Frequently Asked Questions
Contact us by phone or email to ask for an intake packet. We will send it to you promptly, and once we receive it back, we will set up a consultation. We prefer to have reviewed the facts of your case prior to meeting so that we can maximize your time.
Ms. King charges $355 per hour for family law work. She bills in six-minute increments and sends out a detailed billing statement once per month. Her paralegal's and law clerk's rates are $165 per hour, and her legal assistant's rate is $75 per hour.
There is no way for an attorney to honestly predict the cost of a case. Certain factors (e.g. disputed custody, domestic violence, lack of awareness re-financial status, complex property division and complex spousal support calculations) indicate that a case will be more expensive. Other factors (the absence of minor children, little or no property and financial transparency) indicate a quicker and less-expensive case resolution.
Ms. King typically requires a $5,000 retainer for a modification of custody, visitation, or support and $10,000 for a divorce case.
Yes, most of the time. You can easily pay invoices online using a credit card or echeck. However, we do require cash or check for the consultation and initial retainer.
The reason we charge for consultations is that Ms. King designed the firm to be low-volume. She based this structure on feedback from clients, who frequently lamented their attorney's inattention and unavailability. Our goal is to provide excellent service to a group of hand-selected clients. We want prospective clients to make a good-faith investment as we are making an investment of our time.
There are several ways you can decrease costs. Firstly, be responsive. Clients who provide documents and information promptly on request can save a significant amount on fees. For example, we can complete preliminary disclosure documents from start to finish in about two hours with client cooperation. When we have to make numerous, redundant requests for the same material, costs increase.