Endzel Law, LLC offers a variety of representation options to suit your specific case and budget. Below are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we encounter.
How Do I Hire You?
It is our belief that effective legal representation begins and ends with trust. In the early stages of the attorney-client relationship we strive to be as honest and transparent as possible about our experience, capabilities, work process, billing policies and communication expectations. In return, we expect you to be honest and open with us about your story, goals, budget and expectations. Endzel Law can only do our best job for you if we are fully informed.
Our process begins with an initial phone call in which we gather information about your unique circumstances and the reason for your call. Most importantly, we will gain an understanding of your goals and describe the services we can provide to help you reach them.
Occasionally we speak to clients that have legal problems outside of our practice areas. If we cannot help you, we will make every attempt to refer you to a capable attorney who would be a better fit for your situation. We are very proud of our referral network and professional contacts in a variety of practice areas in the Chicago area and beyond.
After the first phone call, if your case and goals align with our experience and philosophy, we will send you an intake form and proposed engagement agreement, along with an invitation to the office. During your visit we can answer any questions you may have and finalize the terms of our representation. We require a signed engagement agreement, a completed intake form and payment before we can begin working on your case.
How Much Will it Cost?
First, some perspective: according to The Complete Guide to Protecting Your Financial Security When Getting a Divorce by Alan Feigenbaum and Heather Linton, parties will spend, on average, $20,000 to $25,000 for litigating a contested divorce. Not only can the majority of our clients not afford such legal fees, we believe that in most cases we can accomplish excellent results for a small fraction of that amount through efficient representation focused on your goals.
Endzel Law, LLC offers a variety of representation options to suit your specific case and budget. Payment plans are available on all representation options listed below. We offer:
- Full-scope Representation
Full scope representation means that we are available to do whatever work is necessary on your case and in return we will charge you an hourly rate for our legal services. We strive to be as fair as possible with billing and charge in 6 minute increments. Also, we do not believe in charging our clients for various methods of communication. This means you won’t have to worry how much each email, phone call or meeting will cost you. You will only pay for the legal work we do on your behalf. We require advance payment of an estimated minimum amount to secure our firm’s representation. Typical advance payment retainers are $2,000 – $5,000 depending on the complexity of the case, and payment plans are available.
- Limited Scope Representation
We will work within your needs and budget to customize a litigation plan, so you only pay for the exact amount of help you need. This option is best for cases with a very specific goal, for example, obtaining child support or finalizing an uncontested divorce. The engagement agreement both parties sign will list exactly what services are included for a pre-specified flat fee. Our flat fees generally range from $250 – $3,500 depending on the complexity of the case and the scope of work that needs to be done. The average flat fee Endzel Law, LLC clients pay is $1,750.
Although the limited scope engagement agreement specifically details what work we will do on your behalf, we also know to expect the unexpected when it comes to litigation. If issues arise that are outside the scope of our flat fee agreement, we are still happy to help you and will either charge our hourly rate for that work, or we will negotiate an additional flat fee for new issues. Rest assured that we will obtain your approval before beginning any work that is outside the scope of our agreement.
- Monthly Flat Fees
This representation option is a bit of a hybrid between full scope and limited scope representation, and has proven very popular with our clients. If your case is a good fit for a monthly flat fee, we will propose a scope of representation and a small flat fee that is paid for each month we work on your case. This option is excellent for complex cases that may have several issues to resolve over a longer period of time. For example, a contested custody case or a divorce with substantial financial assets involved. This option gives us the ability to do the work required to successfully resolve more complex matters, while still offering you certainty and transparency in your legal fees. Monthly flat fees range from $150 – $550 and are best for cases that are expected to last longer than 6 months.
How Long Will it Take?
Longer than you think! All joking aside, there are many factors that go into estimating how long a particular case will take to fully resolve. In general, litigation requires very specific procedures and certain steps must be followed in order to get results. This takes time and patience. In addition, there can be delays outside of our control. For example, the Judge may go on vacation, or just have a busy calendar and be unavailable to hear our case for several months. The opposing side may take a long time to review and complete documents, or new issues may arise that need to be dealt with before we can resolve the case. On average, most of our family law cases take 6-18 months to resolve compared to the Cook County, Illinois average of 3 years for a contested divorce.
Endzel Law, LLC accepts cash, checks, and all major credit and debit cards.
Payment plans are available on all representation options.
Although the pricing listed above includes fees for our legal services and ordinary postage and copying expenses it does not include extraordinary expenses such as court filing fees, court reporters, transcript costs, special process servers, private investigators, etc.