Even when wealthy people get divorced, one of the primary concerns is how to save money. It does nott matter who you are – decreasing the costs of litigation is probably a priority. My clients are primarily professionals — doctors, business owners, middle class and above, but they all want the most bang for their buck.
One step in the right direction is using an attorney who effectively leverages technology.
Most of my communication with my clients and opposing counsel is through email. It’s immediate and inexpensive. In addition to charging you for the time it takes to draft a formal letter, most attorneys charge you for the cost of an assistant or paralegal printing out a letter on letterhead, making photocopies, mailing it to you and postage. This is completely antiquated. By doing as much correspondence as I can via email I can save myself time and save you money.
I use secure online storage so my clients can have easy access to their documents. In addition, I typically email a copy of filings and orders to the client, as well as any documents that I receive from opposing counsel. Once again, you save money because you do not have to pay for photocopies, postage, or the cost of a paralegal performing administrative tasks.
Communicate Only When Necessary
One of the biggest wastes of time and money is creating unnecessary communication. Divorce and child custody disputes can be very stressful, but you should be careful not to use your lawyer as a therapist. First of all, lawyers do not tend to be good therapists. We are used to being solution oriented, and you will find it just as stressful trying to use an attorney as a therapist as you would using a therapist as an attorney.
You will also want to be careful not to flood an attorney with unnecessary communication about the facts of a case. In divorce and child custody cases, some facts are relevant to the proceeding, and some facts are not. Your lawyer should help you understand what facts are relevant. If you flood an attorney with too many irrelevant facts, you are likely to waste money and to distract from the more meaningful facts.
Organize Your Evidence
As an Illinois divorce lawyer, one of the most time-consuming aspects of my job is to organize my clients’ testimony and evidence. Here are a few tips you can use to keep your communication organized:
Use email efficiently: Don’t send 10 emails a day, unless there is an emergency. It is much better to have one email with clearly delineated topics. Using bullet-points can help keep your emails organized.
Label evidence effectively. I normally coach my clients how to keep their evidence organized. When clients send me their evidence in an organized fashion, that’s less time I have to spend organizing the client’s evidence, which saves the client’s money. If you drop off a box of unorganized documents, you have to pay me to sort through them. If you have everything neatly organized, I can immediately start to analyze the documents rather than sorting through them.
Finding an Illinois family law attorney
As an experience divorce attorney I can help you weigh your options if you are the obligated spouse or the recipient. If you are ready to get started exploring your options, you can call me now at 708-466-6912 or contact me online. I often meet clients in the evening and on weekends, and all clients get my personal mobile phone number. Legal problems don’t take weekends off and neither do I.
I represent clients in Chicago, and elsewhere in Illinois including the counties of Cook, Lake, DuPage, Will, Kane, Kendall, and McHenry. I represent clients in uncontested and contested divorces, and other family law matters.