Quoted Price Includes up to 70 Days of Litigation
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Agree on the terms of your divorce at the start of your marriage, to avoid disputes later on.
Both spouses just want a divorce decree and have no disputes.
Both spouses are willing to cooperate in out-of-court negotiations.
You or your spouse refuse to cooperate in out-of-court negotiations.
There are no disputes. Both spouses just want a divorce decree.
This is the easiest way to get a divorce decree, but it is not allowed in all counties and circumstances. If you are unsure whether you will be allowed to do a divorce by clerk, please feel free to select this option for now.
An in-person hearing before a judge involves hours of additional paperwork, commute, and waiting for the judge to get to your case. However, it is required if there is even the smallest complication in your divorce. Additionally, some counties (e.g. Durham) require it. Typically, neither spouse is required to personally attend the hearing.
A separation agreement resolving the terms of your divorce can avoid disputes later on, avoid losing legal claims once a decree is issued, or prevent your divorce filing from prompting expensive litigation with your spouse.
Both spouses are willing to cooperate in negotiations
Both spouses want a quick, informal negotiation based on a rough approximation of the financials of the spouses. Ideal in low-conflict cases.
There are substantial disputes/conflicts, but both spouses are willing to opt-into voluntary, structured negotiations.
Please check each item that is relevant for either spouse
This estimate includes a draft prenup, up to four rounds of revision, and up to five meetings with you and/or your future spouse to discuss the terms and formalities of the agreement.
Divorce Decree by Clerk Service
This estimate includes preparing your divorce filings, service of process by certified mail, and a motion for default judgment, in order to secure a divorce decree from a court clerk. Routine expenses, such as the court's fees ($225), service of process expenses, and other minor costs are included. However, anything that makes your divorce more complicated or not qualify for a divorce by clerk may result in additional fees.
Divorce Decree by Judge Service
This estimate includes preparing your divorce filings, service of process by certified mail, and securing/attending a court hearing before a judge, in order to secure a divorce decree from the court. Routine expenses, such as the court's fees ($225), service of process expenses, and other minor costs are included. However, anything that makes your divorce more complicated may result in additional fees.
This estimate includes advice on the fairness of the terms of your oral agreement with your spouse, a draft separation agreement, up to four rounds of revision, and up to five meetings with you and/or your soon-to-be ex-spouse to discuss the terms and formalities of the agreement. Any filing fees or other minor expenses are included. The advice on the fairness of terms is based exclusively on information you provide.
This service includes an accounting estimating fair divorce terms and support for up to five rounds of offers/counter-offers in informal negotiation. Additionally, if negotiations are successful, a separation agreement, quit claim deed(s), or other paperwork as relevant is included in the price. However, this service only includes informal negotiations based on rough approximations made by the spouses. It does not include reviewing evidence or securing a divorce decree.
This service includes a fairly expansive set of services to support negotiating your divorce in a formal, structured way, such as through mediation or collaborative divorce processes (depending on how you completed the form). This includes reviewing evidence, asking your spouse for documentation, performing an accounting, being involved in the negotiations, and working with a mediator if one is used. Additionally, if negotiations are successful, a separation agreement, quit claim deed(s), or other paperwork as relevant is included in the price. However, it does not include any litigation or securing a divorce decree.
This service includes any/all services that are ordinarily performed by a lawyer or paralegal for 70 days. For example, it includes filing a lawsuit, paying court fees, scheduling hearings, starting discovery, reviewing evidence, and out-of-court negotiations.
Payment of the estimated amount is due up-front, before work can begin.
You can pay the full estimated amount now, or pay only half now if you provide a credit report showing a score of 600+. Additional options are available to home-makers.
This fee is an estimate based on the information you provided. Your actual bill will be the same as this estimate only if the facts of your divorce and services provided are consistent with this form. Please review the contract below before signing.
1. Binding Agreement
By signing below you acknowledge that every statement you or this Legal Fees Wizard made on this form is part of a legally binding agreement between you and King @ Law regarding scope, price, and other terms for legal services.
2. This Estimate
THIS TOOL PROVIDES AN ESTIMATE BASED ON THE INFORMATION YOU PROVIDED. HOWEVER, YOUR ACTUAL BILL MAY VARY IF THE SERVICES PROVIDED OR THE FACTS OF YOUR DIVORCE DIFFER FROM THIS FORM.
* You may get an estimate for a divorce by clerk, but a hearing before a judge may become necessary
* You may believe alimony is not in dispute, then your spouse may raise the issue later on
* You may purchase out-of-court negotiation services, but end up needing litigation
Nobody can predict with certainty how your divorce will play out or what legal services you may need. However, King @ Law will provide reasonable communications regarding any circumstances that may substantially change your bill from this estimate. Whenever practical, you will be given an opportunity to discontinue services instead of paying a larger bill. Additionally, your actual bill will always be calculated using this tool, unless you and Mr. King agree otherwise in writing, or it is impractical to do so.
IN ANY CASE, YOUR FINAL BILL WILL BE BASED ON THE ACTUAL FACTS/SERVICES IN YOUR DIVORCE, EVEN IF THEY DIFFER FROM WHAT YOU ENTERED INTO THE LEGAL FEES WIZARD.
If additional services are provided beyond what you paid for and cannot be practically calculated using this tool, the addition to your bill from those services will be based on any written agreements between you and Mr. King, or an hourly rate of $200 per-hour. There will be no refund for only using part of the scope of services provided in a flat-fee estimate, as that possibility is already factored into the price. For any services that require your spouse's cooperation, you are responsible for finding out if your spouse will cooperate before purchasing.
Your estimate includes covering routine, operational expenses many law firms charge separately for. For example, King @ Law will never bill you for court fees, printing costs, service of process expenses, postal fees, filing fees with the Register of Deeds, or any other similar expenses. However, you will be responsible for any other professional services, such as accountants, expert witnesses, mediators, or arbitrators.
4. Other Terms
This agreement is subject to a check for any conflicts of interest and King @ Law's approval. In the event King @ Law identifies a conflict of interest or declines your business within 10 days, any payment you made will be refunded. If you and King @ Law signed a separate, custom contract, that contract will take precedence over this one only for any terms that conflict. You agree that once six months have passed from the end of King @ Law's representation, the firm can destroy any records or documents in its possession related to your representation.
You agree to cooperate fully with King @ Law in every way, including routine phone meetings, complete disclosures of financial documents, honest responses to discovery requests, participating in depositions, attending court hearings, and/or providing extensive evidence. You understand that many divorces require as much time and effort from the spouse as a second part-time job.