Lawyers usually charge an hourly rate and are retained for the whole case. Similarly, mediators generally charge by the hour. But I offer two ways to pay: hourly or, because I believe you don't always need a lawyer or mediator, a flat fee where you hire me for a specific task only, like reviewing a separation agreement or helping you prepare for court.
the initial consult
Attorney Consult: Here's your chance to talk to a lawyer and to begin to learn how the law applies to your situation. We will discuss your legal options: Is collaborative law, for example, right for you? What about trying mediation? I'll also talk about what's involved in going to court.
Once we've discussed the options and strategies that might work best for your case, I'll talk to you about cost. Usually trying mediation or collaborative law is less expensive than having a trial.
My goal is for you to walk out from an intial consultation with a plan for moving things forward and a sense of how much that plan will cost.
Mediation Consult: For a mediation consultation, I will outline the mediation process to both parties including confidentiality, voluntariness and the role of the mediator. I will explain the cost and explain next steps if settlement is reached. Often, both persons split the cost of a mediator, helping to make mediation one of the most affordable ways to resolve a legal dispute such as a divorce.
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Figuring out what step to take next ("Should I talk to a lawyer?" "Do I need a lawyer or a mediator?," "Should I file in court?" and "Can I afford a lawyer?") can be very stressful. And the process of resolving a family law dispute can be confusing and overwhelming. A free consultation is an opportunity to ask questions and to begin to learn about the options that are available to you.
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Call (413) 586-5989 for a free initial consultation.
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