Chadwick M. Layton, Esq.[i]
Harvey Waddell & Layton, P.A.
Why Flat Fees Work in Divorce
Contrary to the movies, most people facing divorce are not highly emotional nor are they irrational. They are generally not happy about the situation that they find themselves in but that does not cause them to lose their common sense.
The rational spouse that we often guide through the divorce process is a person that seeks to resolve the issues of their marriage in a reasonable and professional way. This is the ideal client for our law firm. They have worked hard to build a good life. In many cases they have a nice home, retirement assets, vehicles, a nest egg and business interests.
They have no interest in wasting what they have worked many years to build on a litigated divorce that benefits nobody but the lawyers.
The marriage is over and a divorce is now necessary. A fair distribution of the assets must be performed to allow both spouses to move forward separately in life with financial security.
A professional is needed to guide the client through the divorce and reach the final marital settlement agreement. Mistakes are avoided. Delays are avoided. The job is done the right way.
This is why our ideal client needs an experienced divorce attorney. The ideal client also needs an attorney that is upfront and honest about the steps required to obtain a divorce, how long it will take, what reasonable settlement terms look like and what the cost will be for the services of the divorce attorney.
This list of client expectations has driven our firm to offer a flat fee structure for divorce. The flat fee structure is exactly what it sounds like, a written employment agreement providing a flat fee to be charged for the divorce.
The alternative to the flat fee divorce is an hourly rate charged by the lawyer. The client pays a retainer upfront, which is another word for deposit, and the divorce begins. The total cost of the divorce is unknown to the client. The anxiety level of the client is high. He or she does not know what the cost of the divorce will be. This is not the type of employment relationship that our ideal client is seeking.
We have a proven track record of guiding successful individuals and small business owners through the divorce process.
The law firm you choose in divorce should match your needs.
[i] Chadwick M. Layton is a partner and shareholder at Harvey Waddell & Layton, P.A., located in downtown Lake Worth.
Mr. Layton is also a member of the Florida Bar Family Law Section and the Susan Greenberg Family Law American Inn of Court of the Palm Beaches,
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