Divorce 101 FAQs

Where Did All the Money in My Retainer Go?

Written by Russell Alexander ria@russellalexander.com / (905) 655-6335

Sometimes your account is billed much quicker than you expected. In an attempt to help you save costs, our firm has prepared a list of ways you can help keep your costs lower.

  • Be Wise: Prioritize your goals and pick your battles.
  • Be Familiar: Familiarize yourself with our Retainer Agreement. This will help you understand the fees, and prevent you from incurring unnecessary charges.
  • Be Prepared: Email electronic versions of your documents. Alternatively have them available by USB.
  • Be Careful: Carefully read all drafts before responding.
  • Be Well-Informed: Read the entire contents of what we send before responding. We suggest sending 1 large email at a time or accumulate a log and discuss during one phone call.
  • Be Mindful: Avoid urgency and last minute updates.
  • Be Meticulous: Organize and include all your documents.
  • Be Ready: Respond timely to emails and telephone calls.

Helpful Tip: The more work you can do for yourself, the less work you will need done.

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About the author

Russell Alexander

Russell Alexander is the Founder & Senior Partner of Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers.