Let’s talk about how billing works in divorce cases. You hire a lawyer, and they ask you for a retainer, maybe it’s $5,000, maybe it’s $10,000, and they tell you once that money is used up, they’re going to ask for more. But they may not tell you, and should, how and what they will use that money for. Let’s say this is a firm with many people; two or three are on every email.
Do all of those people bill you? Could you let me know if you’re billed for three people reading the same email? If one person drafts something and another one reviews it, do you pay for both of them? Both of those people? Do you pay for somebody to correct their typos and make revisions? If two people go to court, do you pay for both of them? If two or three people discuss your case, do you pay for all of them to have this discussion?
These are some things you should know about attorneys who bill by the hour. Now, my goal is for you to understand the process and what to expect.
Divorce can take a life of its own if you’re unprepared and don’t ask the right questions. And these are some of the questions that you need to ask. For more information, visit our site at www.barkuslaw.com, or for more videos like this, subscribe to our YouTube channel.