This is the one issue that causes the potential client the most concern, and understandably so. Many people do not realize how expensive a matter such as a divorce can be. They are emotionally distraught they are scared and they need help. Be honest with the attorney regarding your expectations and desired results and be honest with your ability to pay and the budget you have to pay. Some clients are simply impressed with the view from their attorney’s office and pay whatever he demands, which is usually ten times what any matter is worth. Some clients can only afford a very small fee and are frustrated when they feel they are not being represented.
It is essential that you deal with the financial reality of this representation because when you do no pay most attorneys will withdraw from the matter and you may find yourself without representation after paying thousands of dollars. My office works on flat rates which eliminate all of these issues. Both parties understand what they will receive, the cost, and there are not endless invoices from the office, which creates a more honest and open relationship. Choose what method works best for you and your budget, and beware of an attorney that disparages another; they should be able to explain the pricing and billing options clearly and without the theater of a sales pitch involving disparaging others.