Save a Bundle of Legal Fees
With Unbundled Representation
There’s something really special about sitting in court with your lawyer waiting for your case to be called while the clock ticks away dollars from your wallet into your lawyer’s. And it’s especially painful if you’re waiting for something like a status conference that you could have handled (with a few minutes of instruction) yourself.
“Unbundled representation,” also known as “discrete task” or “limited scope” representation allows you do to that, by separating out or “unbundling” tasks for which you most need a lawyer, such as contested court proceedings, preparing settlement agreements and legal research, and paying only for those.
Saving Attorneys’ Fees in Divorce:
Pay Less with Good Timing
If you can afford a divorce lawyer, you should hire one. There’s too much at stake and too many complexities in divorce to risk “winging it” without expert advice. However, you can save some money by delaying hiring a lawyer while you take care of some things yourself. Here are some tasks you can probably handle without a lawyer’s help:
- File for divorce yourself using forms available on your state’s court system website
- Use a certified divorce planner or certified divorce financial analyst who charge substantially less than lawyers, to
- Help you organize your financial paperwork
What your divorce lawyer’s hourly rate doesn’t tell you
Q: When does a 3-minute call from a divorce lawyer who charges $300 per hour cost MORE than the same call from a lawyer who charges $400/hr.?
A: When the $300/hr. lawyer charges in increments of 2/10 of an hour, and the $400/hr. lawyer charges in 1/10 increments.
The great majority of divorce lawyers charge by the hour, or portions (“increments”) thereof. Hourly rates depend on factors such as expertise, reputation, geographical location… and maybe how much they’re shelling out for their kids’ college educations.
Using Mindful Parenting to Respond to Children’s Greatest Needs
Among the most frequently asked questions by new divorce clients is: “Will my kids be okay?”
The answer is that whether the children do well or poorly depends largely upon whether the adults act appropriately.
Easy to say; not so easy for the adults to accomplish.
Good, mindful divorce parenting requires you to conscientiously and thoughtfully address your kids’ needs at a time when their world has been turned upside down. The problem is that your world is in turmoil as well.