The term ‘in pro per‘ means that you are not represented by an Attorney and you are representing yourself.
The term ‘representation‘ in a Divorce has special meaning. Most Attorneys offer ‘full representation‘ and they don’t really explain what it means.
Full Representation means:
- The Attorney will represent you in all areas of the Divorce and he/she will be the one initiating actions and responding to actions
- The Attorney will charge a retainer and hourly rate for your legal matter; the exact final fee is usually unknown
- The Attorney will communicate with the court and your spouse or spouse’s Attorney and will charge you for each interaction
- If you run out of money, the Attorney will sub out of the case or file a motion to withdraw
Most people think that they don’t have a choice–they either go it alone (in pro per) or they go with ‘full representation‘ and ultimately spend an unknown quantity of money.
The problem with ‘in pro per’ is that you are not an Attorney and so do not know the law or the court system. This puts you at a great disadvantage. However, the problem with ‘full representation’ is that it costs too much–but you still have a better chance of winning and getting a better deal in court.
Is it possible to both have an Attorney on your side and have low cost with no financial surprises?
Yes!! The system that can offer both legal advice and oversight with low cost is an ‘Attorney Assisted’ method. By using this method, you get the advantage of having an experienced Attorney advise you and oversee your case. You also get low flat fees with no financial surprises.
Attorneys can offer this method by using a generalized approach to your specific case–think of it like what Ford did to the car–he took the assembly line approach to making cars and by doing this he lowered the cost and made more cars!
Attorneys can take the ‘Ford approach’ to most legal matters. By using an Attorney-Assisted method or ‘limited scope method’ the Attorney can help people with the legal process, paperwork and court representation and offer flat fees for the parts that are provided.
You can now get the best of both worlds–Attorney advice and oversight as well as low flat fees!