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Family lawyers Sydney is a law-focused firm – it’s what we all know, it’s what we specialize in, it’s what we love and it’s all that we do (aside from some associated estate planning that comes alongside family law).
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Matters relating to own family law can be complicated and frequently emotional. due to the fact, nothing is more essential than your family, it’s far key that a legal group has revel in and talent while you want legal counsel to clear up a family law dispute.
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We provide complete service representation in family law to gain a great feasible outcome to your case. Our lawyers might be your voice in all hearings or lawsuits, from settlement discussions to depositions or trials. We constitute those handling:
- Divorce & Separations
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If you’re presently facing a situation that threatens to disrupt your personal or economic well being, you want help to get the truthful decision and peace of thoughts you deserve.
Our family practice legal professionals are modern, especially skilled, and obsessed with supporting our clients and their diverse criminal desires. As experienced family lawyers, we are able to:
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Some frequently asked questions :
The $295 payment covers you for the first hour of your lawyer’s time. If you only need an adjournment this may cover that, because the adjournment may take an hour or less. Most lawyers that we use cost around $300 to $400 an hour; with the average being approximately $350 an hour. This cost does ultimately depend on your personal situation.
Costs can be discounted to a set fee. For example, for drink driving matters and other matters where one court appearance is all that is necessary. We are able to negotiate fix rates for matters such as these. The final cost will depend on the circumstance that you’re in, which state you’re in, what laws apply to your case, how much research is necessary and how much time is spent on your case.
Advice Before Court:
We recommend booking a one hour conference with your lawyer before going to court. You will get expert advice on what you should do, the likely outcome and any preparation you need to do beforehand. You will also get a fixed quote on the cost for you to be represented in your local court on the day.
Lawyers offer an important and highly specialized service, and the fees they charge reflect that. However, many people do not realize that attorneys are often flexible in the amount they bill. While a lawyer will probably not invite you to negotiate over their fee, there are areas where they will agree to change their billing structure.
The most common way that lawyers bill their clients is by an hourly rate. However, not all tasks that your lawyer will perform while working on your case are equal. Therefore, your lawyer may be willing to bill a different rate for different services.
For example, your lawyer may bill you one rate for court time, and a lower rate for research done on your case.
Also, many attorneys are often willing to cap their fees. With a fee cap, your attorney will charge you an hourly rate up to an agreed upon limit. That way, you know up front the maximum that you will be responsible for.
Finally, one good negotiating technique is to ask your attorney to bill you at 6-minute instead of 15-minute intervals. This can save you quite a bit of money over the long run.
For example, if your lawyer charges $100 per hour, a 5-minute phone call will cost you $10 if billed at 6-minute intervals. However, that same phone call will cost you $25 if your lawyer bills at 15-minute intervals. Over the course of a court case, this can add up to a significant amount of money.
It is important to fully understand a lawyer’s billing structure before you agree to hire that lawyer to represent you. While discussing fees is often unpleasant, spending a little bit of time doing this before hiring your lawyer can save you time and anxiety over the long haul.
One some level, I agree with Catherine Beale’s assessment that more expensive lawyers are more winning lawyers. I don’t know that this has as much to do with skill as many people think. A rich client can afford to have their attorney bury the other side in paperwork and files (possibly forcing them into a less than favorable settlement).
Wealthy clients can in general afford for an attorney to put in more hours on a case which certainly doesn’t hurt. A rich client can also afford to go to trial instead of settling or taking a plea. All of this combined probably leads to more wins, but is it really the attorney or the money that does it? Access to justice is a huge problem in the legal world today, maybe this is just a symptom of it.
I had to chuckle when I saw O.J. Simpson on Catherine’s list of wealthy people who hired expensive attorney with a good result. In many of the preliminary matters, Robert Kardashian represented Simpson as they were friends.
I always found this strange because Kardashian hadn’t practiced law in 20+ years and had to scramble to get his license in order to be able to appear before the court. I don’t know what their fee arrangement was, but all sources point to Kardashian doing this as a favor for a friend so it might have been taking him out to dinner and a handshake.
She is right about the time after Kardashian, the defense team Simpson hired lead by Johnnie Cochran was certainly slick and well paid. I don’t know that they won the case for Simpson as much as the prosecution lost it (or stole defeat from the jaws of victory really). Simpson and Cochran got very lucky with this case.
I think if it werent for some of the rookie mistakes on the part of the prosecution (and luck on the part of the defense), Simpson could have gone to prison for murdering his ex-wife and her friend.
