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Law Office of Ted D. Billbe, PLLC
9 Lake Bellevue Drive
Suite 218
Bellevue, WA 98005

FAQ

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Do you charge for an initial consultation?

Yes, we charge a flat fee of $250 for an initial consultation that can last up to one hour.

What should I bring with me for the initial consultation?

If there is a legal case filed, or if you have been served with legal documents, bring the court documents with you. If your case involves financial issues, try to bring documents (if you have them) regarding assets, debts and household income. Bring your questions and be prepared to tell us your concerns and priorities.

Is the initial consultation confidential?

Yes. Our practice is based on trust and confidentiality which begins the moment you contact us.

I was just served with legal papers. Can you help me right away?

We will do our best. If there is a court hearing or any type of deadline, make sure and let us know when you contact us. We will do our best to accommodate your needs.

What if my spouse wants a divorce and I do not?

If a spouse alleges that the marriage is irretrievably broken, the court will proceed with the divorce process. There is no requirement that a spouse prove fault or other “grounds” for a divorce.

Do you have any focus in your practice?

We work exclusively on divorce and other family law matters. Because of our background in financial matters, we tend to focus on cases that involve complex financial matters involving business or property valuation or tracing issues. Our clients are often professionals or self-employed persons or a spouse of a professional or self-employed person.

Do you typically represent men or women?

Both. Our clients tend to be about half men and half women.

Can you represent both my spouse and me?

We cannot represent both spouses, but we can represent you and work directly with your spouse to document a settlement if your spouse wishes to proceed without an attorney.

Do you use mediation?

Yes. Mediation is one way of resolving a case out of court. We routinely help our clients^ prepare for and participate in mediation. We have experience with most of the local family law mediators.

Are you aggressive?

We always advocate vigorously for our clients, whether in court or in negotiations, but we are not needlessly aggressive or litigious. Our experience and judgment enable us to achieve the best results through careful preparation and effective, respectful advocacy.

How long does a divorce take?

When spouses agree on the terms for their divorce, the process can be completed from filing to decree in about three months. If there are disagreements about finances or provisions for the children, it can take a year or longer to conclude the case. In contested cases we work closely with our clients to conclude the case as swiftly as possible while also working hard to achieve the desired outcome.

How much does a divorce cost?

Every case is different and the final costs depend on many variables. For most cases we charge by the hour at rates that are in line with other experienced family lawyers. We help our clients evaluate and weigh their options so they can make the major decisions that influence costs. We are comfortable having our clients work alongside us where possible to hold down costs.

Do I have to pay a retainer?

Yes. We require each new client to pay an advance fee deposit. We generally require a deposit in the range of $3,500 to $10,000. The amount varies depending on the circumstances of each case. We discuss the amount of advance fee deposit during the initial consultation.

Do you accept credit cards?

Yes, we accept MasterCard and VISA.