BUDGET CONCERNS AND LITIGATION
Any type of law suit carries with it the risk of high costs. This is especially
true when emotions between the parties run high, as is so often true in
divorce or child custody cases, as the strong emotions can often lead
to prolonged litigation.
while going through your divorce or custody case is an essential step.
Understand your priorities. You need to really decide what is the most
important issue to you in your case. After all, it makes the most sense
to focus your resources on what is most important. For example, if you
decide that uncovering hidden assets is the highest on your list, it may
be worth your money to hire a forensic accountant or a CPA to review financial
documents and testify at trial. Alternatively, if you are involved in
a heated custody battle, having a child psychologist involved in your
case would be a better use of your money. Of course it is possible to
hire any and all experts for your case, but very few of us have the unlimited
resources necessary to do so.
Recognize that some litigation costs are necessary to get you the outcome
you desire. Discovery is one process that seems lengthy and costly, but
it is essential, as it allows your attorney to build a portfolio of evidence
and find out what evidence the other side intends to use at trial. You
will probably have to attend to mediation, which will be another cost,
but could quite possibly lead to a settlement of some or all of your case,
thereby ending or at least reducing your involvement with the court system.
Discuss your budget and resources with your attorney. Your lawyer is your
greatest ally, and wants to help you. Your lawyer is in charge of developing
a strategy for your case and for your trial. Knowing your budget will
help your lawyer select the approach that fits in your budget. Also discuss
your priorities so your attorney can help you target your resources at
attaining your most important goals.
Stay calm. Keeping your cool can often lead to a quicker settlement, which
obviously will reduce your costs. Staying angry and fighting over every
issue will only keep you locked in litigation for longer. Settling the
issues that you can will help speed the process and keep your legal fees lower.
clients have budgetary concerns in any case. Contact us today at (732) 479-4711
and we can talk about how to achieve your goals while maintaining your budget.