I have a client in Dallas, Texas that is looking for a divorce attorney and I told them, I would help them source someone to speak to from this site. I am going to be very specific and please only respond if this is something you're interested in. Please refrain from any generic unhelpful answers. I would like to directly connect the client to someone who is willing to take it from the below:
1) The couple currently lives in Dallas, Texas and have been married for 3 years.
2) They currently own a home and a business, but no other marital assets.
3) They each have children, but do not have children together.
Representing 1 spouse in an uncontested divorce - $2,000 flat fee (50% to retain and the other 50% at the end).
Representing 1 spouse in a contested divorce - $4000 flat fee (50% to retain and the other 50% at the end).
One spouse is willing to discuss one attorney representing both of them, but one spouse would like to have their own attorney at the above flat fee.
In advance, thank you for your answers and if it's better, feel free to email me directly.
Here's some specific, helpful advice: don't ever go the route of trying to hire one lawyer for both parties when one party is reluctant. Also, it'd have to be a hungry lawyer who would take a case based on what you've provided--a couple owns a home and a business. But what if that business is a financially sophisticated one where forensic accounting will be needed? And what is the likelihood you've provided sufficient and relevant info--for ex, there is likely at least one retirement fund. Those can get complex when, as this couple has, the couple have had prior relationships and therefore likely have separate property interests. Good luck in finding what you're looking for.
Flat fee in my opinion on any family law matter is a bad idea especially on a contested case. It is unethical to represent for a divorce attorney to represent both parties in a divorce.
You may be able to find a really green attorney fresh out of law school who might take you up on that plan. There is a reason that most family law attorneys charge an hourly rate and require a large retainer down.
Your client should likely be doing their own search to find an attorney who best meets their needs. It is possible for one attorney to do all of the paperwork, but it would be a conflict of interest to represent both parties, as their interests are inherently competing. Lawyers vary in rates from $100 to $1200 per hour -- the latter typically also having many partners, associates and paralegals involved with the case. Not many do work like this on a flat or fixed fee. Best of luck to your client.
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