Don't be surprised if another lawyer asks for $3,000 or more just to get started
Often spouses and parents ask me why are other lawyer's retainers are so high? The answer is somewhat involved, but once you break down a lawyer's agenda, you will quickly understand why cases cost so much, and how it's easy to avoid the high cost and expensive litigation.
First, let start off with your typical divorce lawyer. Most family law attorneys work within a office that employs staff, sometime multiple lawyers, several paralegals, secretaries, and other office "overhead." This all costs a lot of money, and someone has to pay for it (that would be you). There's little incentive for a lawyer to offer you services that are anything other than the cookie cutter approach (expensive) to a divorce or custody dispute.
The cookie cutter divorce involves filing a case, and immediately starting work on discovery, which is very time intensive work. Rule 49 of the Arizona Rules of Family Law Procedure largely controls and dictates this "mandatory" discovery. But one thing that many people don't know is that Rule 49 and all of it's deadlines and expensive requirements can be waived. That's right! You can simply say, "I don't want to do that and waste several thousands of dollars taking part in a process that is not absolutely necessary to get a fair result."
Now, there are a few cases where discovery is necessary (to find hidden assets, and things like that), but most cases do not require such intensive discovery in order to complete the case on fair terms. Also, if your spouse or the other parent also does not want to waste their money on the discovery process, they too will be also be wanting to be reasonable and avoid what will only cost a lot in attorney's fees and ultimately not impact the outcome of your case.
It's important to note that you'll never hear someone say that they were so glad they spent thousands of dollars on discovery because they found valuable of assets that they previously didn't know about.
What you will hear are people saying that their case was too expensive and they had no idea why its costs so much.
If you're looking to save yourself thousands of dollars in the process, call Mr. Nordini today. Click here, to find out why Mr. Nordini's retainer is so low.