- March 31st, 2014
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With respect to the Family Law Cases, these cases involve a lot of work in the early part of the case. One major things that must be accomplished, within 42 days of filing the case, is to put together the financial disclosures.
This consists of putting together a Sworn Financial Statement, with accompanying hard copies of various account statements, tax returns, earnings statements, retirement, real-estate and insurance documents, and so on.
This is very tedious and time consuming for the client to put together. In my office, Monique Mountain will assist you in putting together what we call these disclosures, the Rule 16.2 Disclosures.
Monique will draft the Sworn Financial Statement once we receive the necessary information from you, and aid you in assembling the other hard copies called for by Rule 16.2. Monique bills me at $35.00 per hour for her time, and I bill you $35.00 per hour for her time. I do not mark Monique’s time up. This will save you hundreds, if not several thousands of dollars, in getting the Rule 16.2 Disclosures in final form; so that they can be e-filed and served on the other side. My time is billed at $175.00 per hour, which is under market, considering the experience that I have.
The idea is to try to make the legal services more affordable to you, for reason when you are paying someone on an hourly basis, the time and therefore the attorney’s fees can start to add up. On these cases, I want to do the work that is necessary to protect your rights and obtain a good result for you, without making the case more complicated, and therefore more expensive, than it needs to be.
To say this another way, I am very conscious of the expense in hiring a lawyer to get a divorce. In light of that, I try to be economical in the work I do on your case, while doing the work that is necessary to obtain the best possible result for you.
Of course, every case is different, and ultimately the amount of fees you incur depends on things like the complexity of the issues, the approach of the other side in being open to trying to settle the case, and so on.