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I am intrigued by the flat-fee concept every time I hear/see you discuss it. My practice is limited to family law and guardianship/conservatorship.
In the guardianship/conservatorship area, it's simple enough to set a flat fee. In family law cases, it's much more complicated and I get overwhelmed and confused every time I try to think about how that might work.
The time required to resolve a family law case is affected by a number of factors, including but not limited to:
the client's capacity to understand the process and follow up
the identity and style of opposing counsel
the responsiveness of opposing counsel and party to requests for information
I've heard you speak in the past about averaging the fees on previous cases to come up with flat rates. It seems like doing so would skew the results - for example, one or two $50-80,000 divorces would drive up those averages quite a bit.
I'm interested in feedback on how flat fees might work in the family law area.
Patricia M. Buss
BUSS LAW OFFICE, P.A.
1500 McAndrews Road West #217
Burnsville, MN 55337
Phone: (952) 892-8406
FAX: (952) 892-1722