Statistics show in some states about 75% of divorces and 60% of bankruptcies are done without lawyers.

Many law firms, in many states, now not only employ paralegals, BUT will bill you for their paralegal’s time–anywhere from $75 to $150 an hour.


  • Make sure that they are licensed with the state and have no complaints filed.

  • Be sure to ask the paralegal what exactly their fees cover. Do they charge an hourly rate? Does their flat rate include providing you with self-help information? Will they be filing your paperwork for you? Does the paralegal’s fee include the court filing fee?

  • Hire a paralegal service that advertises honestly. Ads that say something like, “Divorce Preparation Just $199” is not one of them.

  • Hire a paralegal who belongs to a professional association.

  • Hire a paralegal who recognizes the possibility that some situations may require an attorney. A trustworthy paralegal will not hesitate to tell you when your situation is beyond the scope of a non-attorney. A good paralegal will even help you find an affordable alternative.

Published by debmarinovic

I provide assistance in many areas of law with specialization in litigation and alternative dispute resolution. I am certified by the Supreme Court of Arizona. My experience includes corporate career with Fortune 500 Company, American Express and Best Western International. I am a writer, nature and animals’ lover and positive thinker. I write just about everything that touched my heart and mind! I enjoy traveling. I like to learn about the people and what makes us become who we are.

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