Full Representation, also known as traditional attorney representation is where the client pays a substantial retainer fee (typically between $2,500 and $10,000 for a new divorce) to hire a lawyer who handles every aspect of the case.
No two divorces are the same and not everyone can have an uncontested or collaborative divorce. High conflict circumstances, domestic violence and/or abuse, and spouses with personality disorders can complicate divorce. Likewise, if one spouse has retained an attorney who is pursuing litigation, having a full time attorney represent you throughout each step in the process may be most appropriate. With full representation, the attorney handles nearly every aspect of the case.
All communication about the case is handled through the lawyer, who must also keep the client apprised.
The lawyer controls the strategy, tone, and direction of the case.
The client retains final agreement or settlement approval authority.
The attorney will apply her standard hourly rate to all work done in connection with your case, including telephone calls, emails, document preparation, face time, video conferences, court hearings, travel to and from court hearings, and communications with opposing party, among many others.
The attorney will charge her time from the retainer funds as the case progresses.
When the original retainer deposit is exhausted, a second retainer will be required and such funds must remain available until the attorney withdraws or the case is completed.
What should I do?
If you are uncertain what kind of legal services are right for you, schedule a free 20 minute strategy session and ask for a personalized legal road map for your circumstances.