Brasier Law specializes in handling low-cost divorce and custody cases.
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1 (855) 328-9108 or 1 (503) 855-4777
Many people who need to get a divorce just need help with handling the overwhelming legal system, but don’t want to spend a lot of money on attorneys. At Brasier Law, we specialize in handling Oregon uncontested divorces or custody cases at an extremely low cost to the client.
An uncontested divorce or custody case is one where the parties know what they want the outcome of their case to be and just need to make sure both people’s interests are protected.
Many people who face this situation consider hiring either a paralegal to draft their documents or do their own paperwork to finish their divorce either through printing the papers themselves or paying an online company like legal zoom.
A lot can go wrong for people who try either of these options and at Brasier Law we specialize in providing a better solution to people seeking an easy, hassle-free divorce or custody solution. See the Frequently Asked Questions section below for an idea of why hiring an attorney is a better option than these other choices.
What Brasier Law offers in an uncontested divorce or custody case:
For a single, low flat fee we do everything for you, including; finding out what you and your spouse want to have happen, provide recommendations if needed to help you past minor hurdles, draft the paperwork, and file the documents on your behalf. Our fee for Oregon uncontested divorce cases ranges from $500 to $1,000, depending on the complexity of the issues you need resolved. We also do uncontested divorce and custody cases in Washington state.
We make it easy and affordable to make sure everything is done right the first time for your uncontested divorce.
Here is what to expect from a Washington or Oregon uncontested divorce with Brasier Law:
The process starts with the client contacting our office either by telephone or email. We then have an experienced attorney take as much time as is necessary to speak to you on the phone about your case, and to make sure that this solution is a good one for your specific needs. Oftentimes, when the relationship allows it, both spouses participate in this initial telephone consultation so nobody feels like the other one is going behind their back to hire a lawyer. We consider an uncontested divorce to be both amicable and peaceful and to include both parties in the process whenever possible.
After that initial telephone call, we then draft the divorce or custody paperwork based on what you tell us you want. We use our experience with litigating cases to foresee possible pitfalls. We tailor your specific paperwork to make sure you and your spouse don’t ever have to go back to court in the future to fix any problems with a poorly drafted court order.
After making sure the paperwork is drafted as you both want it done, and after making whatever changes need to be made to satisfy both parties, we file the paperwork with the court.
Our job isn’t done until the court accepts the paperwork and your divorce or custody case is officially finalized.
Don’t make the mistake of cutting corners on something as monumentally important as a divorce or custody case. Let us handle this for you and make sure you and your spouse are both protected. We do uncontested divorce and custody cases throughout the entire Oregon and Washington areas and can meet over the phone or Skype or another similar video conference program to get your divorce or custody case done quickly and easily for you.
How is uncontested divorce different from mediation?
A mediator is necessary when parties are really far apart on what they think is reasonable. A mediator’s job is to first and foremost help people who are disagreeing, to reach an agreement. When you hire us to handle an uncontested case, you are not hiring us to resolve your disagreement but to make sure your agreement that you’ve already reached is securely and easily turned into a final court order.
Mediators also often charge hourly for their services and can rack up quite a bill depending on how long it takes people to reach an agreement, while we charge a very low flat fee to handle your entire divorce so you never get a large bill racked up. Often mediators will call their services amicable or collaborative divorce, see our article Top 5 Reasons Collaborative Divorce Can Backfire, on why we recommend uncontested divorce or normal divorce services over a collaborative or amicable divorce.
I am planning on hiring a paralegal for less than your fee, why should I pay a little more for an attorney?
There are three reasons you don’t want to hire a paralegal if you can afford our easy and inexpensive uncontested divorce services instead.
First, a paralegal can draft the paperwork you tell them to draft, but they are very poor at being able to foresee potential problems with your plan. By hiring an attorney to handle your paperwork, you get an experienced litigator who can do more than just robotically fill out a template.
With us, you are hiring a professional with years of experience in knowing where agreements fall apart, and who can tailor your documents to help you avoid very costly pitfalls in the future.
Most frequently when people have to modify their custody order or get the court involved to enforce the terms of their divorce, the problem could have easily been avoided by more carefully drafting the initial court order. We can help you and your spouse feel confident you won’t have to go through the costly and stressful process of future modification or enforcement actions.
Second, a paralegal can’t always adjust to unique circumstances, but we can assess your divorce and make changes as needed.
For instance, we have had many, many clients come to us and tell us that they wanted to change child support from what the “calculator” showed, but their paralegal didn’t know how to do that. There are hundreds of examples like this, and when you want to do something “outside the box”, a paralegal’s training isn’t usually sufficient to protect your goals. We have the training and experience to help you with these details.
Third, a paralegal can’t represent you, and therefore can’t file the paperwork for you.
