Bay Area Family Law

Saturday, June 2, 2007

Finding a Good Divorce Attorney

Choosing a good Vallejo Divorce Attorney
Unfortunately, divorce rates are rising in Vallejo and in the rest of the good old USA. Speaking from experience, divorce can be really painful. It is one of the serious problems facing America today. But it's an (unfortunate) fact of life. Hiring a Vallejo divorce attorney and going to trial should be avoided if possible. Unfortunately, it's not always that easy. It's a classic example of having to choose between the lesser of two evils. As sometimes the lesser evil is hiring a Vallejo divorce attorney.

Retaining a Vallejo divorce attorney Without it Costing an Arm and a Leg
Finances often top the list of divorce worries, with divorce attorney fees being a major concern. Divorce attorneys usually charge an hourly rate figured in 15 minute increments, even if the service takes only a minute or two of his/her time. If you call every day, your monthly charge just for phone calls can total over $1,000. If the process drags on for a year, you'll pay $12,000 and up just for those brief daily calls. Below are some tips that will help keep down expenses when it comes to legal fees charged by your divorce attorney.

Get a written fee agreement. Most Vallejo divorce attorneys charge by the hour . Vallejo divorce attorneys usually require a deposit at the beginning of their service. Fees are charged against the retainer until it is depleted. When this happens, the client (you) have to give the lawyer more money. Lawyers like to be paid upfront.Most Vallejo divorce attorneys are no different. It is imperative that you obtain a written fee agreement that outlines the exact financial terms of the representation. Otherwise, you might be left with quite a shock when you get the bill. And it's a bill from a lawyer. You're going to have to pay it.

Attempt to negotiate a settlement without the help of your attorney. We've written extensively about divorce mediation and uncontested divorce. Check out the links on this site. You will probably save over ten thousand dollars if your divorce doesn't end up in court.

Don’t be fooled into thinking a cheap attorney is a good attorney

It’s good to be frugal when dealing with a Vallejo divorce attorney. It is a costly mistake to think you are going to save money by hiring an attorney who will work for cheap. Your objective should be to achieve a reasonable settlement with your spouse. To accomplish this you need an experienced attorney who might have a slightly higher hourly rate. But they'll get the divorce done more efficiently, the result will be better, and you'll most likely end up saving you money in the long run.

People in Vallejo are no different then the rest of the general population. Quick, what's the statue governing child custody modifications? Under what circumstances can they be changed? If you answered "I don't have the faintest idea." Well, then you're quite normal. But, this also means that you might need a bit of help from a Vallejo divorce attorney.

However, a typical Vallejo divorce attorney recommended by this website will be honest. Yup, that's right. We don't recommend Vallejo divorce attorneys that charge an arm an a leg. We generally frown from recommending an attorney that will take all your money in legal fees. Unfortunately, it sometimes seems that the cost of retaining a Vallejo divorce attorney is rising almost as fast as the rate of divorce. The Vallejo divorce attorney won't be cheap. But they will be fair, professional and probably more affordable than another attorney in the long run.

Vallejo divorce attorneys can help you figure out how to settle your case in the most efficient manner possible. They understand that the way to building a thriving practice is to actually help people. Each Vallejo divorce attorney that we work with explores the possibilities of mediation. Mediation might not work for you, but at a cost of under $1,000 for a divorce, it's certainly worth looking into.


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