At the Springs Law Group, we handle a variety of Family Law matters including divorce with or without children, legal separation, child custody, child support cases, and many others. At the outset of the case, our clients review and sign fee agreements that explain how the billing process works between the client and the law firm. We are open and upfront with our clients about their retainer amount required, what the firm bills at an hourly rate, and all other aspects of the billing process. A common question from many of our clients is, “How do I keep my costs down in my case?”. In this article, we want to provide some helpful tips and recommendations on how to reduce your legal fees in a Family Law matter.
Review and understand your fee agreement
We walk through and explain the fee agreement to each and every client that retains our services. We make sure that our clients understand when payments are due, how their retainer needs to be replenished, how low their retainer can get, and other financial aspects of the fee agreement. Understanding the fee agreement is the first step to taking control of your case and establishing a cohesive relationship with your attorney. This can help reduce costs.
Take an active role in your case
We advise our clients that if they want to keep their bills down that they take an active role in their case. By this we mean, that clients should not just pay their attorneys and walk away and expect the attorneys to do everything in their case. Many of our clients keep their costs down by filling out certain documents like the Sworn Financial Statement and compiling texts and emails in an orderly manner. When clients keep clean and clear records, i.e., a calendar and or journal, it also helps compile data in a timely and efficient manner.
Work with the opposing party (if appropriate)
We have had many clients that can settle issues with the other party without any help from the attorney or law firm. We always recommend that our clients try to work out issues if they can, and we stress if they can. Sometimes the other side is unwilling to communicate or they just do not want to settle an issue and then at that point we step in to help provide suggestions and litigate the matter if needed. Thus, if you can work with the other side to shrink the number of issues in your case, you will be able to save on overall fees in your case.
Consolidate your emails, texts, and communications
A major way to cut down on legal fees and costs in your Family Law case is to compact your communications with your attorney and law firm. Instead of sending ten separate emails on ten separate issues, send one email with ten bullet point issues. This way they attorney or firm is not charging you for each and every email they read. If you have a meeting with your attorney, make sure you write down what you want to discuss so that you get the most value of your time.
Review your monthly bill
Make sure to review your monthly bill supplied by your attorney or law firm. Look for bills or information on the bill that seems out of place or excessive. If you have issues with your bill, schedule a time to speak with your attorney or firm administrator about it. If you have not received an invoice showing your monthly bill from your attorney, call them and request one. It is important to know that the attorney and law firm is charging you each and every month.
If you are looking for ways to keep your fees and costs down in your Family Law case, please contact the attorneys at Springs Law Group LLC to schedule a free initial consultation. Springs Law Group LLC provides open and honest information about all financial aspects of your particular matter.
Christopher Nicolaysen is a Family law Attorney who practices in Colorado Springs, CO. He graduated from Denver Sturm College of Law, and has been practicing law for several years now. Christopher Nicolaysen is passionate about helping you solve your family matters. Learn more about his experience here.