Attorney Fees & Costs
Johnson Márquez Legal Group: Denver Divorce Lawyers
Johnson Márquez Legal Group proudly serves clients throughout Colorado
including Denver, Colorado Springs. Our attorneys focus on cost-effective,
strategic legal protection of clients involved in family law cases. With
over 100 years of combined experience in family law cases, we’re
acutely aware that divorce may come at a high cost whether it is financial,
emotional, or both.
The lawyers at Johnson Márquez Legal Group do our best to help you
manage the attorney fees and costs in your case. It’s important
to layout for potential clients what they should expect and how they can
assist us in controlling the financial impact a family law case might
have. Colorado family law cases handled by Johnson Márquez Legal
- Domestic violence protection
The cost of a family law case is determined by many factors, the most important
of which is the degree of conflict. Often, a client’s ability to
control the degree of conflict in a divorce or custody dispute is limited,
but there are almost always strategies that can be used to conserve resources
and minimize conflict. Other common factors include poor strategic planning
and selecting an attorney based on factors not related to the end result.
At Johnson Márquez Legal Group, we provide our clients with a convenient,
"pay as you go" payment option to avoid excessive retainers
up front and allow clients to manage the cost of their case more directly.
You should carefully discuss all fee agreements with your attorney.
It's important to realize there's no such thing as an “average"
cost for a divorce; they’re all different, and all require different
levels of debate, litigation, and evidence presentation. It helps to find
effective and experienced legal protection, in the form of great lawyers
who handle divorces.
What are retainer fees?
Whether you schedule a free consultation with our office or any other,
potential clients should ask lawyers about their retainer fee. Simply
defined, a "retainer fee" is a sum of money paid in advance
in order to secure representation by a lawyer. A retainer is not a "flat
fee," nor will the amount of the retainer likely cover the attorney
fees and expense for an entire case. Rather, keeping a lawyer on retainer
serves as a deposit to ensure that a lawyer can represent you throughout
the entire case.
Johnson Márquez Legal Group offers a "sustainable retainer"
system, where our clients post a lower retainer than most of our competitors.
Our clients pay their fees and expenses as they’re incurred. Twice
a month, our billing department collects the fees and costs incurred on
Every divorce and family law dispute includes issues that directly affect
the costs of legal representation and courtroom strategies. Since conflict
is the most impactful of the cost factors, even the greatest divorce attorneys
cannot predict what a case may cost since disagreements may develop at
any point, including in the courtroom.
In some divorce cases, a party may be opposed to separation, or may be
emotionally paralyzed by the separation. It's common for complications
in a case to arise over subjects such as custody, dividing of funds, and
legal action including criminal charges such as abuse or drug and alcohol
violations. Similarly, the speed of courtroom procedures can be reliant
on which judge you are assigned and the complexity of the issues in your
case. Any complication resulting in extra courtroom procedures will usually
result in fees to go along with them.
With all of these factors considered,
contact Johnson Márquez Legal Group today for your
free consultation. During this consultation we will assess the level of conflict and uniqueness
of your situation, along with a strategic approach, and review what potential
costs you may encounter during your family law case.