Unless you know someone who has gone through divorce who has talked about how much money they have spent on their divorce, you won’t believe me. But I am just going to come out and say it. The average cost of divorce is $30,000. That is $30,000 per person. Go ahead, do your own research and Google it… When you’re done with this book that is.
The thing is, it does not matter if it is $30,000, $20,000, or $50,000, it is just a lot of money. I am not trying to argue my point for the $30,000 either, I just want to make sure I caught your attention at how much a divorce can cost. Now, you may be saying, “We’ll, that is for highly contested cases that go to court”.
Some might be, but usually those types of cases go upwards of $60,000 to $100,000. I know you don’t believe me. It’s okay. Let’s just agree that divorce can be expensive. I can live with that and we can still be friends.
In this chapter I am going to explain to you why using an attorney for your divorce can be so expensive. I am going to discuss ways of saving money (in the event you do actually need an attorney) and how attorneys bill you. I am going to walk you through the process of calling an attorney, going to the consultation and reviewing the attorney retainer agreement.
What I am about to share with you is one of the most widely misunderstood issues of hiring an attorney. And this is the topic of how attorney retainers work.
Now, we are talking about divorce attorney retainers here as that is where my experience has been first hand. I am going to share with you how people quickly get in over their heads, spend way more money than they wanted or knew was being spent and how all that happens. Essentially, I am going to pull back the curtain on how the process of working with attorneys works.
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