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4600 Marriott Drive
Raleigh, NC 27612
Money and time are important facts for you to consider in a family law case. Family law issues can be complex, time-consuming and expensive. Emily believes in discussing fees with her clients during the initial consultation, including the hourly rate she charges, the amount of the initial deposit that you will pay to our firm to retain her services, the approximate time she expects it will take to resolve your case, the possibility of requesting an award of attorney's fees as reimbursement to you, and other matters.
It is Emily’s belief that a client who knows important billing information will be better informed and more satisfied with the services our firm renders. Such a client will also have a clear understanding of what our charges are and what we have done for the fees paid by our clients.
Clients receive monthly statements that detail the legal services and charges for those services. The statement also reflects the balance of your trust deposit.
Emily will be happy to discuss your domestic issues with you prior to having to make any commitments to retain our firm for representation. Initial Consultations are important not only for you to understand what you may expect in regard to your legal issues, but it is also an important opportunity for you to interview Emily as your potential attorney. It is crucial that you feel comfortable with you you hire as your attorney.
Because of the detailed and confidential nature of our work, Emily prefers to conduct in-person initial consultations, rather than by telephone or email. However, Emily will make exceptions for those clients who live outside of the local area. Our normal office hours are 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, but in certain circumstances Emily may be able to meet with you outside of the normal office hours.
Emily usually meets with prospective clients for about one to two hours during the initial consultation, so please make sure to allow yourself at least two hours of time for your appointment. There is no firm time limit on the consultation, and you will meet with Emily for as long as it takes for the two of you to review your particular situaiton. During the initial consultation, Emily will obtain a history of your legal matter, ascertain various facts, advise you of the law, and counsel you on what steps you should take to protect your legal interests. At the conclusion of the Initial Consultation, Emily will outline the initial steps we would take if you decide to retain our firm to represent you in regard to your case.
In order to get the most out of your Initial Consultation, Emily will request that you bring certain documents and information with you depending on the legal issues you may be facing or wish to discuss. Such information may include, any lawsuits that have been filed, previous orders or agreements, wage earning statements, tax returns or other financial documents. This will all depend on your specific legal situation.
Emily charges $350.00 for an Initial Consultation. The flat fee of $350 includes up to an hour and a half of time meeting with Emily and is collected at the beginning of your appointment. If you desire to spend more than an hour and a half with Emily, you will be cahrged $50 for each additional thirty-minute increment. To schedule an Initial Consultation and to discuss your domestic situation with Emily, please
In most cases, we bill for legal services on an hourly basis. This means that all billable time for your case will be charged in tenths of hours and will be rounded up to the nearest one tenth of an hour. A one-tenth of an hour minimum is imposed on all time charges. Our firm utilizes software that meticulously tracks time spent on your case, so you don’t have to worry that the time spent on your case is ever “just an estimate.” Emily’s hourly rate is $315.00 and her paralegal's hourly rate is $135.00 an hour.
Billable time includes all time spent on your case including conferences, telephone calls, pretrial discovery, trial preparation, document drafting, correspondence, pleadings, negotiations, legal research, court time and travel to and from locations away from our office, mediations, arbitrations, etc. Any figures Emily quotes you for the total cost of her services are estimates. Your adversary, the opposing party or others may engage in activities beyond our control that require time that was originally not contemplated.
Seldom does Emily charge a “flat fee” for domestic cases for the simple reason that it is usually impossible to tell how difficult or complex a case may be, especially at the beginning of your case. Some cases may take a year or more to resolve, while other cases, which may have appeared very complicated initially, may soon settle. Unfortunately, however, litigation is expensive, so it is important for you to make the necessary financial arrangements. The firm can accept payments directly from friends or family members on your behalf, and we also accept all major credit cards (Visa, Discover, MasterCard).
It is Emily’s belief that clients should only pay for the work that the firm actually does. Therefore, because of the unpredictability of family law cases and the potential for settlement early in the process, Emily believe that the hourly billing method is the fairest method for billing for her services. She will discuss with you specific fees for your case once she has had an opportunity to interview you and determine the facts and objectives in your case. Please feel free to ask any questions you wish about fees.
Emily’s goal, above all, is to counsel and maintain clients who are well informed and are satisfied with the services we render for them. In most cases, additional expenses are incurred as a result of the representation. Some examples of these costs include filing fees at the courthouse, service fees to the sheriff or a private-process server, deposition transcripts, investigative reports, expert witnesses, appraisals, etc. The client is responsible for paying these fees.
In order to retain our firm, you will be required to execute an Agreement for Employment of Legal Counsel and pay an initial deposit toward the representation. The amount of the initial deposit will depend on the issues involved, the complexity of the issues and the time required for your case. However, most initial deposits range from $1,500.00 to $10,000.00. If you case is already in litigation, you can expect a higher initial deposit, because unfortunately litigation is expensive. The initial deposit will be held in the firm’s trust account. Unlike some law firms, we do not charge a "true" retainer, which is a flat-fee that is earned by the lawyer for him or her taking you on as a client, and which is not used at all towards billed time in your case.
Each month, the firm sends clients a detailed statement outlining all work performed on the client’s case and showing the amount of the client’s funds-on-deposit that have been withdrawn from trust and applied toward the statements rendered. Upon the rendering of our statement, the client will be required to pay to us sufficient funds to replenish the deposit and pay the balance of any statement remaining unpaid after the funds already on deposit are depleted. Once your case is completed, we will refund to you any balance remaining in the trust account, which is not needed to satisfy the balance of your account with the firm.
Emily Moore Tyler is certified by the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission as both a Family Financial Mediator and Superior Court Mediator. The cost for Emily to conduct a mediation is $150.00 per hour and there is also a one-time administrative fee of $150.00. Usually, but not always, the total cost of the mediation is equally split between the parties. If you would like to select Emily as your mediator, please contact the office.