Divorce is a decision that comes with its own set of challenges, not the least of which is how to pay for the services of a divorce attorney. Thankfully, there are legal firms in DuPage County–such as The Law Firm of Erin N. Birt, PC–that offer flat fee options for family law services to help make the divorce process more accessible for those who would normally not be able to afford legal help. This post will focus on the benefits of flat fee divorce services in Illinois.
FLAT FEE ADVANTAGES
Choosing flat fee over hourly rates in no way diminishes the quality of service you get from your divorce attorney, and in fact offers several advantages.
- You know your costs at the outset of the process and what services you'll receive for your fee. This eliminates the worry of receiving an unexpected bill that would create financial and/or emotional distress.
- Being able to afford legal advice can help you avoid custody or spousal payment situations that end up costing more in the long run.
- Once the flat fee is negotiated, you can generally contact your attorney with questions, concerns or update requests as needed without the worry of minute-by-minute billing.
- The ability to freely communicate with your attorney as needed often completes the divorce process more quickly and with less conflict.
SERVICES DETERMINE YOUR SPECIFIC LEGAL COSTS
Whether flat fee or hourly, your overall cost depends on the actual services your attorney needs to perform.
Court litigation is the most expensive process because it requires discovery, court appearances, filings, contested pleadings, civil procedures or more. Collaborative divorce costs less than litigation, and divorce mediation is less than the collaborative option. A la carte divorce services are another affordable option in Illinois.
If you need the help of an Illinois divorce attorney but are concerned about the cost, contact me to learn how our flat fee divorce services can work for you.
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