Do You Charge for the Initial Office Visit?
Yes, but… so do most other divorce lawyers with extensive experience and seasoning. This is the norm.
We know that some general practice lawyers – those that do not handle divorce matters exclusively – may offer free 30-minute initial office visits, and we recognize how attractive this must seem. However, and in good conscience, we do not think this fair to you.
We cannot cover your situation, your needs, your family’s needs, your financial future, your feelings, your obligations, your entitlement, and answer all of your questions in just 30 minutes.
There is too much to discuss in such a short time. We will not lure you into the office and tease you by explaining only part of what you came to find out, nor will we speed through or gloss over things just so we can finish in thirty minutes. You have too much at stake and you certainly deserve better.
Also, when all is said and done, free consultations may not be all that “free.” If the attorney plans to process your case traditionally through the court system, he or she stands to make a much larger overall fee than a lawyer that favors the non-court, or settlement approach.
We think that going to court should be your last resort and we make every attempt to settle your case in its early stages. Consequently, our total fees are generally less than the lawyers who routinely go straight to court.
Our Learn Your Rights – No Pressure – Peace of Mind initial office consultations generally last 60 to 90 minutes and cover everything from A to Z. Our fee is a flat $190.00, and this will be applied toward your overall fee should you choose to retain us.
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Richard and Kari are staunch advocates of the non-court approach to divorce, and are also active and seasoned litigators with over 60 years of combined trial experience in the Illinois divorce courts of Cook, DuPage, and Will counties.