Yesterday, while sitting in divorce court, I observed a woman, representing herself, engaged in a hearing with a divorce attorney. She obviously researched her issue and came to court with her organized binder, however, she unfortunately did not understand the true legal issue before the court and all of her time and efforts were misplaced and incorrect. She lost the hearing and was ordered to pay opposing counsel $1,250.00 in attorneys fees. This post will focus on Quality Divorce Options located in DuPage County that could have helped her.
This is a familiar occurrence in divorce court. People fail to hire or work with attorneys because of the misconception that an attorney's rate is unreasonable. What people often forget is the true value of a divorce attorney's fee. A divorce attorney's fee considers many things including experience, education, and other costs the attorney incurred to be able to provide quality services for a client. For instance the hourly rate may consider such things as the value of that attorney's law school education, years of experience, costs for continuing education, costs for licensing and insurance, and costs for administrative functions and office space. Such training and experience allows most experienced attorneys to accomplish certain tasks within one hour whereas it may take a pro-se (self represented) party approximately 10 hours in time and a day or two off from work to complete the same task.
The woman representing herself in court most likely would not have to pay a judgment of $1,250.00 if she had invested in an attorney. She may not have had the funds to hire an attorney. Even if she did consult with an attorney, she likely consulted with an attorney that did not offer affordable divorce options such as collaborative divorce or a la carte divorce services.
There are many different divorce options that can help anyone receive some form of legal representation, advice, or guidance. The Law Firm of Erin Birt offers many quality divorce services that work for all types of budgets such as:
Don't waste your time and ultimately your money. Experience the value of quality divorce services that match your budget. To find out what divorce services are appropriate and/or meet your financial goals, please contact the office for a 1/2 hour consultation at (630) 891-2478 or via our website's Contact Page.
The Law Firm of Erin Birt provides quality divorce services for clients in Wheaton, Glen Ellyn, Naperville, Warrenville, Winfield, Carol Stream, Bloomingdale, Lombard, Elmhurst, Downers Grove, and Oak Brook as well as other cities located in DuPage County. We have experience serving clients in Chicago, Oak Park, Roselle and other cities in Cook County, Will County, and Kane County.
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