If the prosecution had properly vetted Fuhrman and didn’t have his racism sprung on them and Clark didn’t decide to make such a big deal about Simpson trying on the glove in front of the jury (which she certainly could have done outside of the presence of the jury) as this failed the “don’t ask a question you don’t know the answer to” rule miserably, things would have been different.
This is not to say Cochran and his team didn’t do a good job, it’s just that this case should have been a slam dunk for the prosecution and I think they got cocky about it.
Wesley Snipes also really wasn’t helped out by with stellar defense team in 2008 when he was tried for tax evasion. A lot of people in the legal world thought that the court made an example out of him even though he had very good and very expensive attorneys.
He also had accountants that advised him he didn’t have to pay taxes on some of his money. Do I smell a follow up question of: “Do people who hire expensive accountants go to jail less for tax evasion? Why? “
Depending on the location, type of case, and the particular billing structure, the rates an attorney charges vary significantly. Attorneys may even charge different clients different amounts for similar legal matters. Some use sliding scales, while others have a set hourly rate.
But no matter what you do, find out how much your lawyer will cost up front.
The first question you should ask is what sort of billing structure your lawyer uses. Generally, a lawyer will bill hourly, on contingency, on retainer, or with a flat fee.
An hourly rate is simply the amount a lawyer charges you per hour. You may also be billed at a reduced rate for the work of paralegals and support staff.
Contingency means that the lawyer will take a percentage of winnings from a civil case. Only certain types of cases can be billed on a contingency basis.
If you give your lawyer a retainer, this means you’ve provided them a lump sum up front to work on your case. Further charges may be incurred as the legal matter continues.
A flat fee is just that: a flat fee. Your lawyer will tell you a certain amount of money up front and you will pay this for the entirety of the case. Matters dealt with in this way are often quite simple.
A lengthier explanation can be found here. You should also research unbundling services as a way to lower your overall cost.
Once you’ve figured out how your lawyer will bill, you should have a better idea how much your legal matter will run you. If it’s a flat fee, you’ll work it out up front. If it’s on contingency, you’ll pay nothing until you receive settlements or civil damages. If it’s a retainer, you should make sure to review your billing statements and ask questions if you don’t understand.
For hourly rates, ask your attorney up front how much they charge and how long they think your case will take. Keep in mind that the hourly rate should not change—and you should sign a contract memorializing the rate you’ve agreed to—but that estimates can change wildly. Every legal issue is different and the estimate is, after all, just an educated guess.
Hourly rates are the most common fee arrangement and, as such, they vary significantly. You can pay anywhere from $50 to thousands per hour. Smaller towns and cities generally cost less while heavily populated, urban areas are most expensive. The more complicated the case and the more experienced the attorney, the more you’ll pay.
Lawyer fees can range from $255 to $520 per hour. You can also consult the Laffey Matrix for attorney rates by years of experience. The Laffey Matrix is a widely accepted guide for determining typical lawyer rates that’s prepared by the Civil Division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia.
Remember: cheaper isn’t necessarily better. You should consider many factors when hiring an attorney. Do your research. Ask your friends and family. The right lawyer can make all the difference and there’s no reason to cut corners on an important legal issue.
Lawyers are too expensive to be affordable by most Americans. The result is that most people who need legal advice and representation don’t get it. This can have dire consequences with people losing their homes, getting less than adequate care and even having their lives put at risk.
A recent story on National Public Radio described the plight of political asylum applicants who are unrepresented by counsel. Most lose their cases and rather than going back to life-threatening situations, go underground, joining the masses of undocumented immigrants who fear their next traffic stop.
The lack of legal representation is also problematic for the court system which does what it can to assist people representing themselves, known as pro se. Court personnel can spend a lot of time trying to assist them, as do judges who often conduct long interviews from the bench attempting to determine the facts and legal issues involved in the claims and counter-claims. (This also adds to legal costs for others while their lawyers wait for their turn before the judge.)
So, why are lawyers so expensive and what can be done to make the cost of legal representation more reasonable? Here are some reasons lawyers are so expensive:
- Limited competition. Due to licensing requirements, the number of lawyers is somewhat restricted, though this has changed as law schools have expanded significantly in recent years. In 1964, there were 22,753 first-year law school students. This increased to 40,717 in 1979, to 44,298 in 1994 and peaked at 52,488 in 2010. It has since dropped back to 44,518 in 2012 and 37,107 in 2016 in reaction to the oversupply of attorneys and the difficulties new graduates were having finding jobs during the recession. So, while the number of lawyers is far greater than in the past, to the extent the number is restricted, there’s less competition and lawyers can set higher fees.
