Establishing fees which are fair is of primary concern to us in domestic cases. Our firm takes the position that fees should be reasonably related to the difficulty of the issues to be decided as well as to the anticipated time involved resolving factual and legal questions. Fees are the responsibility of the client retaining our firm. While in certain cases it may be possible to recover fees from the opposing spouse, such fee payment cannot be guaranteed at the beginning of any case. We normally require a “retainer” which represents a sum of money paid to engage us in the representation. In addition, the remainder of the fee is established on the basis of an hourly charge to be determined by the type of service performed. We are sensitive to your financial situation. We will make every effort to structure our fees in such a way that you are comfortable with payment for our services.
It is necessary in domestic relations cases for the lawyer to obtain a very detailed statement of background information concerning the marriage, spouse, children and property. It is also essential that detailed financial information be assembled. A review of all assets and liabilities of the marriage is required, and it may be necessary to employ professionals such as accountants in order to place these matters in their proper perspective.
We will be involved in discovery during the pendency of the action: taking depositions and determining the need for additional professionals such as psychologists and vocational professionals.
As the case progresses and we develop sufficient information we will be discussing fair settlement proposals with you. While we must prepare for a trial in these matters, we will be working to resolve the issues on terms which are fair and equitable.
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