How can I make my time with my attorney cost effective?


Attorney’s fees in most divorce cases are handled on an hourly basis. You can save money by saving your legal counsel time. A few ways you can make your divorce more cost effective include:

Begin with the best. Changing attorneys is costly, do your homework ahead of time and start with legal counsel who will meet your needs.

Be prepared and organized for your meetings. Make extra copies of any needed documents, keep them organized and properly labeled.

Communicate effectively. Consolidate your questions and information into one e-mail or phone call.

Inform yourself. Take the time on your own to learn about divorce in Virginia. While this should never be used as a substitute for the advice of experienced counsel, this education empowers you and can help frame your discussions with your attorney.

Take advantage of your attorney’s support team. When appropriate, use the paralegal assigned to your case.