Tampa Low Cost/Flat Fee Unbundled Services
When rich celebrity couples divorce, the property division, family support, and other disputes often take many months to resolve. But most people who need family law services in Tampa are not rich celebrities. In fact, many of these families have few issues to resolve and may just need help here or there to expedite the case. The Florida Bar Association recently allowed attorneys to provide unbundled services for situations just like these.
At The Pawlowski//Mastrilli Law Group, we go a step further. In addition to unbundled or a la carte legal services, we also apply a sliding scale in many cases. If the divorce or other matter is truly “uncontested,” which means there are no disputes whatsoever, we often adjust our fees accordingly. These moves are consistent with our core values. We do not practice family law primarily to make money. Our Tampa low cost/flat fee unbundled services lawyers mostly want to help people like you.
What Are Unbundled Legal Services?
Until very recently, Florida divorce lawyers were a lot like cable TV providers. You might only want the sports and movie channels. But to get them, you must also subscribe to the news channels, home shopping channels, and every other channel in the lineup.
Similarly, if you retained a divorce attorney in Florida, that attorney was responsible for the entire case. Therefore, attorneys had to charge accordingly.
This policy made sense. But it also left a very large gap between highly-complex cases and incredibly simple absentee spouse cases. Now, The Pawlowski//Mastrilli Law Group attorneys may break down their services into items like:
- Drafting pleadings,
- Representing you at mediation,
- Informally negotiating with the other side,
- Researching legal issues,
- Handling discovery requests or responses,
- Reviewing documents,
- Preparing you for the final hearing, and/or
- Appearing with you at the final hearing.
If you only need help in a few of these areas, unbundled representation could save you hundreds of dollars or even more. Plus, you’ll have additional peace of mind and be free to pursue other activities in your free time.
The aforementioned absentee spouse case is a good example. Some divorces involve no children and little or no property. Plus, the other spouse might have abandoned the relationship. Usually, proper service is the only issue in these cases. Once that technicality is out of the way, the remainder of the proceeding is little more than filing forms.
On a related note, if the other spouse cannot be located, some judges allow service via Facebook or other online sources. If available, such shortcuts can save you even more time and money.
In both low-cost and standard divorces, we usually charge predictable flat fees. After so many years of experience, we can estimate the amount of time it takes to perform certain services. Flat fees are much more predictable, and carry much less risk for clients, than hourly fees.
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Our level of commitment to a case is never related to the size of the legal fee. For a free consultation with an experienced family law attorney in Tampa, contact The Pawlowski//Mastrilli Law Group. Convenient payment plans are available.