Why Choose Attorney Flessas?
Robert represents divorce clients in the Wisconsin counties of Milwaukee and Waukesha. He represents your best interest during the entire divorce process, including the equal division of your marital property and resolution of child support and placement issues. He offers good advice and workable solutions during the course of your divorce.
Attorney Fee and Retainer
Attorney fees are broken down into time blocks based upon the 4 basic steps required in all divorces.
STEP #1 – FILING OF THE CASE AND NOTICE TO SPOUSE
A divorce case starts with the preparation and filing of the divorce documents with the Court. Your spouse is required to receive Notice that your divorce has been filed. This block takes approximately 2.5 hours of time. There is an additional filing fee that must be paid to the court.
STEP #2 – PRETRIAL CONFERENCE
Usually when minor children are involved in the case, a pretrial hearing is set to create a Temporary Court Order governing custody and placement of your minor children while your divorce is pending. This block takes approximately 2 hours of time.
STEP #3 – PREPARATION AND FILING OF FINAL DIVORCE DOCUMENTS
Divorce courts require the preparation and filing of 2 important documents: (1) Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law, and Judgment of Divorce, and (2) the Marital Settlement Agreement. These documents memorialize your divorce and set forth the rules going forward. This block takes approximately 2 to 4 hours of time.
STEP $4 – FINAL DIVORCE HEARING
This is the final step – the Court conducts a hearing and grants your divorce. Both spouses testify and the judge makes findings that are incorporated into your final divorce documents. This block takes approximately 2 hours of time.
The total of all 4 blocks should provide you with an idea of your minimum retainer fee.
Keep in mind that the above time blocks apply to divorces incorporating cooperation and compromise. Some divorces cost more due to unreasonable conduct by either or both parties.
Attorney Robert Flessas specializes in being reasonable and effective with the other attorney, while still negotiating fair terms of your divorce.
WHAT AREAS OF LAW CAN BE PART OF DIVORCE?
Attorney Flessas incorporates his expertise in the areas of real estate, contract law and bankruptcy in a divorce.
Marital Home (Real Estate Law)
Many couples seeking divorce own a marital home and sometimes, investment property. Real property (real estate) is subject to division according to Wisconsin marital property law. Attorney Flessas understands real estate law, not only as a real estate attorney, but with his 32 years of real estate brokerage experience. He knows the value of real estate, how to deal with real estate brokers, title companies, inspections, defects and working with other professionals associated with a real estate transaction.
When there is equity in the home, just like any other marital asset, home equity must be divided. Methods to achieve division include one spouse refinancing the property and paying the other spouse their share of the equity. Another method is the complete sale of the real estate and disbursing the equity at closing to each spouse.
Marital Settlement Agreement (Contract Law)
Contract law is another important component in divorce, not only in dealing with a martial real estate transaction, but in the final agreement that sets forth the terms of the divorce.
The Marital Settlement Agreement (MSA) is the contract between both spouses that governs any post-divorce issues. These can include asset distribution, retirement account and income equalization, child placement and support and spousal maintenance.
Marital Debt (Bankruptcy Law)
Divorce also contemplates the division of both assets AND debt. Massive debt plays a big role in destroying a marriage. Debt is allocated in the MSA. Attorney Flessas’ bankruptcy experience provides a strategic advantage for his divorce clients. Questions: Should the debt be eliminated before or after the divorce? Was the debt created during the marriage? Does debt allocated to one spouse return to haunt the other spouse after the divorce?
Divorce always includes the interrelation of multiple areas of the law. Clients of Attorney Robert Flessas know and benefit from his experience.
If you’re looking for a divorce attorney that is reasonable, saves you money, protects your interest and is considerate and respectful of others in the divorce process, then Attorney Flessas may be the right choice for you.