Consultation & Fees | Miles Mason Family Law Group, PLC
Your Confidential Consultation
$300.00 flat fee. See discussion below for more details.
Retainer for Divorces and Hourly Rates
$3,500.00 minimum retainer.
Imprortant: The retainer amount for any particular matter will be determined by the attorney at the conclusion of the consultation. See below for discussion of special circumstances requiring larger retainers.
$2,500.00 for certain divorces without children, or estates without a pension, or 401(k).
Attorneys charge hourly rates ranging from $150.00 to $350.00 per hour. Paralegals and staff professionals charge hourly rates from $85.00 to $130.00 per hour. Rates are subject to change without updating this page. Retainers and hourly rates charged by outside professionals, such as appraisers, forensic accountants, or forensic psychologists, will be quoted in advance by those professionals and are billed separately.
Retainer for Certain Divorces, Out of Town Clients, and Legal Matters Filed After Divorce
$5,000.00 minimum retainer for matters involving custody disputes, custody modification, divorces with larger estates, business valuations, or utilization of forensic accountants and other expert witnesses, parental relocation, alimony modification, clients residing outside Memphis (or where the case is being heard), and matters which have already had a substantial amount of legal proceedings including those requiring substitution for existing legal counsel.
Child Support Modification
$1,000.00 minimum retainer.
Drafting Prenuptial Agreements
$5,000.00 minimum retainer.
Review of Prenuptial Agreements drafted by another attorney
$750.00 minimum. Flat fee or hourly rate options available.
Other Family Law Matters
Retainers vary by complexity of matter. Normally, final determinations of retainer amounts provided only following a confidential consultation.
More about Confidential Consultations
During your confidential consultation, subject to the attorney-client privilege, we attempt to answer as many questions as possible. We take the time to understand your situation, your needs, and your goals. After learning about you, we can give you tailored advice which can save you significant time, money, and stress. To read more about our team approach and what makes us different, read About Us.
You will pre-pay the consultation fee and because there is a flat fee for the consultation, you need not worry that “the clock is ticking” if the consultation lasts a bit more than an hour. You are encouraged to take the time to be sure you are getting the advice you need and that you understand your legal options. If your consultation takes significantly longer than an hour, you will be charged the lawyer’s hourly rate. But, you will be informed well in advance that an additional fee will be charged. At any time during or after the consultation, you may choose to retain our firm. For your convenience, Miles Mason Family Law Group, PLC, accepts Visa, MasterCard and American Express.
Every person consulting with us receives a complimentary copy of Miles Mason, Sr.’s book The Tennessee Divorce Client’s Handbook: What Every Divorcing Spouse Needs to Know. If you are consulting with us for a possible divorce, if you have time, we recommend you down-laod our fee e-Book, Your First Steps: 7 Steps Planning Your Tennessee Divorce.
If you are considering retaining our firm, the consultation provides an excellent opportunity for you to become acquainted with our professional team, who will be there to help you throughout your case. The consultation is confidential and subject to the attorney-client privilege, even if you do not retain us.
Feel free to inquire at any time before, during, or after the consultation about the costs of any future representation. We want you to feel comfortable with the arrangements so that you can get the most out of your visit with us. For many clients, we are the first law firm they have ever engaged. We welcome all questions. Every case is different, and as a result, attorney’s fees can vary greatly from case to case. While it is impossible to forecast at the front end exactly how long any case will take, we will endeavor during your consultation to give you our best estimate of how much time your case could take and what you could potentially end up paying in attorney’s fees, expenses, and costs. Furthermore, even though your case might involve various unforeseen factors, we will provide a candid and straightforward analysis of what the costs of your case might be.
A “telephone consultation” is just like a regular consultation, except for the fact that it occurs over the telephone. The same consultation fee applies and must be paid in advance.
If you are visiting us for consultation, please understand, however, that, even though you may have decided you would like to engage our firm, we reserve the unconditional right not to represent you. There are many reasons why we might decide not to represent you, but if we make such a decision, it should never be taken personally.
