Your payment options depend on the type of representation you request. In all types of case I accept payment via the major credit cards.
I provide two types of representation: general and limited. General representation means that I appear as the attorney of record in your family law matter, and represent you in all phases of your case. Limited representation means that I “limit” my representation of you to particular task, such as representing you at a single hearing, or preparing a single document.
When I provide general representation, I will require a retainer (advance fee deposit), and will bill you based on the actual hours I work on your case. (My hourly rate is currently $300). Your retainer is kept in a trust account, and is reduced each month by the amount of fees and costs attributable to your case for that month. You are then responsible for replenishing your retainer, each month, to the agreed level. The size of your retainer depends on the complexity and contentiousness of your case.
Most clients prefer general representation, and general representation works best when:
1. You have a number of questions and issues that need to be addressed.
2. Your case is financially complex. (Alimony issues, division of real property, division of retirement accounts, etc.).
3. Your case has contested issues related to the “custody” of your minor children. (Under Florida law “custody” is referred to as “parental responsibility” and “time sharing”).
4. You wish to move your case through the system as quickly and efficiently as possible.
When I provide limited representation, in most cases I will quote a flat fee for the task to be accomplished. The flat fee is earned when paid, and is your entire cost for the task. For example we might agree to a flat fee payment of $900 to prepare a Marital Settlement Agreement in your case. The amount of the flat fee depends on the complexity of the task that you hire me to complete.
Limited representation works best when:
1. You case is “over,” but there are final documents that need to be prepared by a lawyer.
2. Your case is settled, but for whatever reason you are having a difficult time getting a final judgment/order entered by the court to complete your matter.
3. You cannot afford general representation, but you can afford to pay an attorney for a particularly difficult task or hearing.