Rates And Fees For Legal Services
Divorce And Family Law
Each situation is different. While it can be difficult to estimate the amount of time and expense of getting a divorce, seeking a modification, or other family law need, a good estimate of time and costs can be provided.
Our rates and fees are competitive and ensure that you receive a level of individualized attention and responsiveness.
In order to provide an accurate assessment of your situation and an estimate of the expected time and costs, an initial consultation with an attorney is necessary. There is a $300 fee for the initial one-hour consultation.
In order to get the most out of the initial consultation, we’ve created an initial intake form that will help us get to know you, your situation and communicate what we believe are realistic outcomes.
Rates and Billing
Before we begin representation, we require an initial retainer and a signed fee contract. The initial retainer depends on the case, and is quoted during your consultation with an attorney. We then bill our time against that retainer.
If and when the retainer is close to being depleted, we may require an additional retainer.
Once we begin our representation, we bill our time hourly and our rates vary among our personnel. Lawyer’s rates range from $300 to $400 per hour.
Paralegals and support staff are billed at lower rates ranging from $85 to $150 per hour depending on their experience level. Whenever appropriate, we will seek to have the other party reimburse you for your attorney’s fees and costs.
For matters involving employment, the first part of the initial consultation is usually conducted over the telephone. This allows the attorney an opportunity to learn about you and determine the nature of your situation.
Before or after the initial consultation, it may be requested that you complete a confidential Employment Law Questionnaire.
By completing our intake form, it will give us a better idea of your situation and how to properly advise you of your rights and the best strategy moving forward.
When we represent employees, we require a signed agreement. Depending on your case, it will either be a contingency fee agreement or an hourly fee agreement.
A contingency fee agreement is offered in situations where you are entitled to a recovery against the other party. A contingency fee is where the attorneys’ fees and costs are paid out of your recovery. If you don’t obtain a recovery, you are not responsible for attorneys’ fees and costs.
REQUEST A FREE PHONE CONSULTATION
At Vonder Haar Law Offices, we offer every client a free phone consultation to discuss their unique situation and determine how we can help. To arrange a consultation, please fill out the adjacent form or call us at: (707) 529-3200.
We provide representation in California State and Federal Courts. We accept most major credit cards for your convenience.