No one can predict with absolute accuracy what the total fees will be at the beginning of a case. The final cost of your case will depend on so many things: the complexity of the issues, the time involved, the level of your spouse’s cooperation, the amount and availability of petrinent information, and so on. The breadth and depth of the issues in your case will become more apparent over time and your lawyer should be able to give you an estimate as to the likely future costs as the case progresses. You should discuss those costs with your lawyer in cxomparison to the potential benefits to your case. An exhaustive “leave no stone unturned” approach can be cost prohibitive and simply may be unwarranted. Our attorneys’ hourly rates vary and our firm has options to fit most budgets.
It is not required that you bring anything. The consultation is designed to give you the necessary information to allow you to make an informed decision on how to proceed. The attorney will provide an overview and discuss with you parenting issues, financial issues, and other topics related to divorce. The attorney will ask about your and your spouse’s employment status and income, as well as your assets and liabilities, so it is helpful to have a general concept of what assets and debts are to be divided, if known. If you have a pre-nuptial agreement, it is helpful to bring a copy to the consultation.
No–attorneys are ethically prohibited form representing both parties to a divorce. Even when parties agree on all the issues in their case, there is a fundamental conflict of interest that precludes one attorney from representing both parties.
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