- High cost of law school. Law school tuitions plus room and board cost more than $70,000 a year for private law schools and for out-of-state residents going to many public ones. The cost can be half this much for in-state students at some public universities. Entering the legal profession $200,000 in debt, not counting any undergraduate loans, many young law graduates are compelled to earn as much money as possible. Once on the track of seeking to earn a high income, it’s hard to leave it.
- Value of legal work. Legal representation can be vital to the welfare of individuals, companies, and non-profit organizations. They are willing to pay for the right representation because so much is at stake.
- Much of what lawyers do is time-consuming. Lawyers must sit with their clients, learn their situations and goals, and together work out an individualized plan that will help the client achieve those goals to the extent possible. Then they must help implement the plan, including drafting documents, explaining their terms to clients, revising them as necessary, and negotiating with other parties. Depending upon the client’s circumstances and goals, the plan may be more or less complex and the time involved greater or lesser. Litigation, especially, can swallow huge chunks of time with all-day depositions, discovery requests, and court appearances.
- Lawyers are often inefficient. In part because of the mom and pop nature of law firms, few have the wherewithal to develop efficient systems that bring down costs of doing business and the time involved in other businesses. Without national law firms investing in state-of-the-art computer systems, the delivery of legal services is likely to become more efficient relatively slowly.
How Can Legal Costs Be Reduced?
Of course, one way to lower legal costs is for attorneys to simply lower their fees. This won’t sit well with most attorneys. After all, would anyone else voluntarily agree to receive a lower income? So, here are a few ideas that could make a dent in the cost of legal services for those who can’t afford the going rates:
- Technology. While the legal profession is slow to adopt technological change for some of the reasons mentioned above, advancements are coming along. Most law offices are using technology within their offices to reduce costs and produce more consistent results for clients. This cost savings should help lower prices.
- Offshoring. Many large law firms are moving a lot of their functions overseas. Law school graduates in India doing paralegal work will be much less expensive than US paralegals or junior associates doing the same work. And given the time difference, they can get the work done while the lawyers in the United States are sleeping.
- Loan forgiveness. Some law schools help their graduates pay off their law school loans if they are working for non-profit organizations or legal services. This is only available to the richer law schools, but could be expanded.
- Increase legal services funding. Free or sliding scale legal services for people with lower income has always been in meager supply. It has also been under attack by those who oppose lawsuits aimed at creating systemic change rather than simply representing one individual at a time. Expanded legal services would help protect the legal rights of the poor and relieve the courts of having to assist pro se individuals who appear before them.
- Limited representation. Some lawyers are beginning to assist their clients with preparation of papers, but not representing them in court or before governmental agencies. This reduces the cost, but can also reduce the benefit of the legal assistance.
- Sliding scales. Some law firms have begun experimenting with charging differential fees based on the client’s income. A non-profit in Massachusetts, Justice Bridge, does this by offering office space and mentoring to new attorneys who provide services to lower-income clients. This provides the dual benefit of lower-cost legal representation for clients and training for newer attorneys. (I serve on the panel of mentors to Justice Bridge attorneys.)
- National law firms. As mentioned above, one of the barriers to more efficient, less expensive legal services is the absence of large law firms providing services to individuals and small companies rather than to large corporations and rich people. Two rules governing law firms are significant reasons for this absence. First, law firms may only be owned by lawyers. This means that they cannot get outside investors or raise money like other businesses, which deprives them of the resources necessary to invest in systems and personnel to drive efficiency. Second, lawyers, and thus law firms, are licensed by individual states which makes it difficult to have a national business. These rules have been relaxed in Great Britain, with the growth of consumer legal services there. They are beginning to be relaxed in the United States, which should lead to more, better, and less expensive consumer legal services.
- Online legal services. More legal services are being offered online. For the reasons that restrict the creation and growth of national law firms, LegalZoom and RocketLawyer, among other pioneers in this field, purport not to be providing legal services, just forms. They instead link their users to independent lawyers who have agreed to their fee structure. This should lead to expanded, less expensive, and better service over time.
The bad news is that quality legal services are still expensive and unavailable to the vast majority of US residents. The good news is that this can change. However, there’s no silver bullet. The legal profession should work to make all of the changes listed above to facilitate the availability of legal representation to all residents of the United States (as needed).