GETTING LEGAL HELP IS EASIER THAN YOU THINK
The Law Offices of Michele M. Poteracke offer a variety of options for hiring our time and expertise. We offer variety to try to meet your specific legal needs and budget. Whether you need an attorney to handle your entire case or you simply need help on individual issues, we can assist you while fitting within your budget.
Full Service Legal Representation
Full Service Legal Representation means Michele M. Poteracke acts as your "Attorney of Record." That means she represents you in court hearings. Telephone calls, e-mails, and correspondence regarding your case are handled by your attorney.
Opposing attorneys are prohibited from communicating with you directly unless your attorney is present or consents.
All legal documents are prepared by the attorney--not a paralegal or legal assistant.
Includes unlimited legal advice (billed at attorney's hourly rate).
A RETAINER is required. Similar to a rental deposit on a home, this retainer remains in the attorney's client trust fund bank account until your case is complete. Meanwhile, you are billed monthly. Payment is due within twenty days of the bill. If you ask the attorney to pay a monthly bill as a draw against your retainer, you will have to replenish the retainer. If any amount from your monthly billing cycle is left unpaid at the conclusion of your case, it will be deducted from your retainer balance. Your remaining retainer will then be returned to you.
Flat-Fee, Uncontested Divorce
Parties must agree in advance on all issues including division of assets and debts, child custody and support (if applicable), and spousal support.
You are self-represented ("In Pro Per"). Michele M. Poteracke is not your "Attorney of Record" (see above). If issues become contested and/or a court appearance is necessary, your service option must be converted to full service legal representation.
All legal document preparation is completed by an attorney--not a paralegal or legal assistant.
Includes legal advice/consulting of up to one hour cumulatively (in addition to the free one-half hour initial consultation).
One-half of the flat-fee is due upon initiation of services. The remaining one-half is due prior to preparation of the Marital Settlement Agreement/Judgment. The flat-fee charged is based upon the factors involved in your divorce. A base flat-fee is charged for all flat-fee divorces.
If your divorce involves no children, no community property rights to a home, no pensions/retirements/401(k) accounts, etc to divide, and no spousal support, you will only be charged the base flat-fee. The flat-fee increases for divorces involving children, spousal support, pensions/retirements, etc. to divide, and home(s) to divide. The flat-fee does not include court filing fees or fees for process servers. Contact our office for further fee information.
Limited Scope Representation/One-Time Only Court Appearances
If you are representing yourself in a divorce, custody, visitation, child or spousal support matter but prefer to have an attorney represent you in court, Michele M. Poteracke can appear for you for what is called "limited scope" representation.
Small retainer fee required in advance. You will be billed at the attorney's hourly rate for preparing for the hearing and for the court appearance. The fee will be deducted from your retainer. Any additional amount due not covered by your retainer, will be billed to you and due within twenty days of the bill. Any amount remaining in your retainer will be refunded to you.
Sometimes, you may prefer to go it alone and have an attorney review your documents to tell you whether or not they are correct, or if you’re "giving away the farm". If you have gone through much of the divorce process representing yourself, but need to make sure your paperwork for a settlement agreement and judgment has all the elements it needs to protect you, you have the option of asking for an In-Depth Consultation.
These In-Depth Consultations usually last more than an hour and involve review of your court document history, your disclosures and the draft of your settlement. Michele can then advise you about the problems with your paperwork. You will be responsible for making the changes she suggests, if you agree.
All too often, people going it alone, without an attorney, find years later that their judgment was too vague, or an issue, piece of property, or even what to do with the kids, fell through the cracks. You can avoid this by asking for an In-Depth consultation before you submit your settlement to the court.
Small retainer fee required in advance. You will be billed at the attorney's hourly rate and payment in full is due upon rendering of services.
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