FAQ

For your convenience, here are some common client questions.  For more detailed information, reach the office directly at 609-904-3020.

Q: Do you charge a consultation fee?  Why?

A:  Yes.  The consultation fee is currently $200.  Why?  Because lawyers do more than just file or prepare legal paperwork.  Our primary skill is giving legal advice and guidance to our clients.  Each client has different needs.  Those needs are dictated by the facts of each person’s situation.   When you meet with Stephanie Albrecht-Pedrick, you will receive advice, information, suggestions and a roadmap of what to expect based on different avenues of action.  Whether or not you choose to formally retain Stephanie, you will leave the office with information you can use and a sense of what to expect based on the information you provided.

Q:  How much will my divorce cost?

A:  This is a very legitimate question; unfortunately, it is impossible to answer.  There are many factors which can increase costs or save you money.  Stephanie understands that money is a significant driving force behind client decisions.  She will do her best to give you a possible cost range based on potential scenarios and action plans.

Q:  What is Guardianship?

A:  Guardianship is a legally established authoritative relationship.   Other than in a family court context, guardianships are handled in probate court.  Guardianships are necessary when disabled children reach the age of majority (18), or when adults become mentally incapacitated due to an injury or progressive disease such as dementia or Alzheimer’s.    A guardianship is more expansive than a power of attorney.  Guardianships are authorized by the Court when an individual has been declared mentally incapacitated and unable to manage their own affairs.

Q:  Will you just prepare the paperwork so I can go to court myself?

A:  No.  If only it were that easy.  First, a lot of what goes into preparation of legal documents involves understanding legal analysis and nuanced arguments that are not set forth on paper.   Legal Argument is both an art and a skill.  It is not simply repeating the information from the paperwork.  It means creating a comparison and a contrast of the facts relevant to the case at hand, with others from the past, or hypothetical scenarios, based on split-second judgment or anticipation of the Court’s question.  Second, a lawyer’s reputation comes from the quality of the paperwork and the lawyer’s ability to artfully and skillfully persuade an adversary or the court.  A lawyer should never attach their name to a document if they do not intend to see it through.

Q:  Can you recommend attorneys for other legal issues?

A:  Yes.  Stephanie is very active in the legal community and the local and state Bar Associations.  Her broad professional network of colleagues and friends means she can quickly and easily refer you to a lawyer who will serve your legal needs.