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Family Law

FAQ

What do you charge?

Basic fee structure:

Kevin Puckett Attorney at Law, LLC requires that an initial retainer deposit (advanced fee) be paid prior to beginning representation as set forth in our domestic retainer agreement. The initial retainer deposit is an advance by the client for future legal services. You will be told the initial deposit amount (advanced fee) during your initial consultation and will never owe a penny more than the initial retainer deposit BUT two exceptions: 1. If your case is prepared for trial or 2. Your case goes to trial. Thus, if any one of these two exceptions occur, and after said initial retainer fee is exhausted, our services are billed on an hourly rate as set forth in our domestic retainer agreement. 

We require that clients maintain a current balance at all times during representation. However, if there is a balance at the conclusion of your case, you will receive a refund of the remaining balance. Please note that a case does not conclude the day a judgment is entered, but when appeal deadlines and/or time-limits for post-trial motions have passed after the entry of the judgment. Thus, please note that in some cases the client may owe money at the end of the case.

For your convenience, we accept debit and credit cards (Visa, Discover, MasterCard and American Express) as well as Money Orders, Cash or personal/business checks. If you decide to arrange a consultation with one of our attorneys, please simply call us to make the appointment.

To schedule your initial free consultation, you can  fill out the form on the contact page or cal 816-384-1640.

Can I make my opponent pay my attorney’s fees?

This is entirely contingent upon the circumstances of your case. We may ask the court to order the other party to pay/reimburse you for your attorney’s fees and expenses, but such a request is not guaranteed to be granted by the court. Thus, it is up to the judge’s discretion whether or not to grant such an award of attorney fee based on the facts of your individual case. Therefore, your initial retainer deposit (advance fee) is still required to begin your case and you are, ultimately, responsible for all attorney’s fees and expenses of litigation that are incurred. Any reimbursement or award by the court will be applied to your bill as the fees are received. Any excess will be refunded to you when the case is complete.

What if I can’t afford to hire an attorney, will the court appoint one for me?

Unfortunately, in family law cases, the court is not required to provide you with an attorney and will not do so but for very rare cases. If you would like to hire Kevin Puckett Attorney at Law, LLC, you would need to apply for a loan or credit card. For your convenience, we accept debit and credit cards (Visa, Discover, MasterCard and American Express) as well as Money Orders, Cash or personal/business checks. However, if you do not qualify for a loan or a credit card, you might consult Legal Services of Western District of Missouri, Catholic Legal Services, Legal Aid of Western Missouri or Mid-Missouri Legal Services.

How long will my case take?

How long your case takes, in many respects, is contingent upon how cooperative the parties are and how complex the issues. As mentioned above, every case is different and providing a prognostication of length for your individual family law case would be speculation at best.

How do I schedule an appointment?

If you are considering setting up an initial consultation with Kevin Puckett Attorney at Law. LLC, or hiring, you must call into the office to schedule such an appointment or to request an electronic retainer agreement be emailed to you. Please note as well that we aggressively represent both men and women

All potential clients will meet with an attorney for their initial consultation. This consultation is YOUR time, so the better prepared you are, the more we can help you. During your initial consultation the attorney will review all relevant aspects of your family law case (child custody/support, division of assets/debt, alimony/maintenance as well as many other topics). We will perform an initial analysis, and we can determine whether representation would be mutually beneficial.

If a client does not hire us at the initial consultation, it is often vital that a potential client then hire another attorney immediately, especially if there is a pressing or pending legal matter.

To schedule your initial free consultation, you can  fill out the form on the contact page or cal 816-384-1640.

Can I do an initial consultation in person-over the telephone or through video consultation?

Yes, for the convenience  Kevin Puckett Attorney at Law, LLC does ALL three. A telephone consultation or video conference is the same as an in-person consultation, except for the fact that it occurs via telephone or by video conference. At any point during or after the consultation, you may choose to work with our firm.

To schedule your initial free consultation, you can  fill out the form on the contact page or cal 816-384-1640.