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Rates, Retainers & Fixed Fees for Family Law Cases

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Initial Consultations

We charge $250 for up to one hour with one of our attorneys. We charge for an initial consultation because you will be receiving legal advice. Additionally, once you have come into our office for a consultation, even if you don’t retain us, we may be precluded from representing the other party.

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Fixed Fees and Alternative Billing Agreements

Due to demand, we have developed a program where fees are fixed and known ahead of time. For example, we will agree on a set amount for a half- or full-day hearing. The fixed amount will cover all work preparing for the hearing, including witness interviews, legal research, filing evidentiary or related motions, organizing and endorsing exhibits, and the time in court representing you. Our clients appreciate knowing how much filing a motion, engaging in mediation or going to trial will cost ahead of time.

Hourly Rate

We normally represent clients in family law cases and bill according to how much time we spend on the case. Below are our current rates:

Ryan Kalamaya – $395 per hour

Amy Goscha – $350 per hour

Georgina Melbye – $250 per hour

Samantha Busenhart – $195 per hour

Retainers for Hourly Agreements

We generally offer two levels of representation when billing clients on a time basis. If the scope of our representation is limited to consulting with you on your case, the retainer amount is $2,500. For full-service representation we require $5,000. If the case is set for a hearing, we normally require at least $7,500 unless there are exceptional circumstances. If your matter is extraordinary complex or contentious, we may request a higher amount.

The retainer is an advance towards fees and costs for your case. It is not a minimum amount. It is not a maximum amount. Your retainer will be held in our trust (COLTAF) account until the last billing cycle. You will need to remain current with all ongoing billing statements. At the end of the case, we will apply the retainer against the final bill and refund any unused monies.

Billing Practices

Billing cycles are monthly and sent via email unless you specifically request otherwise. Through our client portal you will be able to access all bills for your matter. We encourage payment by cash or check, but do accept credit cards for outstanding bills. In addition to our time spent working on your behalf, you are responsible for the cost of filing motions or other legal documents with the court, witness fees, deposition transcripts, experts, outsourced copy costs for hearing exhibit binders and non-routine postage. We will not charge for long-distance phone calls, copies, faxes or meals – those are simply the cost of doing business. We do not nickel and dime our clients.

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