What are the costs?
One of the greatest barriers to advice is fear of the cost.
Of course, I would argue that my advice very often saves far more than it costs, but the cost, nevertheless, is there.
In all aspects of my work, I charge fees.
I charge an hourly rate for my time, regardless of the nature of the work that I have been commissioned to do or the number of people involved. I feel that this is the fairest way of ensuring that my clients know where they stand.
However, if it is possible to do so and the nature of the work allows it, I am happy to agree a fixed fee for specific projects.
Although the nature of the Financial Services industry is ever-changing, it is still possible in certain circumstances for commissions to be generated, or fees charges via financial products.
In these instances, I will allow clients to choose to use these payments to settle fees, if they
However, I will only do this to the level of the fees agreed and only then if I am certain that the client understands the implication of selecting this method of payment.
If you have any questions about cost, please do not hesitate to contact me for an informal chat about your circumstances.
My promise to clients is that they will always be fully aware of my costs, before the work starts and that there will be a regular account of fees as they accrue.
Of course, there is also the emotional cost to consider, for you and those around you.
It is my experience that alternatives to the traditional court process, such as Mediation and Collaborative Law can certainly reduce the long term effect of separation and divorce, because the participants are in control of the process.
Of course, this is not the right choice for everyone.