If you stand to lose a lot ﬁnancially from a given situation, or if your freedom, family, career or property is at stake, discussing your situation with an experienced attorney allows you to methodically review legal options regarding a broad range of life events to assist you with determining the best course of action.
How can I ensure that I receive the most cost effective services from an attorney?
Ask an attorney for a written agreement of fees for clarity on projected costs. When communicating with your lawyer either by phone, email or in person plan your questions in advance and limit conversation to the immediate legal matter at hand. Ask an attorney whether arbitration or mediation is possible to avoid more costly litigation proceedings. Inform your attorney of your budget and work around that ﬁgure or look for a competent lawyer who provides a payment plan.
Does consulting an attorney mean my case will automatically go to court?
An experienced attorney will do everything possible to settle your case outside of trial but is also prepared to go to court to ﬁght for you. It depends upon your goals and objectives.
Why is it important to have an estate plan?
Many people mistakenly believe that they “do not have enough assets for an estate plan” and think that all property will be immediately transferred to their children or immediate family. This is not the case. If proper arrangements are not made to distribute your assets after death, your estate goes into probate regardless of the size of your estate and your assets can fall into the wrong hands.
How much will a divorce cost?
Depending on your speciﬁc situation, a straightforward divorce litigation case involving limited assets and no children can be achieved at relatively minimal cost. Fees rise in relation to the variables involved with disputes and litigation.