I help clients achieve their goals in divorce quickly and efficiently. Specifically, I represent clients in dissolution of marriage, legal separation, child custody, and domestic violence cases. I am known for my affordable fees, compassionate approach, and efficient resolution of cases.
I understand that divorce and litigation in family court can be costly. To help clients understand their legal options I offer an affordable $200 one-hour consultation. After the consultation, if a client wishes to hire me I credit that $200 to their retainer fee. Once hired, I continue to deliver cost-effective representation with my $250 hourly rate which is quite low compared to many Roseville divorce attorneys with similar experience. In brief, my reasonable fees have helped many clients afford legal representation from the initial petition to the final order.
Family law is an emotionally charged practice area. Whether a client is filing for divorce, custody, or involved in a domestic violence case, I take a compassionate approach to legal representation. I can take the time to listen to your concerns and provide sound legal advice until you understand your options. At all times the attorney-client relationship should be cooperative; never adversarial.
Many divorce attorneys are happy to let cases drag on without results. The more hearings, paperwork, and conversations, the more these attorneys can charge their clients. In contrast, I take a different approach. Instead of profiting from endless litigation, I believe in navigating clients toward realistic outcomes.
While I seek cost-effective outcomes for my clients, not all parties or attorneys are reasonable, and many set frivolous hearings or threaten trials they will not actually litigate. In turn, when litigation becomes necessary I will aggressively pursue my client’s case in court.
$200 One-Hour Consultation
If you are considering divorce or facing litigation in family court you probably have some questions. To help clients get a better understanding of their case I offer a $200 one-hour consultation at my office. In addition, clients who retain my services within 1 week of their consultation will receive a $200 credit to their retainer or flat fee. To schedule your consultation call (916) 270-6880 Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 5:30 PM.
How Much Will My Divorce Cost?
If you’re looking for a divorce and family law attorney you probably want to know how much an attorney will cost, what is the total cost in the end, and whether there are any additional fees? To help you get a better understanding of my reasonable fees and the related costs of divorce I’ve broken down the typical expenses below.
Divorce is a time-intensive process for an attorney. Accordingly, attorney fees are by far the largest expense in divorce. Most attorneys charge by the hour and bill their clients every month. However, some family law attorneys charge a flat fee for a specific service like attending a hearing or representing the client in a domestic violence restraining order.
After hiring a family law attorney clients are usually asked to pay an initial deposit called a “retainer.” The attorney collects this money and deposits the funds in a client trust account. As the attorney works on the case and invoices according to their hourly rate, the invoice is paid from the initial retainer. For example, if you pay a cheap divorce attorney a $3,500 retainer and the attorney spends 14 hours working on your case at $250 per hour, thereby invoicing $3,500 for the month, the attorney will pay themself $3,500 from the $3,500 retainer balance. Since the balance of the retainer would be zero, the attorney will ask the client to “replenish” the retainer.
Divorce attorneys offer flat fees for specific tasks like document preparation, otherwise known as “ghostwriting” in the legal community. For a flat fee, an attorney can draft the initial paperwork and coach the client on the next steps for filing. This service can help self-represented parties get a divorce for a fixed price.
Court Filing Fees
Filing divorce in Roseville isn’t cheap. Apart from attorney fees, the second largest expense for many is the Placer County court filing fees. As of 2019, the fee for filing a Petition or Response is $435.
Not all clients can afford to hire a divorce attorney, but they need more help than the self-help center can provide. Fortunately, family law has evolved from the traditional “full-scope” representation model where divorce attorneys represented clients in all aspects of their divorce. Now, attorneys are allowed to limit their representation to drafting certain forms or appearing at a specific hearing. In turn, family law attorneys can offer flat fees for document preparation or specific court appearances.
Placer County attorney Jin Kim can prepare your initial divorce forms including the Petition, Summons, and Financial Disclosures for a flat fee. To learn more about her limited scope representation call her office at (916) 270-6880 to schedule a 1-hour consultation.
Child Custody Lawyer
Child custody is one of the most frequently contested issues in divorce. Without guidance from an efficient child custody attorney legal bills can skyrocket as parties litigate endlessly without cost-effective goals in mind. To help clients achieve efficient outcomes that are in the child’s best interest I offer neutral counsel, set realistic goals, and zealously pursue my client’s interests in and out of court.
Business Divorce Attorney
I am one of the few divorce attorneys who specialize in business divorce cases. For business owners and spouses, the law pertaining to property division and valuation procedures requires representation from an experienced business divorce attorney. To learn more about my services as a business divorce attorney call my office at (916) 270-6880 for a $200 one hour consultation.
Child Support Lawyer
California child support law has been accused of being unfair to income-earners and a windfall to stay-at-home parents. In truth, the calculation can become a financial burden for decades, so many clients invest in a child support attorney during their divorce. With the assistance of a child support attorney, the final calculation and order can save or earn the represented party a significant sum of money.
Spousal Support Attorney
Nearly all divorces require some level of temporary or permanent spousal support. Local spousal support attorney Jin Kim represents clients in divorce proceedings involving temporary child support calculations and permanent spousal support orders produced through hearings and advocacy over statutory permanent spousal support factors.