The fees quoted above are intended for those clients who present with cases containing no unresolved issues. Please understand that the term “uncontested” is a term of art. It is the entire case that must be uncontested, not simply that both parties agree, for example, to be divorced. If your case requires more attorney time than a truly uncontested case would require, you will be billed appropriately. Your attorney will talk with you face-to-face, and frankly, about what your case likely will cost. There should never be any ‘billing surprises’ from our office.
The fees and costs quoted above are for routine cases of the type described. These fees are the total fees we actually charge in our office for the service listed. There are no intentionally “hidden” fees or costs that you will be surprised with when you come into the office. (For example, notary public or “court reporter” charges for ‘no-fault’ divorce depositions taken in our office are not “extra.”) Further there are no ‘coupons’ or other gimmicks (e.g., “$100 off”) to confuse you as to what our fees actually are.
We do not claim that we have the “cheapest” fees around (although we probably do in many areas). If you are “shopping around,” ask the attorney (or staff person) who is quoting you a lower fee about any additional charges that will be required to complete the case, or if more money will be due after the case is filed. Be wary of a quote that seems too low. Some offices have been known to quote a very low attorney’s fee, but when you actually discuss the fees face to face, the attorney tacks on “administrative” and “document preparation” or “rush” fees which you reasonably assumed were included in the telephone-quoted fees. Other attorneys quote fees so low that they simply cannot remain in business. We have been in business for over 25 years charging competitive, but reasonable, fees. We intend to remain in business for at least 25 more.
If all you need is the service described above, the amount shown above is all that you will pay. If we quote you a different fee, challenge us. If we have misled you, we will apologize, thank you for correcting us and happily perform the service for you at the fee stated above.
ADDITIONAL CAVEATS: Fees quoted presume that all parties live locally (i.e., on the Lower or Middle Peninsulas of Virginia), that we are provided an accurate address (for service of process) of the other party to the action (or that service of process is waived), and that one of the geographically local courts is the proper (and statutorily preferred) venue for the action. The fees quoted above may, nevertheless, be applicable to those living elsewhere, but that will have to be determined on a case by case basis.