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Legal Services - Affordability Not Just a Dream Any More

Four years ago, I had a dream.  I dreamed that Michael and our team at The Manely Firm, PC could expand access to justice for all through affordability. Then in law school, I dreamed that we could hire and train newly-minted attorneys seeking work to offer affordable legal services to the many who would otherwise go unrepresented and therefore, go without access to justice.

Affordability - Controlling Your Costs, Part I

Let's talk about affordability, how to take control of the costs on your case. Even when the opposing party or counsel want to make trouble and increase your costs, there are steps you can take to help keep your costs down and avoid some of that trouble.

But it was just a divorce!

As our nation comes further out of the recession, I'm watching the discussion of affordability in divorce drop farther and farther into the background, away from polite conversation.  But now that money may be somewhat more available for working families, this issue must remain front and center in our considerations or else cost consciousness will have been no more than a marketing strategy and affordability just a sales pitch.

Let's Get Real

Tonight I'm going to write about billable hourly rates.  This is the real world business of family law and it's impact on you couldn't be greater.

Affordability

Lately there has been a strong trend against affordability in family law.  In other words, there has been a strong trend toward increasing costs.  A tried and true way to increase costs in family law is to deny the obvious.  Let me give you a few examples:

High Praise

We are conducting our year end analysis of all things that can be analyzed. It is how we constantly improve our efficient delivery of affordable legal services, at least as much as one can when, on occassion, a well paid adversary is using his best efforts to muck up your efficiency and thwart your affordability.