10 Ways to Save Money On Your Family Law AttorneyBy DADvocacy™ | March 8, 2018
A family law dispute can be a mentally and emotionally draining experience. If you are not prepared, your family law dispute can also become an expensive and costly endeavor to take on. Much of what determines an attorney’s service is fee is based on how prepared you are to take on your case. The more the lawyer has to do to prepare you for court, the higher your expenses will be. In this blog, we give you 10 tips that can help you cut back on attorney expenses.
- Tip #1: Interview the attorney you are interested to make sure that they are good fit for your case. When you have to switch between lawyers your litigation expenses increase and your case gets stalled.
- Tip #2: Be sure that all of your disclosure documents are labeled and turned in on time. To help you stay organized, create a table of contents and separate the different batches of case documents.
- Tip #3: Inform your attorney about any upcoming financial or job changes in your life. If you tell your lawyer about these things, they might be able to hold off on providing discovery until the changes occur. This will also help you avoid duplication of the disclosure efforts.
- Tip #4: Make copies of your important documents that your lawyer can keep. Also ask your attorney if you should redact account numbers and any other sensitive information.
- Tip #5: You can save a significant amount of money by learning how to craft charts, calendars, and support payment sheets on your own.
- Tip #6: Avoid the costs of express mail and courier fees by picking up your documents from your attorney’s office in person.
- Tip #7: Try to avoid planning any trips or vacations that could possibly land on a court date you need to attend. If a lawyer has to file for a delay of the hearing, it can end up costing you more than the vacation itself. Avoiding trips can help you remain flexible with dates and can help your lawyer schedule your hearing on dates that other clients are going to court. This will save you money on travel charges.
- Tip #8: Try to keep communication between you and your attorney short and focused on your case. Be sure to ask your attorney for their preferred form of communication.
- Tip #9: Pay your bill on time to avoid interest and late fees. If you think you will make your payment late, call ahead of its due date to see if an early call can get your penalties waived or reduced.
- Tip #10: PICK YOUR BATTLES. Many clients allow themselves to get very caught up in small matters, and temporary problems. Keep your eye on the big picture and the long-term goal. Make sure your money is working towards THAT goal.
Contact our Miami team of family law attorneys to discuss how we can help with your case today.