Every divorce case is different. Experienced, qualified, competent divorce attorneys charge by the hour for their services, and it is impossible to predict in advance exactly how many hours (or tenths of an hour) a new case will take. However, it is not unreasonable for a client to ask for an honest, reasonable estimate (as a range) for a new case. To make such a prediction, the attorney will need to have a somewhat detailed overview of the facts and issues that might come up, and this is covered in the initial conference. Abraham Lincoln is quoted as saying “a lawyer’s time and advice are his stock in trade”. That being said, different attorneys have different hourly rates based upon their levels of experience and qualifications. In addition, there are costs which have nothing to do with payment for the attorney, but are payments for out-of-pocket expenses such as court reporter fees, Clerk’s filing fees, service of process fees and occasionally expert witness fees. Our firm seeks to cover all of these issues in the initial conference; additionally, it is our policy to have a modest conference fee for the client’s first visit to the office.