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Guardianship

Guardianships are a legal way for someone to make decisions for another person, called a ward.

The ward has to be unable to make his or her own decisions. This can be because of the ward’s age – anyone under the age of 18 must have someone in charge and responsible for him or her. Usually it is a parent, but if a parent is unavailable or unable to care for a child then another adult – friend, grandparent, godparent, aunts, uncles can be appointed guardian. 

If the ward is an adult but is mentally unable to make his or her own decisions, because of a coma or dementia or any other reason, then an adult can be in charge of him or her too.

How Much Does Guardianship Cost?

Some guardianship cases are relatively straightforward, but others may involve disputes between family members.

Our flat fee for an uncontested non-emergency guardianship is $2500, plus costs. Costs are dependent on the doctor’s fee to testify and if the court requires them to appear in person or via videoconferencing. The law changed recently to require the doctor’s live testimony – an affidavit is no longer sufficient for an adult ward.

All fees include communication with client, opposing counsel and court related to that stage, including negotiations, advice, counsel, and settlement of the matter up to but not including a preparation appointment.

All hearing fees include complete and thorough preparation by the attorney and with client in a separate preparation appointment at least 2 weeks before the event.

All uncontested fees include court appearances as required for uncontested matters.

Family Flat Fees:

  • 1st Stage of any Family-related Litigation
    • $2,500 flat fee, includes hearing if by agreement.
      For example: adoption, paternity, child support, guardianship, termination of guardianship, visitation or custody issues, contempt, divorce, post-divorce issues.
  • High Priority/Emergency Expedited
    • +$1,500
Additional Fees May Apply To Your Case (click to view)

Flat fees do not include contested hearings or trials unless specified.

Out of pocket costs are in addition to all legal fees listed

Some additional fees may be required by your case, such as:

  • Warning order surcharge: $750
  • Private investigator surcharge: $750
  • Motion to Extend Time for Anything: $350
  • Motion to Compel Discovery (responding or filing): $500
  • All other Motions/Briefs: $1000+
  • Phone conference with Court/OPC: $500
  • Rescheduled Hearing: $500
  • Rescheduled preparation appointment fee: $250
  • Withdrawal fee: $500
  • Closing fee: $350
  • Subpoenas: $100/each (unless related to deposition)
  • One Round of Written Discovery (any combination under 100 questions) GF letter: $2500
  • Mediation/Settlement Conferences (includes preparation and attendance):
    • ½ day - $1,500
    • Full day - $2,500
  • Taking a Deposition (includes scheduling, subpoenaing, preparation, and taking):
    • ½ day - $2,000
    • Full day -  $3,000
    • Additional days - $1,000 each
  • Defending a Deposition:
    • ½ day - $750
    • Full day - $1,250
    • Additional days - $750 each
  • Hearings/Bench Trials:
    • 1 hr hearing - $1,750
    • 2hr hearing - $2,500
    • ½ day hearing - $3,500
    • Full day hearing - $6,000
    • Additional consecutive days - $4,000 each

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