Divorce to client once signed by the court.
- Attorney provides a full consultation and analysis of all legal issues (example: custody, parenting time, child support, spousal support, division of marital assets)
- Attorney contacts opposing side to discuss the case and all legal issues.
- Attorney engages in initial basic financial disclosure with opposing side.
- Attorney prepares a settlement position including possible resolutions to legal issues, potential court outcomes, associated legal costs and risks, and discusses settlement with client.
- Attorney obtains settlement terms from the opposing side.
- Attorney engages in cooperative negotiation of settlement terms with opposing side.
- Settlement is reached.
- All other points of “UNCONTESTED DIVORCE”
- Attorney engages in deep and complex financial and asset disclosure and discovery with opposing side.
- Attorney utilizes subpoenas (if necessary) to obtain relevant disclosure.
- Engagement of forensics and asset valuations.
- Attorney conducts multiple in person or telephone settlement conferences with opposing side.
- Attorney prepares and negotiates several drafts of the settlement agreement.
- All other points of “LOW COMPLEXITY/HIGH COOPERATION DIVORCE”
- Court is engaged to resolve legal issues
- Attorney prepares detailed case strategy
- Attorney engages in motion practice in court (if necessary)
- Attorney and client prepare for court appearances with required documents.
- Attorney engages in aggressive high conflict litigation.
- Attorney communicates with opposing side, court, attorneys for the children, and experts (if any)
- All other points of “HIGH COMPLEXITY/HIGH COOPERATION DIVORCE”
- Complex discovery including independent forensics: private investigators, surveillance, financial experts, asset and business evaluators, etc.
- Attorney prepares complex case strategy
- Attorney engages in extensive motion practice in court
- Attorney exclusively handles all communications with opposing side.
- Attorney provides on demand high level of client counseling and support.
- Attorney engages in appellate practice, if required.
- All other points of “LOW COMPLEXITY/LOW COOPERATION DIVORCE”