Domestic Partnership Lawyers | Rehoboth Beach Office | Serving Seaford, DE
19354 Miller Rd, Building C, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
Lead Counsel independently verifies Domestic Partnership attorneys in Seaford and checks their standing with Delaware bar associations.Our Verification Process and Criteria
A domestic partnership occurs when cohabitating couples who are not legally married decide to formalize their union. The partnership agreement addresses many issues, from ownership of shared property and joint bank accounts to child custody and how assets will be divided should they break up.
When assets are commingled, legal difficulties can arise when couples separate. A domestic partnership agreement, like a business contract, determines what shall occur should they split. It is in the interest of both parties to have a Seaford domestic partnership lawyer law draft the partnership agreement to avoid future conflicts.
In legal practice, experience matters. An experienced attorney will likely have handled issues similar to yours many, many times. Therefore, after listening to your situation, the attorney should have a reasonable idea of the time line for a case like yours and the likely resolution.
Prepare for your consultation by writing down notes of your understanding of the case, jot down questions and concerns for the attorney, and gather your documents. Remember that you are trying to get a sense of whether the attorney has your trust and can help you address your legal issues. Questions should include how the attorney intends to resolve your issue, how many years he/she has been practicing law and specifically practicing in your area, as well as how many cases similar to yours the attorney has handled. It can also be helpful to broach the subject of fees so that you understand the likely cost and structure of your representation by a specific attorney and/or legal team.
Bill by the hour: Many attorneys bill by the hour. How much an attorney bills you per hour will vary based on a number of factors. For instance, an attorney’s hourly fee may fluctuate based on whether that hour is spent representing you in court or doing research on your case. Attorneys in one practice area may bill you more than attorneys in a different practice area.
Contingent fee: Some lawyers will accept payment via contingent fee. In this arrangement, the lawyer receives a percentage of the total monetary recovery if you win your lawsuit. In sum, the lawyer only gets paid if you win. Contingent fee agreements are limited to specific practice areas in civil law.
Flat fee: For “routine” legal work where the attorney generally knows the amount of time and resources necessary to complete the task, he/she may be willing to bill you a flat fee for services performed.
Affidavit – A sworn written statement made under oath. An affidavit is meant to be a supporting document to the court assisting in the verification of certain facts. An affidavit may or may not require notarization.