We got a call the other day from a couple that has been dealing with a DYFS case in court for several months. The couple complained that their attorney was doing nothing for them. I know most attorneys that handle DYFS cases on a regular basis and I had never heard of the attorney on the case. Based upon what the couple said, it clearly seemed like these attorneys either didn’t know what they were doing or didn’t care to do the right thing. Upon further questioning, the couple indicated that the attorney was only charging $150 per hour! Anyone new to the legal system may not know how much lawyers charge so thus, they may not realize how cheap these attorneys were. Attorneys, like just about any other service, set their prices based upon supply and demand. There is only so much time that we can sell. The more in demand we are, the higher are prices go. Younger attorneys charged anywhere from $250 to $300 on average. More experienced attorneys charge anywhere from $300 to $450 on average. Very well known attorneys or attorneys in big firms charge $450 to $700 per hour. I seriously question the value that these attorneys bring to some case.
Just remember the old saying, you get what you pay for. I think that our fees are reasonable given the service that you receive and our track record. Thus, I believe that our services are affordable since throwing your money away on an attorney that will do nothing for you doesn’t make much sense. Furthermore, in certain cases, payment plans may be available.