Next Steps

You can reach us in the way that works best for you.

Call us at 813.254.8500 between 9 am and 5 pm Monday-Thursday or between 9 am and noon on Friday.  Please note that we are usually closed for lunch.

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Or click over to our Contact Page and fill out the form; we will respond to you within 2 business days.

Initial Consultation

Our 60-90 minute initial consultation is one of the most important steps in your case.  It provides you an opportunity to learn about the legal processes and options available to you, start identifying your goals, and thinking about strategies to help you achieve them – whether legal action is underway, in the immediate future, or only a possibility (it never hurts to understand strategies and options before moving forward with the decision to divorce).   Understanding the divorce process and knowing what to expect is essential to help quell your fears.

The consultation also provides you with an opportunity to determine whether the Ware Law Group is a good fit for you and your case is a good fit for the Ware Law Group – in other words, can we help you achieve your goals?   In addition, for our professional relationship to be productive, we need to have a high level of trust in and respect for each other – we need to be able to communicate well and listen to one another.

Setting up your initial consultation is as easy as picking up the phone and scheduling a time that works for you. Our team will guide you through the scheduling process and advise you of any documentation or information you need to bring to help create a smooth process for you.

Call to schedule an appointment for your initial consultation at 813.254.8500.

Educate Yourself

If you are interested in an opportunity to meet us and learn about process options in a small group setting, we offer short informational programs twice a month.   These programs provide individuals and couples an opportunity to learn about mediation, collaborative divorce and litigation, and the differences between them.  This is an educational opportunity only.  We will not discuss your individual case, and the session and does not create an attorney-client relationship or any obligation between us – you do not have to use our services; we do not have to accept an engagement by you.

If you are interested in an opportunity to meet us and learn about process options in a small group setting, we offer short informational programs twice a month.  These programs provide individuals and couples an opportunity to learn about mediation, collaborative divorce, and litigation, and the differences between them. This is an educational opportunity only.  We will not discuss your individual case, and the session does not create an attorney-client relationship or any obligation between us  – you do not have to use our services; we do not have to accept an engagement by you.

The small group informational session takes 30-45 minutes, includes 1-7 participants, and costs $75 per person.

Call to schedule an appointment for your informational session to learn more about litigation, mediation, and collaborative divorce, at 813.254.8500.

A Note About Fees

We think it’s helpful to our future clients for us to be transparent about fees, and do not understand why our colleagues do not publish their fees.

Ellen’s initial consultation fee is $500, Bridget’s is $400.  The fee is payable when you arrive for your scheduled appointment.

Our small group informational session fee is $75 per person, payable at the time of scheduling.

Ellen’s hourly rates are:

$450 for representing clients in the Collaborative process (when both participants sign a Collaborative Participation Agreement);

$550 for representing clients in a traditional process (when there is no Collaborative Participation Agreement); and

$350 for acting as a neutral mediator.

Bridget’s hourly rate is $350.

Each of our paralegals is billed at the hourly rate of $125 for paralegal work.

For all representation of clients in collaborative and non-collaborative matters, we require a refundable retainer which is determined at the time of the initial consultation.  The retainer varies from case to case but is usually between $5,000 and $15,000.

We also offer a $3,900 flat fee for an uncontested divorce – the fee includes the court-imposed filing fee, and the initial consultation fee can be applied to the total, leaving $3,400 due after payment of the initial consultation fee.  The $3,400 balance is paid in two installments of $1,700 each.

Finally, we take a small number of clients on a “limited appearance” basis and require smaller retainers for those representations.  Limited appearance representation may not be right for you though, because it does not offer all of the benefits of the alternative, more common, general appearance representation.