Q: Where are you located?
A: We are located on South Saginaw Road in Grand Blanc Township, in a 1930’s brick building with a large green sign out front. We are at the corner of Saginaw and Silverton, north of Hill Road (and the Chase Bank at the Pointe) and South of Maple Road and the Grand Blanc Township Police Department. Our mailing address is a Flint address although we are in Grand Blanc Township, so if you use a GPS please be sure to enter South Saginaw ROAD to avoid being misled. You enter our parking lot off Silverton.
Q: What are your Office Hours?
A: Monday-Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. All consultations are by appointment only. Please call to schedule a consultation or before you stop by the office.
Q: How do I get started?
A: The first step in the process is a consultation. Please call the office to schedule a consultation. Appointment times vary each week depending on the court schedule. I offer an initial consultation at a reduced fee of $75 for half an hour so you can get some questions answered, understand your options, and decide if you would like to work with me.
Q: What is the cost?
A: Attorney fees and total costs of litigation vary from case to case, depending on how complicated and time consuming the matter is. A deposit is required based on the attorney’s estimate of the minimum amount of time a case is likely to require. You should be aware there are certain fixed expenses that must be paid on your behalf, such as filing fees paid to the Court when your case is started or any time a motion is filed. For example, when a party files for a divorce or separate maintenance, the filing fee to be paid to the Court is $150 when there are no minor children and $230 when there are minor children involved. A signed contract (retainer agreement) and deposit (retainer payment) is required to retain me. Your retainer payment is placed in a trust account. We send out monthly itemized billings so you can see every month what costs and attorney fees have been billed (and deducted from your retainer payment) and you can ask any questions. If you still have funds in our trust account when the case is concluded, the money is yours and will be refunded to you. If you exhaust your fees on deposit, you will have to either make another retainer payment or make monthly payments on the balance due.
Q: What is your hourly rate?
A: Typically, it ranges from $200-$250.
Q: How do you deal with Court-Ordered Attorney Fees?
A: In some cases, a Judge will order the other party to contribute to your attorney fees or order you to contribute to your spouse’s. If those amounts ordered are paid to us and you no longer have a balance with this office, the money is yours. If there is a balance owing, those funds will first be applied to your bill and, if the case is settled, the remainder is given to you. We do make all reasonable efforts to ensure those court-ordered fees get paid; however, our contract is with you and your account balance is your responsibility.
Q: How long does the divorces or separate maintenance process usually take?
A: There is a statutory waiting period of 60 days for cases with no minor children, and 6 months for cases with minor children, which must elapse before a Judgment of Divorce or Separate Maintenance can be entered. This is true even if you agree on all issues. If you do not agree on all issues, trial will not be scheduled prior to those waiting periods, so the case will take at least that long.
Q: When does attorney representation end?
A: An attorney who has been retained is released as the attorney of record 21 days after a final order (i.e. Judgment of Divorce) has entered.