FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
HOW MUCH WILL MY DIVORCE COST?
Determining the exact cost of a dissolution action is not realistically possible. A number of factors must be considered in order to determine even an estimated range of cost including attorney fees and court cost. Most dissolution actions involve services for drafting all initial pleadings, gathering information and documentation related to the parties' assets, debts, income, expenses for children and then drafting all settlement documentation, attending mediation and potentially participating in a contested final hearing.
HOW LONG WILL MY DIVORCE TAKE?
After the initial filing of a petition for dissolution of marriage, a court cannot grant the divorce for 60 days.
CAN WE SETTLE WITHOUT GOING TO COURT
Absolutely. Smith Legal has a track record of resolving over 90% of its cases without court intervention.
DO I REALLY NEED A LAWYER?
Absolutely! Any individual or business facing a legal issue should, in good judgement, retain counsel. Even seemingly "simple" disputes include a number of pitfalls and complications that are ignored, overlooked or unknown to unrepresented parties.
WHY HIRE SMITH LEGAL?
Scott Smith of Smith Legal LLC is not only a highly-experienced litigator and mediator in a variety of complex cases, he is practical, candid and compassionate. Scott believes amicable resolution through settlement / mediation is usually the best route for any matter.
WHAT IS MEDIATION?
Mediation is an alternative dispute resolution process in which parties negociate amicable resolution of their disputes. A mediator that oversees mediation is typically agreed upon by the parties to serve as a neutral facilitator between the parties.
HOW DO I PAY YOU?
After confirming representation by signing a written agreement, Smith Legal provides services only on a pay-as-you go system. Advanced payments are placed in a trust account. Advanced payments are refundable to the extent the funds are not used for services rendered.
DO YOU TAKE CREDIT CARDS?
Yes, Smith Legal accepts all major credit cards.