What is reasonable retainer fee and/or flat fee?

Asked over 5 years ago - North Hollywood, CA

Divorce Situation: No kids, no real property, no savings or retirement accounts. No stocks or other equities, Only issues are bills (About 80K), Health Insurance (which I have already researched) and division of personal property. What amount can I be expect to be charged for an attorney's service? Husband is abusive and uncooperative so this cannot be done without counsel unfortunately.

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  1. Stephanie Farr White

    Contributor Level 14

    Answered . I have no familiarity with other attorney's flat fee rates (many won't do flat fees at all with family law). Given the situation as you described -- no kids, no property, only debt -- as an example I have taken similar cases for $3,500 flat fee or $250/hr. I know other attorneys who bill upwards of $450 an hour, so "reasonable" is fairly subjective.

    Stephanie White
    Simi Valley, CA

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  2. Jonathan H Levy

    Contributor Level 20

    Answered . Normally, should be no more than $2500-$3000 but in LA hold on to your purse. Try and get a reasonable flat fee, the hourly on something like this could eat up your bank account. Also try to find an attorney who is willing to seek attorney fees aggressively from the uncooperative spouse.

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