Thinking about getting a divorce? Already have one in process – with or without an attorney – and feeling lost? Not sure where to turn, but are afraid to consult with an attorney and face thousands of dollars in fees?
These were the situations that I saw every day practicing family law litigation for several years. So many divorcing parties needed help but couldn’t afford full representation. Most were already quite savvy when it came to the divorce process, but there are some questions that you just really need an attorney’s help and expertise. But there was no resource for those litigants who wanted help with one specific issue (and not anything else) or one hearing or one declaration. The free services at the courthouse did the best they could, but were often crowded or couldn’t help with a specific legal issue. Most traditional attorneys would only take the whole case. Some litigants tried to do their own online research, but still had trouble finding the specific advice needed…plus that can get really overwhelming really fast.
We decided to start offering clients as-needed services for their divorce cases, so we can help with smaller issues that come up and not take on the entire case. In formal, legal terms, this is called “unbundled services.” Since most non-lawyers don’t know that term, we use the phrase “as needed” services.
This is where we come in. Our expertise is best used in these situations:
- You’re thinking about a divorce but have no idea how to proceed or how the process works or what to expect or what the law provides in your situation. You can get all the advice you can hear from your neighbor, sister and cousin who got divorced, but they are not going to be able to give you specific legal advice.
- Your divorce is going fine, but you and your spouse are stuck on one issue. Either you have a sticky area of your divorce that’s holding up settlement (custody, support, property division, etc.), a procedural stumbling block you can’t overcome (how do you move your case forward when the other side is stalling?), or you are having trouble completing documents (what are disclosures? How do you file your Judgment paperwork?).
- You have a lawyer but can’t ever get in touch with him/her or feel that s/he is not giving you the attention you want or need. Or, you think you can do something, and your attorney has said no, and you think that’s wrong. Most clients don’t want to fire their attorney for fear of having to start over with someone else and pay a lot of money up front. This is where a Family Law Coach can help to give you a second opinion on how to proceed, at a fraction of the cost of hiring a new lawyer.
Most traditional attorney consultations start blind, that is, the attorney has no idea what your story is. We work a little differently, taking as much information as we can in advance of your appointments so that we can spend as much time as possible not gathering the basic information, but rather answering your specific questions and giving you specific advice. There is no pressure because I have no vested interest in “making the sale” and having you hire me for your case. With unbundled services, we can work on a flat fee basis in some instances as well as work on a short-term hourly basis. High on specific, experienced, attorney advice, low on cost.