There are two parts to a divorce. The first is the agreement itself, meaning what each person gets in the divorce. The second is the hassle of dealing with the court system. Many times courts will reject the initial paperwork because of an error of some kind. If you hire a paralegal, they can’t protect you from the second part of your divorce. The many months of delays caused by the court’s maze of rules can leave even competent, intelligent adults dumbfounded. By hiring us, our job isn’t complete until the judge signs your final order, so we can and will fix any problems that might arise and can save you the headache of doing this yourself.
Online Sites like Legal Zoom are cheaper and allow me to speak to an attorney if I have questions, why should I pay a little more for your uncontested divorce services?
Many sites like legal zoom include the option of having a brief online Q & A session that will last maybe 15 minutes with an attorney about your paperwork. With our service, you get your own attorney who is representing you and can be available as many times as you need for as long as you need to make sure you and your spouse are getting the terms you want in your divorce, and that you understand the process the whole way through.
Sites like Legal Zoom also cannot file the papers on your behalf just as a paralegal can’t, so their services don’t save you the immense time commitment suffered by having to navigate the court system on your own.
Sites like Legal Zoom also can’t get creative to help you resolve situations unique to your personal needs.
Finally, our service, while slightly more in cost than these online sites is not much more expensive, especially when you consider the fact that you don’t have to do any of the work yourself.
What if I don’t live near your Portland office, can I still make use of your service?
We handle many uncontested divorces each year where we never have a face-to-face meeting with the client. Thanks to modern technology, it doesn’t matter where you live, we can still handle and file your entire divorce case.
So long as your case is within the boundaries of Oregon or Washington, we have licensed attorneys who can handle your entire uncontested case from beginning to end.
There isn’t any delay for you even if you live outside of driving distance. We work with all courts in Oregon and Washington to streamline your filing whether or not we are personally able to hand the documents to the judge. At most, if you live in a city like Spokane, outside a reasonable drive distance from our office, your divorce might be delayed by 1 or 2 days while the documents get sent overnight delivery to the judge that needs to sign them.
What States can you Represent me in?
Right now, we are licensed in both Oregon and Washington and can handle divorce and custody cases anywhere within these two states. We currently cannot handle matters in other states.
How do you determine how much my divorce or custody case will cost?
All uncontested cases range between $500 and $1,000. This is a single payment flat fee which covers all time we will need to spend on your case from beginning to end. An exact quote will be given to you on the phone based on how complex your situation seems to be.
I work during normal business hours and can’t easily find a time to call for a consultation, what are my options?
We can begin the process of an uncontested case for you via email if you prefer. Most people like to speak to us before beginning, as a divorce or custody case is an important step and it is nice for clients to get a feel for our skill level and knowledge through a direct conversation. For people who are okay skipping that step, we can handle everything via email and can take payment remotely at your convenience.
My spouse and I have talked and want to have an attorney handle our paperwork, but we are both nervous about being taken advantage of by the other person, how can you help?
This is a very common difficulty. Typically, when a divorce is happening there is a healthy lack of trust on both sides. What I recommend for people in this situation is for both of you to review this page of our website together so you can see what our goals are in handling your divorce.
Then, once you are both leaning towards using our services, we can schedule a joint consultation where you both can be present to hear what your consulting attorney has to say about your situation.
That way nobody is worried that the other person is trying to “pull one over” on them. If a joint telephone call is too stressful, then we can handle everything via email where both of you are included in all emails to the attorney so there is full transparency in the process.
In looking at your website it seems you handle contested cases too, does that mean you can handle our case if our agreement falls apart?
Yes and no. While our specialization is in uncontested divorce cases, the majority of the cases we handle as a business are contested cases. It would be nice if all of our clients were able to agree on what they want, but since that dream will likely never materialize, we have to handle a lot of contested divorce cases also. Depending on your situation, sometimes we can represent one of the parties if their “uncontested” case becomes “contested”, but sometimes we can’t. This question is linked to some specific ethical concerns that attorneys are bound by, so it question is best answered during a telephone consultation depending on your specific situation.
The old joke that a person who represents themselves has a fool for a client is not just a humorous statement. The problem with trying to handle something as life-changing as a divorce on your own is, quite simply, you don’t know what you don’t know. There are thousands of intricacies that should be considered in drafting your final divorce or custody order that an inexperienced person, no matter how careful, just won’t be able to foresee.
The pre-printed forms the court makes available for download provides only a skeleton foundation for people who are destitute and have no option other than to represent themselves. Filling out a form off the internet may ultimately get you divorced, but almost always leaves out countless important details that can come back to bite you later, often in extremely stressful, expensive ways.
We believe that our inexpensive divorce process saves you a lot of time and agony, and makes it well worth the cost. It eliminates all of the mistakes someone without litigation experience wouldn’t know they need to think about or include. If you are unsure whether you can handle your case on your own, we would be happy to talk with you more about this to make sure you are comfortable with our services. Give us a call toll-free at 1 (855) 328-9108 locally in the Portland Metro area at 1 (503) 855-4777, or feel free to e-mail us with any questions or to set up a meeting.