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The Mathews Group, LC

Sole Custody Lawyer

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866-258-0499

Our Firm Is Devoted To Resolving Family Law Problems. We Are 100% Dedicated To Obtaining The Best Result For You.

Our firm is devoted to resolving family law problems for men and women in eastern Kansas and western Missouri. Our focus is always on the goal of solving family law problems as efficiently as possible to keep the emotional and financial costs under control for our clients. Many family law issues involve children. We believe that if attorneys feed the already high-level of …

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Hough Law Firm

Sole Custody Lawyer | Serving Independence, MO

816-226-3981

Divorce Is Temporary. Family Is Forever. We Create Legal Solutions That Are Fair, Compassionate and Sustainable with Your Best Interests in Mind.

Hough Law Firm takes a different approach to family law: We view clients not just as individuals, but as part of a broader family dynamic. Indeed, when two people get married, it’s not just their lives joined, but two families – and their cultures, traditions and dysfunctions – that merge. Thus, when divorce happens, it affects more than just the couple; …

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The Schechter Law Firm, P.C.

Sole Custody Lawyer | Serving Independence, MO

314-727-7289

Over 100 Years Combined of Experience in Divorce and Family Law Matters Throughout the St Louis Metropolitan Area, Including St Louis County, St Charles County, and St Louis City.

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Top Questions to Ask When Hiring an Attorney

  • How many years have you been practicing law? How long have you practiced law in the local area?
  • How many cases similar to mine have you handled in the past?
  • What is the likely outcome for my case?

In legal practice, experience matters. An experienced attorney will likely have handled issues similar to yours many, many times. Therefore, after listening to your situation, the attorney should have a reasonable idea of the time line for a case like yours and the likely resolution.

Tips on Approaching an Initial Attorney Consultation

  • Use the consultation as a means of gaining a better understanding of your legal situation.
  • Ask the attorney how many cases similar to yours he/she has handled. An attorney's experience and knowledge can speak to their expertise (or lack of) in addressing your situation.
  • Your attorney should be able to articulate roughly how long a case like yours will take to resolve and what sort of procedures to expect.
  • Determine how comfortable you are working with the lawyer and/or law firm.

Types of legal fees:

Bill by the hour: Many attorneys bill by the hour. How much an attorney bills you per hour will vary based on a number of factors. For instance, an attorney's hourly fee may fluctuate based on whether that hour is spent representing you in court or doing research on your case. Attorneys in one practice area may bill you more than attorneys in a different practice area.

Contingent fee: Some lawyers will accept payment via contingent fee. In this arrangement, the lawyer receives a percentage of the total monetary recovery if you win your lawsuit. In sum, the lawyer only gets paid if you win. Contingent fee agreements are limited to specific practice areas in civil law.

Flat fee: For "routine" legal work where the attorney generally knows the amount of time and resources necessary to complete the task, he/she may be willing to bill you a flat fee for services performed.

Common legal terms explained

Personal jurisdiction - Requirement that a particular court have authority over a person, in order to bind that person to the judgment of the court, based on minimum contacts. International Shoe Co v. Washington is a landmark Supreme Court case outlining the scope of a state court's reach in personal jurisdiction.

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