Services and Fees

At Miranda Family Law, we realize that only a very small percentage of the population can afford to pay hundreds of dollars in attorney fees per hour. Typically, attorney fees range from $300 – over $500 per hour. As a family law associate, I was routinely billed out at $300 per hour. On more than one occasion I heard other attorneys state that they hoped they never needed an attorney because they couldn’t afford to hire one. The fact is, that attorney’s fees have become increasingly more bloated. Attorneys do everything to justify these excessive fees, but the truth is that many are denied access to experienced and competent counsel because they cannot afford the legal fees. To combat this problem, Ms. Miranda has structured her hourly fees on a sliding scale basis. Mrs. Miranda also offers limited scope representation also called unbundled representation to assist clients. Fees for limited scope are set on a flat fee basis, while full fees are based upon the hourly rates below. Mrs. Miranda’s rates are well below average, even for the highest tier in the fee scale. The rates, based upon annual gross income of the client are as follows: 

Hourly Rates Based Upon Annual Gross Income of Client
Client's Income Hourly Rate
Tier 1 $150,000 and above $280.00
Tier 2 $149,999 - $120,000 $260.00
Tier 3 $119,999 - $100,000 $240.00
Tier 4 $99,999 - $80,000 $220.00
Tier 5 $79,999 - $0 $200.00

 

The Following Services are Unbundled or Limited Scope Representation Services for Self Represented Parties:  

 

If you have paid us to prepare documents for you, then a consultation with the attorney will be necessary in order for us to learn the facts necessary to prepare your documents.  There is no extra charge for the consultation, up to one hour.  However, if you want us to review documents you’ve prepared, consult with you on your case, or edit documents you have prepared, please refer to the fees for consultation below.  Fees listed do not include filing fees required by the court.  Ask us about filing fee waivers, if you meet the court’s income requirements 

 

 

UNCONTESTED DIVORCE 

UNCONTESTED DIVORCE: $800.00 (DOES NOT INCLUDE $435.00 FIRST APPEARANCE FEE) payable to court.  Includes one hour meeting with attorney.  

 

CONTESTED HEARINGS/ATTORNEY APPEARANCE  

ANY ONE DAY HEARING with time estimate of one hour or less $600.00 per morning or afternoon appearance 

ANY ONE DAY HEARING with time estimate of one hour or more $1200 PER DAY.  

 

STARTING YOUR CASE AND TEMPORARY ORDERS 

INITIAL PLEADINGS TO BEGIN DIVORCE OR PATERNITY CASE: $300.00 ($435.00 filing fee to court + $30.00 in efiling fee)  

PREPARATION OF RFO OR RESPONSE or EXPARTE: $300.00 - $500.00 depending on complexity ($90-$150.00 filing fee payable to court) Highly complex: $800-$1000 

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE RESTRAINING ORDER:  $350.00 

RESPONSE TO RESTRAINING ORDER $200.00 

PREPARATION OF MANDATORY DISCLOSURES:  $350.00 includes, Income and Expense, Schedule of Assets and Debts, Declaration of Disclosure, Proof of Service of Declaration of Disclosure and Service by Mail on Opposing Party.  

 

TRIAL AND MISC DOCS 

TRIAL BRIEF $500.00 10 PAGES OR LESS 

TRIAL/HEARING EXHIBIT LIST: $100.00 ($50.00 per page after first page) 

TRIAL/HEARING WITNESS LIST: $100.00 ($50.00 per page after first page) 

REQUEST FOR JUDICIAL NOTICE: $100.00 

TRIAL/HEARING QUESTIONS: $100.00 per 40 custom questions (does not include doc review or consultation) 

MISC PLEADINGS: $100.00 for preparation first two pages.  $50.00 per page thereafter 

HEARING TEMPLATE SHEETS:  $50.00 per issue, ie custody, visitation, child support, spousal support 

 

DISCOVERY   

PREPARE SPECIAL INTERROGATORIES $500.00 PER 35 OR LESS  

PREPARE DISCOVERY DOCUMENT REQUEST (includes mail service on opposing party):  $200.00 (If we give the document request to you to fill in yourself the cost is $100.00) 

REQUEST FOR ADMISSIONS $500.00 FOR 35 OR LESS QUESTIONS 

FORM INTERROGATORIES (includes mail service on opposing party:  $100.00 

SUBPOENAS: $100.00 + $100.00 additional dollars for custom document request attachment 

ATTEND DEPOSITION TO DEPOSE OPPOSING PARTY AT DEPOSITION/INCLUDES PREPARATION OF QUESTIONS FOR HEARING $1000.00 per day  

 

RESPONDING TO DISCOVERY   

RESPOND TO DOCUMENT REQUEST $500.00 

RESPOND TO 35 OR LESS SPECIAL INTERROGATORIES: $500.00 

PREPARE MOTION TO COMPEL $500.00 - $700.00 depending on number of demands 

PREPARE MOTION TO COMPEL FURTHER RESPONSES: $1000.00 

ATTEND DEPOSITION IN RESPONSE TO NOTICE TO APPEAR OR SUBPOENA TO DEFEND CLIENT: $600.00 per every four hours. 

 

COMMUNICATIONS 

EMAILS: $50.00 per email from/to opposing counsel or other third parties on behalf of client. (We do not charge for communications to establish your case with us or if you have questions regarding work we are doing for you).  

IN PERSON MEETINGS WITH CLIENT FOR ADVICE ON CASE OR DOCUMENT REVIEW: $50.00 each ½ hour.  

DOCUMENT REVIEW ONLINE/EMAIL $50.00 up to ten pages of document, $5.00 per page thereafter 

PHONE CALLS WITH CLIENT OR ON CLIENT’S BEHALF: $25.00 up to 15 minutes 

REVIEW LETTERS: $20.00 

LETTERS $100.00 PER PAGE if mailed $50.00 if emailed 

 

SERVICE OF DOCUMENTS 

PERSONAL SERVICE OF PLEADINGS: $60.00 (this service is available if we are preparing your documents 

MAIL SERVICE OF DOCUMENTS:  $35.00 (includes filling out proof of service and dropping documents in mail. Does not include postage charges)  

 

WHEN YOU JUST NEED BLANK FORMS 

EMAIL BLANK JUDICIAL COUNCIL FORMS TO CLIENT $10.00 (charge is per form not per page) 

Testimonials

“Julia Miranda restored my confidence and faith in attorneys. She is reliable and actually does what she says she will do. She was exceptional at researching legal issues and precedents, enabling her to present my case in an intelligent and thorough manner. This resulted in her writing an excellent brief and in presenting a logical and winning argument.”

Mrs. Adrienne Gillett