Rates and Fees

      Many attorneys are unwilling to discuss legal fees. However, at the Law Office of John C. Huff we understand how important it is to get an idea of how much things cost when you are considering legal action. Our firm focuses primarily on divorce and family law, we have developed a list of issues that will give us a rough estimate of how much a case might cost to represent.

What is a retainer?
Our firm requires an upfront retainer that must be paid in full to begin a case. A retainer is an advance payment for attorney fees and expenses that will occur during the case. The retainer will be put into a trust account and the attorney will take his fees out the clients trust account after earning them. If there is money left in the trust account after the case is finalized the client will be returned the remainder. If the retainer is used up before the case is finalized the attorney will require more funds to be put into the trust account.

How much does the average divorce cost?
Most divorces can be started with an initial retainer of $1,000 to $2,000, the exact amount is determined by the very personal issues of your case. At $150 per hour, our firm has extremely competitive rates. Even with this pricing our clients get much more persoanlized attention to their case than at a high priced law firm.

What forms of payment are accepted?
We accept cash, checks, money orders, credit cards such as VISA, Master Card, and Discover. There is a slight fee for use of credit cards that depends on the amount of the payment, ranging from $25 to $50.

How much will it cost to collect past due child support?
Our firm understands that it is extremely difficult for a parent to hire an attorney when they are trying to raise a child without properly receiving the needed financial support. That is why we will not charge an upfront retainer for helping a client collect past due child support. Instead we will take a small percentage of the child support after collecting from the other parent

What causes a divorce to become more expensive?
The more complex and time consuming a divorce is the more expensive it will be. Some things that make a divorce more complicated are: drawn out custody battles, family violence, protective orders, division of marital estates, personal property and retirement accounts and an unwillingness to abide by court rules and state law.

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