You want to be an informed consumer when you are purchasing legal services. If you are considering an end to your marriage in Ohio, your family law options are divorce or dissolution. Most lawyers charge by the hour and most lawyers also require a refundable deposit referred to as a retainer. Payment of the retainer and your signature on a fee agreement will set the parameters of your attorney-client relationship.
Lawyers are permitted to unbundle the legal services they provide. My Certified Family Law Specialist Practice is limited to Mediation and Collaborative Process cases. I choose not to offer Litigation services. I did that for thirty years and no longer believe in that process is helpful for resolution of family law matters. I charge a one hourly rate for Mediation and another rate for Collaborative Process cases (Dissolution); when I represented clients in courtroom litigation (Divorce) I charged higher hourly rates and larger retainers.
Legal bills should be itemized and clearly identify all services rendered. In Collaborative cases, time is charged for meetings, drafting documents, communications (written, electronic and telephonic) and perhaps certain out of pocket expenses which are necessary depending upon circumstances. The facts and circumstances of each case and the practices and personalities of everyone involved (clients and lawyers) affect how much time any given case requires and in turn how expensive it will be to resolve your divorce of dissolution issues. For more particular information please contact Maury White today at 513-770-4350