FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What does “pro se” mean?
Pro Se is a Latin phrase meaning "for one's self" or "on one's own behalf." In legal proceedings, it is used to describe a person involved in a legal action who does not have an attorney. However, even if you are not represented, you will be expected to know and follow the same rules and procedures that an attorney must follow. You will also be expected to have some familiarity with the laws of your case. Court staff and judges cannot and will not provide legal advice. Being your own attorney is like being your own auto mechanic. That is, unless you are an auto mechanic, it will take you much longer to do it right and you will make mistakes. The difference is, if your oil change goes wrong, you can probably fix it. If your divorce, paternity, or post-judgment action goes wrong, you will never replace lost time with your children, unpaid financial support, or property that you once owned. You can proceed pro se, but can you really afford to go it alone? If you are even a bit hesitant, talk to us. The attorneys at Divorce PRO Wisconsin are on call to help you with what you need, when you need it, and at a price tailored to fit your budget. Moreover, sound legal advice is included with every service, at no extra charge.
How much will Divorce PRO cost?
Divorce PRO Wisconsin offers a wide range of flat fee, family law services, a la carte and individually tailored to meet your needs. That is, you tell us what you want to accomplish in your case and we will put together a plan to get you the best result at the price you are willing to pay. Typically, our clients spend between $50.00 and $200.00 per service, and can expect to pay less than $1,000.00 to have one of our experienced family law attorneys guide them from start to finish. By comparison, the average cost to have a full-service law firm handle your divorce is more than ten times that amount with a hefty upfront fee besides. With Divorce PRO, getting it right does not need to cost you a bundle.
Is my personal information safe?
Yes. All attorneys are required to keep client information confidential, and this applies to the attorneys and staff at Divorce PRO. All information related to your case will be treated as privileged under the rules governing attorney-client relationships.
Is Divorce PRO Wisconsin my attorney?
Yes. When Divorce PRO accepts your request for services, you are being represented in the performance of that particular task and all duties owed by attorney to client apply, including confidentiality and due diligence. However, with Divorce PRO, once the task is completed, the representation is effectively terminated, unless or until another service is requested by you and accepted by your attorney. Divorce PRO is not a full-service law firm, so there are certain things we cannot do for you, such as appearing in court on your behalf. For almost everything else, however, the attorneys at Divorce PRO are on call and ready to help you.
How is Divorce PRO Wisconsin different from retaining a full-service law firm?
When you retain a full-service law firm, your attorney handles all aspects of your case from start to finish. In essence, you are giving control of your case to your attorney on the promise that he or she will act diligently and in your best interests. You can have the same peace of mind with Divorce PRO, but instead, you control your case, and consequently, you control the scope of the representation and the costs. From our extensive list of legal services, you decide what you want help with and what you want the attorneys at Divorce PRO to do for you. When the work is completed, you move ahead with your case until you need us again.
What is "limited scope representation" and how does it work?
"Limited scope representation," which is also referred to as "unbundled legal services," is a form of legal representation in which the lawyer and the client agree that the lawyer will provide some, but not all, of the legal work involved in a particular matter. In most cases, the lawyer works for an agreed-upon flat fee or one-time payment, the representation begins and ends with the performance of the assigned task, and the client assumes responsibility for the work the lawyer did not agree to provide. Divorce PRO is a law firm that offers unbundled legal services to clients who have decided to handle their family law case on their own, and who find themselves in need of help on a specific task (i.e., preparing a document), or in a specific instance (i.e., preparing for court), or who simply want sound legal advice and the right answers to their questions.
How do I know if Divorce PRO Wisconsin is for me?
Typically, it is not a good idea to start or maintain any type of legal action without the help of an attorney, and family law cases are no different. However, if you must go it alone, some help is better than none, and that is where Divorce PRO comes in. All prospective clients of Divorce PRO receive a free case evaluation, where we determine whether or not your best interests can be served under a limited scope representation format. If so, we will discuss with you how Divorce PRO works and how Divorce PRO can best serve you. If not, we will strongly recommend that you seek a full-service law firm. Simply put, Divorce PRO wants to make sure you are protected even if it means we have to turn you away.