When it comes to family law clients asking me how much their family law matter is going to cost my usual answer is…. How long is a piece of string!!
When you need to get a family law solicitor you will most likely be in unknown territory, it is a stressful time and then on top of that, you are worried about the legal costs. Some people don’t even approach a lawyer because they are afraid of the cost or how they will pay for it.
The fact is that it is going to cost money. Depending on how realistic the parties are in maybe a little or a lot. There are many good reasons why you should seek legal advice and these outweigh the costs. These include:
- it may not be as expensive as much as you think;
- your solicitor may actually save you or make you money;
- you will get the right advice saving you mistakes and anguish;
- you will have the support you need at a stressful time; and
- your solicitor will be on your side when you feel like nobody else is.
At Collective Family Law Group we understand that people are concerned about the costs associated with legal advice that is why we give our family law clients the opportunity of a free initial consultation. Once we meet with you for the first time we are able to establish whether we are able to provide you with a fixed fee service or not. We can indicate to you what it may cost for you to get your matter resolved.
Every situation is different and depending on what is involved there are different ways of structuring fees, these may include:
Fixed fees are most common for routine work, like simple agreements. For example, sometimes couples are already in agreement as to how you are going to divide assets or spend time with the children. In these circumstances, we may be able to give you a fixed fee for the work that we conduct on your behalf.
Often we can’t predict at the start of a matter just how much time it will take. Have you heard the saying ‘how long is a piece of string?’ Well, that saying is most certainly applicable to some family law negotiations, we can never know how long it will take to reach an agreement. In cases where we charge an hourly rate, you are always aware of the rate, as we go we keep detailed records of all the time spent on the matter, then the hourly rate is applied. In these circumstances, a monthly bill is sent so that you know where you stand at regular intervals.
What Are Disbursements?
Disbursements are expenses that we pay on your behalfs such as the costs of photocopies, faxes, long-distance telephone calls, postage, couriers, experts, and court filings. You are made aware of these costs before they are incurred.
Don’t be afraid to discuss your financial situation and the cost of your matter with your solicitor, often arrangements can be made to suit your situation. It is important that you sort out your family law matter properly with solid representation so that you can move forward with no regrets.