Attorney’s fees can contribute to the natural anxiety that accompanies divorce. In most contested cases, the average cost of divorce can be $20,000.00 or more. And some cases are difficult and will naturally involve more time and conflict, leading to increased fees. What if there is a way to keep the conflict and the legal fees from escalation? Unfortunately, the cost of divorce can be the elephant in the room. At Divorce Concierge, we address these costs openly so you can avoid the surprises that can happen with the hourly rates involved in a contested divorce.
At Divorce Concierge you will be charged a flat fee for your uncontested divorce, with easy payment options. Just choose your package and get started today.
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* Pricing is determined by the complexity of your divorce situation. Factors that determine complexity include the number of children under the age of 18, the number of assets and liabilities to be divided including Real Estate and Retirement Accounts. Pricing does not include filing fees or QDRO preparation fees.
The Benefits of Flat-Fee Pricing Structure
No Hidden Fees
In a flat-fee pricing model, a law firm sets one fee for a service. When you work with Divorce Concierge to navigate your divorce, we will tell you up-front how much the service will cost. That amount is what you will pay. You will not have to pay hidden fees hourly costs, but only a straightforward one-time charge. The main reason we use a flat fee pricing model is to make our clients’ lives easier.
The traditional hourly billing system has several problems. By charging clients high hourly costs and hidden fees, attorneys are incentivized to spend as much time as they can on a case. Additionally, clients are incentivized to use their attorney as little as possible, which may hurt their divorce settlement. The traditional pricing model puts the client against the attorney.
Our mission is to work with our clients to achieve goals, not against them. We want to give our clients the legal representation they need, allowing them to work through their cases with confidence. Going through a divorce can be one of the most stressful experiences in a person’s life, and it can also be financially devastating. We do not want our clients to be worried about penny-pinching and being able to pay their legal bills when their finances are already strained.
Managing Financial Expectations
When clients pay a flat fee, they know what to expect and can plan and budget accordingly. From the beginning of the attorney-client relationship, clients know what to expect. They know how much their case will cost and whether they can afford to hire a particular law firm. Sometimes when law firms use traditional building methods such as hourly rates, the client may run out of money during their divorce. The attorney may no longer be able to represent the client, putting the client in a stressful situation. Using a flat fee helps avoid these types of issues. Clients understand the amount of legal fees they will need to pay before hiring an attorney.
Easing Stress During Divorce
Family law cases, including divorce cases, can be among the most demanding and stressful types of legal matters. When a client is not sure how much the total fees will be, it can make matters worse. Many traditional family law attorneys ask a client for a retainer and then they charge hourly rates. They may not tell the client how much the case will ultimately cost or how much the client will need to pay in legal fees each month. Some attorneys tell clients that it is impossible to predict the total. However, when using the flat fee method, it is possible to predict the cost of a case. The predictability can help ease some of the stress and uncertainty involved in divorce litigation.
Flat fee pricing can also help people better align their goals in the attorney-client relationship. With traditional hourly billing, a client may feel like their attorney is spending more time than necessary on an issue, just to drive up the total cost of the case. Clients can feel like this even when an attorney is being ethical in their billing practices. With flat fees, clients understand exactly what they are paying, no matter how many hours their attorney needs to spend on the case. The flat fee system creates an incentive for attorneys to work more efficiently and keep the divorce case moving through the court system.
Plan Your Legal Payments Ahead of Time
When using a flat rate legal fee system, you can plan out your legal payments to your attorney ahead of time. When you work with us, you will have an understanding of how much you will need to pay for our legal services in advance. As a result, you will have time to budget for your legal fees. Knowing that you will be able to pay your attorney bill every month will give you some much-needed financial security while allowing you to relax.
Ensures the Excellence of Our Work
When attorneys work on an hourly price basis, they may be more inclined to spend their time efficiently or to encourage clients to discuss issues that do not really need a phone call. The more phone calls, emails, and motions that they engage in, the more billable time they will spend on your case. The more billable time they spend on your case, the more they can charge you.
At Divorce Concierge, our flat-fee pricing approach ensures that our attorneys will work efficiently to handle your case. Our attorneys do not have an incentive to waste time on unnecessary emails, phone calls, or paperwork just to bill you for more hours. We will not hound you with phone calls to try to make more on your divorce case. Using a flat-rate system gives us the motivation to serve you and your interests.
Allows Us to Sell Our Value
Using a flat rate fee allows us to sell our value instead of our time. If you work with a law firm that uses an hourly billing system, you are not always paying for their work. Instead, you are paying for their time. When you use flat-fee pricing for your divorce, you will be paying for a specific service. In other words, you will know exactly what your money is paying for it.
You Will Not Have to Worry About Getting Into a Price Dispute
Individuals seeking a divorce and using a law firm that charges a traditional hourly fee may end up in a pricing dispute with their attorney. After reviewing the detailed charges on their invoice, they may feel like they are getting scammed by their legal counsel. When you use flat-fee pricing, you know exactly how much it will cost you.
You will not need to wait for your bi-monthly or monthly invoice, worrying that it may be for a higher amount than you can pay. You also can avoid getting into a dispute with your attorney over legal costs or hourly fees that you did not expect to pay.