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Flexible Holidays

Thanksgiving has come and gone, and I would like to share my perspective.

I was in a trial on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, and when I got out of trial, there must have been ten messages from various clients all to the same end: "Where is my child going to spend Thanksgiving?"

At the risk of sounding pompous, I would like to point out that a day is, after all, just a day. Oh, I know, that's easy for me to say -- it's well known that my son's father has never seen him, and I get to have him on every holiday there is and a few we just make up!

Having said that, I also know that every day is a day on which I give thanks that my son and I have this world together.

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You need an attorney because the legal process is complicated and the law is a constantly evolving thing. Only with an experienced family law practitioner are you protected during litigation. Lawyers know the rules of courts, the relevant statutes, the body of law interpreting those rules and statutes, and what has been done in other cases similar to yours.

The Corley Law Firm - Family LawCan’t I use those forms the court provides?
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This depends upon the type of case, the county where it is filed, the complexity of the issues, and what the other side does. When a person hires me, I assess many things about their case, including my thoughts about how long the case is likely to take. Along the way, if it looks as though it is going to take longer, I talk to my client about the reasons for the delay, and work with my clients to help protect their interests while the case is pending.

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I use, as much as I can, a "value billing" system. This means that each increment of work costs a certain amount, which you pay to have me do that increment of work. My fees are all listed in my contract. I tell you, as closely as I can, what I will have to do for you, and what I recommend that I do for you. You choose what work I do, and you pay for the work that you choose.

What about "hourly billing" and "costs"?
I do not bill by the hour in most cases. When I determine that hourly billing is the only reasonable way to bill, I set the hourly rate according to my view of the complexity of the case, ranging from $175.00 - $250.00 per hour. Also, the client pays all costs for outside vendors. I do not charge for routine, in-house costs such as routine copying, postage, or long-distance. I do charge for extraordinary in-house costs such as preparing trial exhibits or lengthy briefs.

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I do not give legal advice to people who have not yet hired me, but I will outline my general thoughts about the law or procedure applicable to your case, and try to give you enough information about me and my services to allow you to make a good choice as to whether I am the right attorney for you.

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