Your attorney’s legal fees will depend upon how much time must be spent on your case. At the outset, it is impossible to estimate how much your fees will be at the conclusion of your case. Our fees are based upon the ethical code lawyers in Michigan are bound to observe. How much your divorce will cost will depend on a number of factors, including the following:
1. the amount and nature of the services rendered,
2. the time, labor and difficulty involved,
3. the character and importance of the litigation,
4. the amount of assets and value of the estate affected,
5. and the requisite professional skill and expertise exercised by your attorney as well as novelty and difficulty of the questions involved and the results obtained.
An hourly rate will be quoted to you, currently as of January 1, 2020, it is $345 per hour for Robert Stelmock, $245 per hour for associate attorneys, $2,900 retainer for divorce matters and $1,500 minimum retainer for other matters (forms of acceptable payment are Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, Discover, Personal Check, Money Order or Cash), which may be helpful in estimating how much this will cost.
In addition to fees, you will also be responsible for filing fees, service fees for process servers, appraisals, expert witness fees and etc. You will be charged for conferences, emails and correspondence, telephone calls, office and research work, court time, filing, and hearings. Sometimes a judge will order your spouse to contribute toward your attorney fees. If this occurs, you will be given credit on the amount your spouse pays. A lawyer cannot base fees on a contingent fee contract in a divorce case.