© 2017 by Paul D. Nordini, Esq.

Paul D. Nordini, Esq.
(480) 527-9000

How much will this cost?

Lawyer's secret:   Find a lawyer that is fee sensitive, and you'll save yourself thousands of dollars. 


BE CAREFUL.  Most lawyers set fees and retainers after you meet with them.  Most lawyers would rather get you into their office, and find out a little more about your finances prior to setting a retainer requirement.  Remember, it is no coincidence that a retainer is set on an amount that the lawyer knows you have the ability to pay.


DO NOT allow a lawyer to pressure you into signing a retainer agreement without considering all the issues and the fees that you will be asked to pay.  Most divorce and custody lawyers know that your stress level is very high, you are not thinking carefully, and you will likely be asked to sign on the dotted-line at your first meeting - don't do this!


DO HIRE a lawyer that is fee sensitive, one that understands families and their financial needs and hardships, and a lawyer truly cares about you and YOUR financial outcome. 


At my office, retainer deposits usually follow these guidelines:


  • Retainer deposits are not always required.  If we ask for a retainer, they are set low for your convenience and to allow you to afford a lawyer.

  • Hourly rates are fixed, but "true billing" is applied; this means no minimums for court appearances and phone calls which will unfairly burn through your retainer deposit.  You will be billed for the true time spent on you case.

  • We do not bill clients for costs (photocopies, faxing documents, or postage); these items are business costs and should not be passed on to the client.

  • We DO NOT bill for travel to Court.

  • We are concerned about your case and your fees.  It makes no sense to help a client with their divorce and force them into bankruptcy at the same time.

  • 43% of Mr. Nordini's clients had previously hired another lawyer and feel that they were over-charged by their previous attorney.  They fired that previous lawyer and then hired Mr. Nordini.  This office was built on being fee sensitive and keeping fees low and reasonable.​​

  • Avoid lawyers that charge overly high retainers. A high retainer only forces you to stay with you bad lawyer longer than you would want to and you'll feel pressured to stay with unsatisfactory lawyer.

  • The relationship between a lawyer and client should consists of trust, not money.