Fees

No Surprises Here

At Ward Black Law, you don’t have to worry about hidden fees.

We offer initial consultations at a flat, upfront cost of $275, where we meet with you to discuss the details of your case and provide you with an estimate of the fees you’ll be responsible for, should you choose us to represent you.

Our fee structure is as follows:

  •   Initial Consultation Fee – $275
  •   Pretrial Flat Fee – $2,500 – $12,500
  •   Trial Billable Hourly Rate  – $300/attorney hour
  •   Trial Retainers – $2,500 – $10,000
  •  This price range is based on the complexity of each case, the attorney’s experience, and qualifications.
  •  This cost also applies to cases already in progress when switching to Ward Black Law.

In addition to carefully reading over our fee structure, we encourage you to use our attorney fee calculator to get an even better idea of what you’ll be financially responsible for before taking that first step into our office.

At Ward Black Law, we promise no surprises from us so that your experience can be a positive one with the best possible outcome.

Making the Most Out of Your Investment

We know that anytime legal help is needed, services can begin to add up. That’s why, should you choose Ward Black Law to fight for your case, we want to make sure you are getting the most out of your investment.

Here are a few money-saving tips:

  • Stay Organized
    • If your documents are in order, the entire process moves faster. Keeping your information organized helps us avoid spending significant time sifting through your documents and processing your information.
  • Communicate Clearly
    • If you are paying a billable hourly rate, keeping your phone calls and emails at a minimum can really help financially. Before you reach out to one of our attorneys, make a list of all the questions you have so you don’t waste any time on the phone trying to remember what it was you needed answered.
  • Be Available
    • When it comes to your case, time is of the essence. Responding to any questions we may ask you via email correspondence or voicemail plays a crucial role in enabling us to move forward with your case. A game of phone tag can add up, so being available to be reached during our time together helps cut costs.
  • Remember to Proofread
    • You can save time on unnecessary corrections if you make sure to closely proofread any and all documents we send to you. For example, if we send you a document and you approve it, then later down the road you realize a date or last name is incorrect, we’ll have to backtrack and make those changes at our billable rate.

Fee Calculator

Divorce and Marital Claims

Divorce and Marital Claims (e.g. equitable distribution, alimony, post separation support, including custody and child support) $5,000-$17,500 in flat fees

Phase 1: $5,000 – $10,000 flat fee

  • Initiation of Representation, Drafting Pleadings, Discovery (excluding Depositions), Preparation of Financial Affidavits with Accompanying Documents, and Attorney Settlement Negotiations

Phase 2: $5,000-$7,500 flat fee

  •   Preparation for Mediation, Mediation (Collaborative Law: 4-way meeting preparation and 4-way meetings)

Pre-trial Court Appearances: $2,500 retainer (hourly billing applies)

Motion Court Appearances: $5,500 retainer (hourly billing applies)

  •   Hearing preparation and Motion hearings (excluding equitable distribution pre-trial conferences)

Trial Court Appearances: $10,000 retainer (hourly billing applies)

  •   Trial preparation and trial appearance

Absolute Divorce (no other claims) $750.00

Qualified Domestic Relation Orders $2,000-$3,000

Free-Trader Agreements $350.00

The total fees above are an estimate of what you will be held financially responsible for, but please note that it may fluctuate due to the unique circumstances of your case. Upon an initial consultation, our attorneys will be able to provide you with an exact estimate.

Separation Agreement and Property Settlements

Non-negotiated separation agreement (incl. absolute divorce in which we advise parties as they negotiate their own settlement) Flat Fee: $2,500-$4,500

Negotiated separation agreement in which attorneys negotiate for you(incl. absolute divorce) Flat Fee: $5,000-$20,000

Review and advise on separation agreements Flat Fee: $550

Memorandum of Separation Agreement $350.00

The total fees above are an estimate of what you will be held financially responsible for, but please note that it may fluctuate due to the unique circumstances of your case. Upon an initial consultation, our attorneys will be able to provide you with an exact estimate.

Child Custody and Support

Custody/Support Orders by Agreement $2,000- $3,500

Child Custody and Support Court Claims $4,000-$17,500

Phase One: $4,000 – $5,500 Flat Fee

  •   Initiation of representation, drafting of pleadings, communications, custody mediation preparation, and custody mediation

Phase Two: $5,000-$12,000 Flat Fee

  •   Discovery, Attorney negotiations, and trial preparation

Pre-Trial Court Appearances: $2,500 Retainer (hourly billing applies)

Motion Court Appearances: $5,500 Retainer (hourly billing applies)

  •   Hearing preparation, Motion hearings 

Trial Court Appearances: $10,000 Retainer (hourly billing applies)

  • Trial preparation and trial appearance

Child Support Enforcement (includes one court hearing) $3,000-$3,500

$550 for each additional hearing

Termination of Parental Rights by Consent $2,000- $3,500

Legitimation by Consent $2,000

$1,500 if with Custody Claim

The total fees above are an estimate of what you will be held financially responsible for, but please note that it may fluctuate due to the unique circumstances of your case. Upon an initial consultation, our attorneys will be able to provide you with an exact estimate.

Pre- and Post-Nuptial Agreements

Pre- and Post- Nuptial Agreements Flat Fee: $2,750- $3,500

The total fees above are an estimate of what you will be held financially responsible for, but please note that it may fluctuate due to the unique circumstances of your case. Upon an initial consultation, our attorneys will be able to provide you with an exact estimate.

Adoption

Adoptions (Adult, Step Parent, Relative Caregiver, Foreign Re-adoption) Flat Fee: $3,000-$4,500

The total fees above are an estimate of what you will be held financially responsible for, but please note that it may fluctuate due to the unique circumstances of your case. Upon an initial consultation, our attorneys will be able to provide you with an exact estimate.

Name Change

Adult Name Change or Minor child Name Change by Consent Flat Fee: $750

The total fees above are an estimate of what you will be held financially responsible for, but please note that it may fluctuate due to the unique circumstances of your case. Upon an initial consultation, our attorneys will be able to provide you with an exact estimate.

Document Preparation

Document Preparation (e.g. deeds, free trader agreements, etc.) Flat Fee: $350

Powers of Attorney (Durable or Healthcare) $450.00

The total fees above are an estimate of what you will be held financially responsible for, but please note that it may fluctuate due to the unique circumstances of your case. Our attorneys will be able to provide you with an exact estimate.

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