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Author Topic: happydadtwo needs help finding a lawyer but has little money  (Read 1462 times)


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I was wondering if any of you guys know of any lawyers in Naperville of Chicago that will take a joint custody case for small fee to start. I don't much money and I can't afford to pay thousands of dollars just to start.

I went to jeffery levings office and his lawyers wanted $5000 to take the case but asked for $3,500 up front. Man, I cant afford that much. Are there any lawyers that will take these cases for $500 or less to start with monthly installments. If anyone can help me continue my search I would greatly appreciate it. I understand that we all need to support each other and my prayers go out all of you who want be with your children. I will continue to support you in every way that I can.

Thanks, Happydadtwo!


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RE: happydadtwo needs help finding a lawyer but has little money
« Reply #1 on: Feb 28, 2005, 11:55:57 AM »

I have much empathy for the financial challenge of hiring a lawyer.  I went through that myself-- borrowed from everyone I could, maxed out credit cards, went deep into debt for custody litigation that dragged on for four years.

That said, I don't think you'd want any lawyer who would accept a $500 retainer.

If you need a lawyer, beg and borrow whatever you can to retain a good one.  A bad one will take your money and potentially leave you worse off than you started.

Most lawyers will give priority to the cases for which they know they'll get paid.  If you go into a lawyer's office saying, "I only have $3,500 and that's it", then once billable hours exceeds $3,500, you suddenly may become a low-priority client.

I know nothing about Jeffrey Levings, but I've read what some purported clients said about him on Amazon book reviews.  Maybe he's great.  Maybe not.  I don't know.

You may want to go to some divorce support groups in your area and ask if anyone would recommend a reasonable, good attorney.

The best for which you can hope is an attorney who is effective, but who won't kill you on nickel/dime stuff (e.g., 5 minute phone calls, brief letters, etc).


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RE: happydadtwo needs help finding a lawyer but has little money
« Reply #2 on: Feb 28, 2005, 12:57:45 PM »

Forget Leving.  He's a product of his own promotion. He'll take your money and stick you with some young buck to handle your case.

Go to this site and find an attorney who certified in family law, you may pay more but you'll increase your chances at success and save in the long run.



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« Reply #4 on: Mar 01, 2005, 10:48:33 AM »

A friend of mine, a dad who was never married to his daughter's mother, has had good luck with this atty.  She's been effective and has tied up alot of loose ends for him.

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