Posted On: May 24, 2010

Flat-Fee California Divorce Lawyer - A Refreshing Approach to Family Law

Concerned about your legal fees? You should be. The fact is that working with an California divorce or family law attorney can be expensive. However it doesn’t have to put you or your family into bankruptcy, nor does it have to keep you awake at night wondering how much your attorney’s next bill will be. There is a better way.

I am pleased to announce that we are one of the first Northern California family law firms to offer flat-fee, fixed-rate pricing for both contested and uncontested divorces. Flat-fee billing removes the uncertainty from the process and gives you the ability to know up front and in advance what your case is going to cost.

moneymatters.jpg In many cases, we are able to provide our clients with upfront, fixed fees for their cases. This includes uncontested divorces, basic and contested divorce settlements, and even court-based (litigated) cases in addition to our new online divorce coaching and flat-rate mediation plans. (We continue to offer traditional hourly billing for clients who prefer that option, and for those cases that simply do not lend themselves to fixed fees.)

Flat-fee pricing can provide peace of mind and has many advantages over traditional hourly billing. For one thing, it offers you the predictability of knowing in advance how much our services will cost without having to worry about the expense of each call, letter or email. It gives you the assurance of knowing that everything necessary will be done to move your case forward without the stress of wondering how much your legal bill will be each month. It permits you to be confident that your attorney is not doing unnecessary work or otherwise trying to maximize your legal fees.

- Consultations and Second Opinions
- Limited Scope Attorney Court Appearances
- Unbundled (A la Carte) Attorney Services – "Attorney Assisted Divorce"
- Uncontested Divorces
- Basic and Complex Divorce Settlements
- Court-based (Litigated) Cases
- Mediation Services
- Online Divorce Coaching
- Paternity, Annulments and Other Family Law Matters

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Posted On: May 10, 2010

California Flat-Fee Divorce: A Viable Alternative Coming Soon

Over the past few years, much has been written about the impending death of the billable hour. And the trend does seem to be picking up steam. Divorce cases would seem to be particularly ripe for flat-fee (also known as fixed-fee) billing.

Many of us, myself included, have heard the horror stories about families either shocked by their final invoices or driven into bankruptcy as a result of a high-conflict, high-cost divorce case. But, what are the alternatives? And are the alternatives as good? Well, the answer is "yes," there is an alternative and "yes," the alternative is as good and in many cases is much better.

In the coming weeks, my office will begin to offer flat-fee divorce services for both uncontested and contested cases. Not every case nor every situation lends itself to flat-fee services, so I will continue to provide hourly billing as well. However, I am excited about the prospect of offering flat-fee services, and look forward to discussing the various options with my clients to help them find the best solution for their particular case.

Watch this space over the next few weeks for more information and announcements. Be sure to visit our new domains (once they're up and running, of course) at:,, and

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