Each month we receive a number of call from potential clients seeking assistance with a paternity matter. From these calls, the staff and attorneys of T.R. Spencer & Asscociates, P.C., have developed the following list of "Frequently Asked Questions" to help you decide which attorney would be the best fit to assist you in this trying time:
QUESTION # 1: How are attorneys paid for their services?
ANSWER # 1: In family cases, such as a paternity case. Attorneys charge an up-front "retainer." The amount of the retainer varies depending on the difficulty or the matter and generally runs from $2.000.00 to $3,000.00.
QUESTION # 2: How is the retainer money used'?
ANSWER # 2: Retainer monies are used to pay for litigation costs. Such as court filing fees and document service fees, as well as for the attorney's time spend working on your case. Hourly charges for attorneys at T.R. Spencer & Associates, P.C., range from $150.00 per hour to $195.00 per hour. Our attorneys have as many as 20 years of experience in handling these types or matters.
QUESTION # 3: If I am seeking to establish a Paternity Order. What are the steps in the
ANSWER #3: The steps in a paternity case can be boiled down to the following: (a) meeting with you, the client; (b) preparation of the Paternity Petition; (c ) service of the Paternity Petition; (d) answer to the Paternity Petition (by the other party); (e) conducting of discovery; (f) pretrial; and (g) trial before the assigned judge.