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As always, we also offer affordable hourly rates and retainers. Payments may be made with cash, check or any major credit card.

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A MOST Frequently asked Question (and an honest answer):

How much is this going to cost me?

Really, there is no meaningful way to answer this very reasonable question unless the service you need has a fixed fee. Every case is unique, and the cost of legal services usually depends upon how much time the lawyer has to spend working for you. Lawyers usually break down time spent working on your case into tenths of an hour. For some services, minimum fees will apply. Like any other investment, legal services are most cost-effective when they offer a reasonable prospect of a good return, or when they are your best opportunity to prevent even greater damage. A good lawyer will take the cost of his own services into account when advising you about possible courses of action.

Lawyers usually work on retainer: you will make an advance payment to your lawyer to create a fund that he will draw against to pay himself as he earns the money. You will have to replenish this fund if it becomes too depleted, according to the terms of your written fee agreement. Do not expect your lawyer to work for you on credit. Unless your fee agreement says otherwise – and read it carefully! – retainers are usually refundable to the extent that they have not been earned by services rendered expenses incurred.

There are some things you can do to keep your legal costs down, and to get the most "bang" for your legal buck:

• Take notes when you talk to your lawyer, so that you can avoid asking the same questions more than once.

• Keep your communications with your lawyer direct and to the point, without the false economy of cutting things so short that you prevent him from getting the information he needs, or from giving you the advice you need.

• Become a clerk on your own case: promptly gather and organize any necessary information or records that your lawyer needs, and discuss with him what other "legwork" you might be able to do to keep your costs down.

• Call your lawyer to address potential problems before they happen, because it is usually cheaper to stay out of trouble, than to get out of trouble. Don't just look before you leap, discuss before you leap. Making sure that you have the information to keep yourself safe and protected is part of your lawyer's job.

• Be responsible and reasonable in your day-to-day dealings with your spouse, and avoid letting negative emotions make your choices for you.

• Give some thought to which battles are worth fighting, and what you might be willing to give up in exchange for closure and peace of mind. Your lawyer can discuss this with you, and offer both suggestions and useful perspectives.