WHAT WILL IT COST?
You will be charged $100 for the initial 30-minute lawyer consultation in family law matters. You will receive a credit for that amount in the event you retain RISEN & RYAN for further legal services within 10 days of the initial consultation.
While it may not be possible to pre-determine the total cost of your divorce or other family-law case, we will review costs at the start and will work with you to keep costs down and to ensure there are no surprises when it comes to paying for legal services. Generally, "fees" refer to charges for professional services of the attorney & paralegal and "costs" refer to the expenses of handling your case that are passed along from third-parties - including the Clerks of Court.
UNCONTESTED: In most cases, we can offer the option of handling your "uncontested" family case for a flat fee, usually$1,000, plus the government filing costs of about $415. "Uncontested" means the parties are able to enter into a written agreement resolving all issues (children, support, property, debt) prior to filing the formal legal action, and a final judgment is based on that agreement.
CONTESTED: A "contested" case is one in which there are outstanding or unresolved issues such as timesharing, custody, support, property or debt. When the parties cannot agree on such issues at the start, or an uncontested case becomes "contested", then an hourly fee will apply at the rate of $250.00per hour for attorney services and $75.00per hour for paralegal services. Prior to entering an appearance in a contested case, RISEN & RYAN will receive an initial retainer fee, usually$2,500. The initial retainer may be higher depending on case complexity and venue (location) of the court. All time is tracked and, if the initial retainer is exhausted, the client shall be billed for additional fees and may be required to advance an additional retainer.
COSTS: All cases are subject to additional costs necessary to the proper handling of the case. These are usually paid through our office for goods or services provided by third parties and may include: filing fees (about $415.00 in most cases); service of process (usually $40.00); postal services; court reporting; expert fees; preparation of QDROs; appraisals; etc. All of such expenses are charged "at cost".
If you would like to discuss your particular situation with us, we will be happy to give you a much better idea of what the costs are likely to be for you. RISEN & RYAN will work with you to make your case as financially-manageable as possible and we accept MasterCard, VISA, American Express and Discover.
RISEN & RYAN, P.A.
Attorneys at Law
436 Green Acres Road
Fort Walton Beach, Florida 32547
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Our friendly staff will be happy to provide information about costs, to "point you in the right direction" and/or to schedule an appointment to review your case with a lawyer and to answer your questions about the many issues that arise in domestic relationships including:
- Divorce Procedure
- Uncontested Divorce
- Custody and Visitation
- Marital Assets & Debts
- Entitlement to Military Benefits / Retirement
- Calculation of Child Support
- Review of Settlement Agreements
- What to Expect at Trial
- Dependency / DCF Cases
- Paternity / DOR Cases
CONTACT US TODAY for INFORMATION, PRICE QUOTES or to Schedule a CONSULTATION.
DIVORCE CUSTODY TIMESHARING PATERNITY CHILD SUPPORT ALIMONY MILITARY ADOPTION
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Legal issues that arise within domestic relationships require special care and consideration. The counsel of a qualified attorney can help you to avoid unnecessary confusion and anxiety and prevent long-lasting regrets. The lawyers at RISEN & RYAN have the combined experience of more than 40 years counseling people through life's most difficult challenges - and fighting for the rights of our clients in hundreds of court hearings.
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