FAQ

What are your business hours?

Our office is typically open from 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. There are circumstances, including holidays, in which our office may be closed or may close early. We try to let our clients know these schedules in advance if possible. Occasionally we may arrange to meet clients before or after business hours if necessary.

Do you charge for consultations?

This firm does not typically charge for an initial consultation. However, consultations which are more extensive or occur after an initial consultation may incur charges pursuant to the arrangement with the specific attorney handling the case. There are, however, certain matters which do call for an initial consultation fee; in such a case, you would be told of the fee in advance.

What kind of cases do you handle?

Please see our list of Practice Areas.

Do you handle contingency fee cases?

Our firm will take cases on a contingency fee basis, when that arrangement is appropriate. Ethics precludes attorneys from taking cases on a contingency fee basis in certain types of domestic relations issues or criminal defense. There are, however, cases which are usually taken on a contingency arrangement, such as plaintiffs’ automobile accident claims or medical malpractice claims. Whether your case is eligible for this arrangement and the specifics of the contingency percentage will be discussed between you and the attorney handling your case.

Do you require a retainer?

There are some matters which typically require payment in advance of a portion or all of your expected attorney fees before this firm would be able to either take action on your file or become the attorney of record for you in a case. The amount of a retainer varies based on the type of case and circumstances involved. That amount would be discussed between you and the attorney handling your case.

How much do you charge?

Probably not a unique question to law firms, this is, in fact, probably one of the most frequently asked. Attorney fees and arrangements vary from firm to firm and also between attorneys. Legal fees should be reasonable in consideration of the following factors: time and labor required, difficulty of question and skill requisite; preclusion of other employment; local charges for similar work; time limitations imposed by client or circumstances; nature and length of relationship with client; experience, reputation, and ability of lawyer performing the services; and other various factors.

This firm takes some types of work on a contingency fee basis, which is addressed separately, and there are some matters which may be handled for a flat fee. That amount would be determined based on the nature of the case, the specific attorney handling the matter, and the specific facts of that case.

Most work is handled on an hourly rate. That rate could range from $200.00 to $400.00 per hour based on the attorney involved, the type of matter and issues being addressed, and other similar factors set out above. All fee arrangements are discussed with the client at a consultation and are addressed through an appropriate legal fee agreement.

What forms of payment do you take?

This firm accepts personal or cashier’s checks, cash and Visa, MasterCard and American Express for both retainer payments and regular monthly charges.

You can pay online through our secure payment processing form.

What is the difference between a dissolution and a divorce in Ohio?

In a dissolution, both spouses jointly ask the court to end their marriage. The spouses present their written agreement to the court, along with a petition asking the court to dissolve their marriage. The agreement must address all issues relevant to their marital relationship, including child custody, visitation, and support, as well as property division, debts, taxes, and fees. Then, the court must hold a final hearing on their petition between thirty and ninety days after it is filed.

In contrast, a divorce is an adversarial proceeding, in which one spouse files a lawsuit against the other, asking the court to decide all matters pertaining to the marriage. Even though one spouse may sue the other for divorce, most people reach an agreement without an actual trial. If no agreement is reached, the court will decide all of the unresolved issues.

What happens to property I inherited or had before the marriage?

Usually, this type of property will be considered non-marital property so long as it is traceable and has not lost its separate identity. However, if this approach would be unfair, the court may divide the property equitably. For example, if one spouse engaged in serious economic misconduct using marital funds, the court has the authority to make a distributive award to the other spouse out of non-marital property in order to achieve an equitable result.

Will a court order spousal support in my situation?

An Ohio court will look at a number of factors in deciding whether to award spousal support, including the length of the marriage; each spouse's earning capacity, age, and physical and mental condition; the standard of living the couple had during marriage; and so on. The court will also consider whether one spouse has limited income potential or career possibilities due to family responsibilities and whether the spouse with custody of the children will also be able to seek work outside the home.

If I did not marry the parent of my child, can I get child support or parenting time with my child?

Yes, once it is legally established that you are the child's parent. You can start the process through your county’s Jobs and Family Services agency or you can file a request for a paternity determination in juvenile court.

I am going through a divorce. Is it true that if my children are teenagers, they can choose to live with me?

Ohio law does not specify an age at which a child may choose his or her own living arrangements. Rather, the court looks at the custody issue on a case-by-case basis, and custody determination is based on the best interest of the child. A court may conduct an in-chambers interview with the child to discuss the child’s preference, but the child’s parents are not present at the meeting. And the child’s preferences are only one factor the court reviews, although generally, the older the child is, the more weight the court will give his or her wishes.

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