FAQs For Document Preparation, Mediation, & Litigation

Cindy Best

 

Can traditional document preparation services help me?
Document preparation services cannot provide you with legal advice. So, unless you know the law and the procedures, you could make some devastating mistakes by filling out forms without understanding your rights. Best Law Firm?s document preparation is conducted by an experienced attorney.

How much does document preparation cost?
You may call our law firm to find out our current specials and prices. If you purchased this book, you are entitled to a 20% discount on a package deal. You are also entitled to a free, 15-minute consultation with an attorney.

How long does it take for document preparation?
We can finalize documents within 24 hours.

How do I get started for a document preparation?
Just call our office at (480) 219-2433 or go to our website and fill out the Divorce Coach questionnaire, pay online and we will finish your documents, usually within 24 hours, and provide them to you online. Or, you can pick them up here at our office or we can simply mail them to you.

How do I get a one-hour attorney consultation?
Just call our office at (480) 219-2433. We will meet with you as soon as possible, usually within 48 hours if you are available. We make ourselves available: we know how much stress and anxiety you are feeling. We can also conduct legal consultations over the phone or by SKYPE, as long as a limited scope fee agreement is signed and an hourly fee is paid.

Can I call for a telephone consultation?
We provide free telephone consultations to go over our services and the general legal issues and processes involved in a divorce in Arizona. These phone calls do not give legal advice to you. You can receive legal advice by requesting a ?meeting? (this can be in person, or by SKYPE or telephone) with an attorney, who will provide you with a limited-scope fee agreement for specific legal advice billed at an hourly fee. If you have any questions to begin with, please call our office at (480) 219-2433.

What is a mediator?
A mediator is a neutral third party who can help you negotiate and resolve your divorce.

Can a non-lawyer be a mediator?
Yes, but they do not always have the legal experience to know what really happens in a courtroom. Sometimes, parties are more eager to cooperate and negotiate when they recognize how nasty and unpredictable it is to litigate.

Should my mediator be an attorney and practice law?
We think it helps a great deal when we mediate. We know what can and will happen in court with certain issues and with certain judges, but we also know that sometimes there is no predicting what the court will do with particular facts and issues. Because it can be a crapshoot, an attorney understands the risk/reward of going to trial.

Can an attorney help me if I get stuck after trying to fill out the online forms?
Yes, you can make an appointment and meet with an attorney on an hourly basis.

Are there pitfalls that I need to be aware of?
Yes, they are numerous. If you have any questions, you should consult an attorney.

Will the judge help me?
Judges are very good, but they are not allowed to give you legal advice. They do the best they can within their own limitations imposed by the court.

Can I have an attorney and a mediator?
Yes, you can mediate with or without an attorney. You can mediate all your issues and then have the agreement reviewed by an attorney before signing it.

Can a paralegal draft my documents?
Yes, but this can be dangerous. There are paralegals who offer this service, but they cannot give you legal advice, nor are they experienced in litigation to prevent certain mistakes and problems.

How much does a mediator cost?
Most mediators charge by the hour, anywhere from $200 to $400. Most mediators do not ask for retainers.

How much does it cost to have someone draft my documents?
This is a flat fee and you will know and agree to the price before the work is started. At Best Law Firm, our prices vary, depending on the documents. You can find this information on our website, along with a price list and questionnaire.

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