Flat Fee Services

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.

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

Our different levels of service are:

GOLD:


This is our basic level of service used mostly for less complicated divorces or those seeking a form of limited representation. This service does not include full representation by Lori Barkus and her team.

What is included in Gold:

  • 6 month term which begins the day the engagement letter is signed.
  • A reasonable number of calls/emails to our team to answer questions.
  • 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 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.

SILVER:


This is recommended for less complicated divorces, situations that are mostly amicable and divorces that involve modest incomes and estates. 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 Silver:

  • 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.

PLATINUM:


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

What is included in Platinum:

  • 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.

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.

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