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$ 1000
Jan 2008
Northeast Arkansas
Flat fee for family law case  more... close row
$ 1500
Mar 2008
dallas, texas
Family law attorney to assist with adoption  more... close row
$ 2000
Mar 2007
Van Wert, Ohio
Custody battle with excellent service  more... close row
$ 12000
Dec 2007
Mobile, Al
Child custody case  more... close row
$ 1100
Apr 2007
Van Wert, Ohio
Dissolution and custody issues  more... close row
$ 250
Jan 2008
Sequim, Washington
Family lawyer helped with will and other questions  more... close row
$ 1000
Oct 2007
Nashville TN
Family and Divorce attorney was a fraud  more... close row
$ 800
May 2008
Rock Hill, SC
Changing last name of a child is expensive  more... close row
$ 150
Mar 2008
Alma, Kansas
Legal plan from employer could have been helpful  more... close row

Description of service

My son got in trouble for shoplifting from a local store. He actually didn't take anything out of the store, but he picked something up off the shelf, walked around the corner, and handed it to another kid knowing that he planned to steal it. They got caught when they left the store. Even though they immediately handed back the merchandise (which cost about $5) the police were still called. An attorney was assigned to defend my son, and he recommended that we apply for diversion rather than entering a not guilty plea (because he said he'd be convicted of theft.) Apparently, if you're acquitted, you don't have to pay attorney fees, but if you're found guilty or take diversion, you have to reimburse the court for the cost.

Review of Service

I guess the $150 in attorney fees were reasonable - he probably has a total of about an hour on my son's case between reviewing the charges, the 2 minutes in court (he was late and would've had to be there anyway because he had other cases before the same judge that morning), and the signing off on the diversion paperwork. What I thought was unreasonable was the fact that the entire thing is going to cost me about $800, between the diversion application and acceptance fees, attorney fee, court costs, and on-going monitoring fee. When I asked the attorney up front how much all of this was going to cost, he said he couldn't see it being more than $200 - $250. I guess he was just talking about his part.


If your employer offers a legal plan like my husband's company does, you might want to consider signing up for it. I think our plan would've cost about $10/month and would've had an attorney represent my son for free. Maybe if we'd had that, we could've defended him against this charge. I really think he could've been acquitted. He didn't actually steal anything, even though I guess he was an accomplice. Also, know what you're getting into ahead of time - if I had gone online and looked at the County Attorney's website, I could've seen the costs of diversion ahead of time and known I was in for about $500 - $1000. I don't know why the attorney couldn't tell me that up front. So, I guess the best advice is "never do anything to need an attorney" but if you do, RESEARCH, RESEARCH, RESEARCH!

$ 18000
Nov 2006
Sacramento, CA
Legal assistance in family court  more... close row
$ 4000
Feb 2008
coudersport pa
Termination of parental rights  more... close row