Important goals for the consultation include making you feel comfortable, determining the unique problems you face in the circumstances of your case, obtaining necessary information to evaluate and plan your case, and collaborating to set goals. We perform an initial analysis, looking at known facts, the law, the strengths of your case, and the weaknesses of the case. Great care is taken in helping you choose what course of action is best for you and your family. This early analysis includes decisions regarding the investigation and legal research necessary to accomplish your goals.
After becoming a client, you should meet the rest of the team and receive additional reading material and a homework packet. These resources and tools have been painstakingly prepared to provide a concise and definitive introduction to the divorce process, forming the basis for our giving the attention to detail to their cases which our clients demand. Many of the homework exercises have been specially created by the Miles Mason Family Law Group, PLC after receiving feedback from previous clients about the most effective ways to share important information.
For reviews of our firm from former clients, see Testimonials and Client Reviews.
To Schedule a Consultation or For More Information
We look forward to the possibility of meeting with you. If you wish to arrange a consultation with one of our attorneys, please simply call us at and ask to speak to a paralegal or a legal secretary with the Family Law Practice Group. After providing some basic information to help us know more about you, we will assist you with questions you may have regarding our services, our fees, and our charge for consultations. Then you can choose to schedule an appointment for your consultation. Please arrive about fifteen (15) minutes before your appointment to complete some basic paperwork and make financial arrangements.
Important Details About Retainers and Rates
A retainer is an amount paid to secure representation when a client engages a law firm. Retainer amounts and corresponding terms and conditions vary greatly from one law firm to another. The Miles Mason Family Law Group, PLC requires that a retainer be paid before representation begins. Our retainers are fully refundable, after being reduced by all charges for the work performed on the case prior to issuing the refund. No part of the retainer is deemed earned when paid. In other words, the retainer is merely a down-payment against future legal services. Also, we require that clients maintain all or most of the retainer balance at all times during representation. At the conclusion of the matter, the retainer balance is refunded. We reserve the right to increase the retainer ranges and rates without notice or update to this web site. For pre-nuptial agreements, child support modification and enforcement, alimony modification and enforcement, adoptions, and all other family law related matters, retainer ranges vary greatly.
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
When possible, we will make accommodations to meet after hours or on weekends.
Why We Cannot Answer Legal Questions Over E-mail
We often receive e-mail from individuals seeking legal advice. Some ask simple questions. Some are desperate pleas for help. We cannot answer questions, give legal advice, or quote retainer ranges or fee rates over e-mail for several reasons. Also, we will not schedule consultations via e-mail.
First, we provide legal advice to clients only. Several things would need to happen before Miles Mason Family Law Group, PLC, could agree to accept a new client. When a person calls for the first time, the firm must do a conflict check to see whether accepting the new client would present a conflict with any existing clients of the firm. To do this, we would need to know your full name and address and the identity of any parties adverse to you. It would also be necessary for you to tell us, without revealing any confidential information, the general nature of your family law problem. If our conflict check does not reveal any known conflicts, then we would be able to proceed. We would describe our billing rates and policies to you. In general, we charge by the hour plus expenses and only rarely perform fixed-fee work, except for certain small tasks that are predictable in scope. Thus, the cost to you for our services is determined by how long it takes us to do whatever you have asked us to do. Our hourly rates are adjusted from time to time and vary somewhat according to the complexity and scope of the matter.
Second, in order to answer questions accurately, we may need to ask you several questions or review documents, which cannot easily be done via e-mail.
Third, because there is no confidentiality with e-mail, some authorities have suggested that this would be a violation of ethical restrictions. Also, we have no way to know whether or not the person is who he or she claims or is already represented by another attorney.
Transmission and receipt of materials, including e-mail, via this web site or directly to the firm’s attorneys do not create an attorney-client relationship. Persons who have not retained our firm’s services who elect to transmit e-mail to the firm or an attorney of the firm should have no expectation of any protected privilege, and Miles Mason Family Law Group, PLC, reserves the right to disclose said transmissions to other persons. We do not, and cannot, guarantee the security of e-mail communications.