Whether or not you need a Texas lawyer depends on the complexity of your family law case and whether it's opposed. If you can agree, there are hundreds of websites offering thousands of forms. Some are written by lawyers, some by uneducated buffoons; some are thorough and detailed, some are just cheap. Knowing which to buy can be a quandary. How to find good legal forms? Buy a set written by lawyers and then hire a lawyer to review your work. (We recommend www.uslegalforms.com for thorough legal forms).
Many legal problems can be worked out using common sense, but sometimes logical and thoughtful problem solving still runs afoul of archaic legal requirements. As a result, it's best to hire a lawyer to review your forms, think through the problems that are likely to arise, and come up with a plan for a successful resolution. And all that can be done on a "pay for what you use" basis.
What if I can only afford to pay a lawyer for just a part of my family law case in Texas?
Many state bar associations (the groups who regulate lawyers) now permit "unbundled" legal services -- in other words, hiring a lawyer for just a part of a legal job. That means the lawyers earn less than if they did every bit of the work presented, but the consumer doesn't pay the entire fee. The flip side of this, however, is that the consumer who prepares his own paperwork can only blame himself if something goes wrong with it. Lawyers willing to work on an "unbundled" basis recognize that the cost of complete legal services may be more than some consumers can afford and they are willing to help people get through their concerns on a cost-effective basis. Many lawyers resist this concept, feeling that legal expertise is critical for all matters. But attorneys who understand the reality of our current economy are far more willing to create litigation plans, educate, coach and guide people through their worries, as long as clients understand the limitations to this level of help.
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