One of the big questions people ask when dealing with a family law matter is whether an attorney is needed. It is always a good idea to at least talk to an attorney whenever you are going through a major family issue like a divorce, modifying child custody or child support orders, or any other related matter. In fact, most lawyers and law firms (like the Law Office of Caitlin Rodriguez) offer free initial consultations. So, no matter what your legal issue is, you should always consult with an attorney.
With that being said, there are many different options to obtaining access to an attorney’s legal services. As most people already know, the traditional attorney client relationship is structured so the client pays a retainer averaging about $3000-$5000 with the attorney billing against that retainer at an average hourly rate of $300 per hour. Because a divorce, child custody or child support modification, or any other family law matter can be an ongoing process, this traditional model can become very expensive. That’s why many attorneys, including myself, have worked on figuring out ways to provide clients with the necessary legal services at a more affordable rate.
Some attorneys and law firms have completely eliminated retainers and billable hours. Many have begun offering subscription legal services whereby the attorney is available to the client each month for a specified amount of services for a low monthly fee. Others offer flat rate and coaching services for a one-time low payment. With all of these new options to clients, legal services are now more accessible and affordable than ever.
At the Law Office of Caitlin Rodriguez, I wanted to create a place where clients are empowered to receive the support they deserve during difficult times. That’s why I offer flat rate packages for a one-time low payment for most family law legal matters. If the flat rate packages do not work for your particular issue, I help you to work out a plan that will best serve you and your needs.
In the end, whether you decide you need full attorney representation using the traditional retainer attorney client relationship model or just need some legal advice at a lower flat rate cost, it is always best to at least consult with an attorney to find out what option is best for you.
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