A Caution Regarding Online Family Law Resources

November 11, 2019

This blog is one of many resources available online that attempts to provide some basic information about family law. Many other family law firms have similar blogs where they try to answer simple, frequently-asked questions relating to separation and divorce, or to the legal system more generally. There are also many informational websites produced by individuals and groups involved in the family law system, such as mediators, arbitrators, government agencies, and interest groups (such as father’s rights groups). In addition to these sites, there are online calculators that allow you…

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October 09, 2019

Hiring a lawyer to represent you in a family law case can be expensive – we get it. Below we offer some tips on how to save legal fees when working with a lawyer in a family law case: WORK WITH A MEDIATOR BEFORE HIRING A LAWYER You should meet with a lawyer for a consult at least prior to mediation (that way you get a sense of the legal issues and your rights/obligations prior to mediation). A mediator is a trained independent person who can help you and your…

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I Think My Spouse Owes Me An Equalization Payment; Can I Pay My Legal Fees When I Get That Money?: Contingency Fees and Family Law

June 25, 2019

There are numerous law firms advertising on television, radio, internet, and elsewhere that claim, “our lawyers only get paid when you get paid” or “no fees unless we win”, or otherwise offer some arrangement where the lawyer’s fees are taken out of any settlement or court judgment obtained. These fees are referred to as “contingency fees”, since the amount payable to the lawyer is “contingent” (that is, it depends) on winning and, typically, also on the size of the settlement or judgment (since contingency fees are often a percentage of…

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Can my Ex and I use a “Do-It-Yourself” Separation Agreement template we found online?

May 17, 2019

Just as there are many “do-it-yourself” kits for Wills and Powers of Attorney available, there are a number of websites that offer templates for Separation Agreements. Often these are advertised as being free to use and some claim to take only 5-10 minutes to complete. Just fill in the blanks and in a few minutes, you’re good to go – with no legal fees and no delay. With such a minimal investment of time and money involved, it may be tempting to rely on one of these templates. There are,…

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