Flat Fee Service Packages

Most divorce attorneys will tell you they cannot tell you the cost of a divorce. This is because attorneys bill by the hour. Or at least they used to.

Flat fees are becoming more popular, and with good reason. Imagine knowing up front how much you need to pay your attorney. No more worrying about the cost of every phone call or every email. No more fear that your family law attorney is dragging things out to increase your bill. And no more getting a bill every month asking for another retainer.

Our services provide an additional value that few family law firms can match. We only work with a limited number of clients at a time. This allows us to provide the personal service and support that our clients need.

We offer different flat fee service packages. Each runs for a period of time and covers most of the attorney’s services you would need to finish your divorce.

Because we believe in transparent pricing, you can find the minimum costs for each package below.

Our Service Packages:

GOLD PACKAGE:


This is our basic level of service used mostly for less complicated divorces where you are representing yourself but seeking help with the process. This service does not include full representation by Lori Barkus and her team.

What is included in our Gold Package:

  • 6 month term which begins the day the engagement letter is signed.
  • A reasonable number of calls/emails to our team to answer questions.
  • Assistance with which forms need to be filed (we do not prepare or file the forms for you).
  • Assistance with your financial affidavit/sworn financial statement (we do not prepare the document but can answer questions and help you fill it out.
  • Assistance with your required financial disclosures (we will not prepare the certificate or be responsible for sending the disclosures, but will help you figure out what needs to be disclosed).
  • Review of documents that you are filing in your case. We will make suggestions but we do not prepare documents or make revisions to them.
  • One 30 minute call with Lori Barkus to prepare for mediation. We do not attend mediation.
  • Review settlement proposal/parenting plan and make suggested changes.
  • Does not include preparing or filing any documents on your behalf, preparing a parenting plan, financial statement or gathering any documents needed, calls to the other party or their attorney, attending mediation, deposition, hearings or trial.
  • Packages available from $3000. General consultation fee will be credited to this package if package is purchased within 7 days from the date of the consultation.


SILVER PACKAGE:


This is recommended for less complicated divorces, situations that are mostly amicable and divorces that involve household incomes of $250,000 or less and marital estates of less than $2 million. This service does include full representation by Lori Barkus and her team for all services through settlement (trial, if required, involves an extra fee).

What is included in our Silver Package:

  • 6 month term which begins the day the engagement letter is signed.
  • Unlimited emails to our team.
  • Weekly call with Lori Barkus, if needed, to address questions and issues in your case.
  • Initial filing and all court filings (filing fees/ basic service of process included).
  • Prepare Financial disclosures, financial affidavit and discovery.
  • Prepare parenting plan.
  • Respond to any additional discovery requests.
  • One temporary hearing, if necessary.
  • An attorney from the Barkuslaw team will attend mediation with you.
  • Prepare and finalize agreement.
  • Attend final hearing and/or prepare final divorce documents.
  • One 30 minute post divorce call approximately 6 months after divorce is finalized to address a limited number of questions or post divorce issues.
  • Packages available from $6000. General consultation fee will be credited to this package if package is purchased within 7 days from the date of the consultation.


PLATINUM PACKAGE:


Our exclusive service which is only offered to a very small number of clients so that we can provide this level of service.

What is included in our Platinum Package:

  • 6 or 12 month month terms which beginsthe day the engagement letter is signed.
  • Unlimited calls and emails with Lori Barkus and her team for any questions, strategy sessions or needed discussions.
  • Priority access to Lori Barkus’s calendar for additional short notice availability for meetings and discussions.
  • Initial filing and all court filings (filing fees/ basic service of process included).
  • All disclosures and discovery.
  • All pleadings, notices, motions and any other documents needed to be filed in your case.
  • All temporary hearings.
  • Any depositions.
  • Any subpoenas or additional discovery or investigation needed.
  • All meetings with any other professionals, evaluators or other third parties as needed.
  • Lori Barkus will personally attend mediation with you.
  • Prepare and finalize agreement.
  • Attend final hearing and/or prepare final divorce documents.
  • Two post divorce check in calls- 45 minutes each- approximately 3 months and 6 months after divorce is finalized to address all post divorce questions and issues.
  • Packages available from $12,500. Consultation fee will be credited to this package if package is purchased within 7 days from the date of the consultation).

NOT INCLUDED with any service:

  • Court reporters.
  • Mediator fee.
  • Investigators, any experts/evaluators, guardian ad litem, child and family investigator.
  • Subpoena fees to process servers or third party invoices for producing documents.
  • Witness fees for attending hearings.

NEW – MEDIATION SERVICES SUPPORT PACKAGE


Lori Barkus was a Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator for more than twelve years. She helped many couples mediate their divorce without lawyers and found that work very fulfilling. But one thing many couples struggled with was needing legal advice during the process but having no where to go for it. This would sometimes cause the couple to leave mediation, hire lawyers and spend a lot of money they did not want to spend. Lori realized that most people need access to legal advice during the mediation process. Our Mediation Services Package addresses that need.

What is included in our Mediation Services Support Package:

  • 3 or 6 month term which begins the day the engagement letter is signed.
  • A reasonable number of calls/emails to our team to answer questions.
  • 2 strategy sessions with Lori Barkus (thirty minutes each) to prepare for your mediation sessions and discuss the process, how and what to negotiate and to answer questions.
  • Attorney review of settlement proposals, agreements and parenting plans and emails with suggested changes.
  • Does not include preparing or filing any documents on your behalf, preparing a settlement agreement, parenting plan, financial statement or gathering any documents needed, calls to the other party or the mediator, attending mediation, deposition, hearings or trial.
  • We strongly recommend including a Basic Consultation with this service. This will help you figure out if mediation is the right option for you. Also, by understanding the strengths and weaknesses of your case, you can have a more successful mediation.
  • Packages available from $2,000 (Basic Consultation fee is credited to this package if purchased within 7 days from the date of the consultation.)

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