We love helping and we’re good at it.
Think of a legal coach as your ‘on-call’ lawyer — providing you with legal advice and real, practical assistance with your divorce. You manage your case and handle the uncomplicated stuff. They jump in only when needed, operating behind the scenes. No complicated intake process, no retainers*, no mishigas. Just smart, kind lawyers keeping you on the right track.
Legal coaches answer these types of questions:
- Where should I start?
- Should I file a Response?
- Should I take the offer?
- What leverage do I have?
- How do I get a court date?
*Most lawyers require you to pay a ‘retainer’ to obtain legal assistance. The more work your lawyer does, the less money remains in your retainer (usually billed in tenths of an hour). If your retainer is exhausted, an additional retainer is demanded or bills become due as incurred.
At Hello Divorce, you pay as you go – that way you always know where you stand – with no hidden or unpredictable fees.
How Your Legal Coach will Help
Move your case forward if it gets ‘stuck’
Fix your documents if they’ve been ‘rejected’ by the court
Review documents and suggest revisions
Explain the child custody mediation process
Provide tips for negotiation and/or litigation
Guide you on how to file and serve documents
Set the strategy for your case and help you avoid costly mistakes
Perform legal research and analysis
Advise you of your rights and responsibilities
Get you off to a good start
Guide you through divorce
Advise you on how to limit financial disclosure
Provide advice while you mediate
Confirm whether you have a strong claim or defense
Explain court procedure
Teach you the law that applies to your case
Run child support or spousal support calculations
Is Legal Coaching Right for You?
Take our self-test: If you answer yes to all (or most) of these questions,
legal coaching might be the perfect choice for you!
|Does this sound like you?||Good Fit||May Not Benefit|
|Do you want to save money on legal fees?||Yes||No|
|Are you aiming for a businesslike and/or friendly relationship with your spouse when your divorce is finished?||Yes||No|
|Do you have good follow-through?||Yes||No|
|Can you separate your emotions from decisions involving kids, property and/or money?||Yes||No|
|Will you be able to handle your (other) life and work responsibilities too?||Yes||No|
|Do you want to maintain control over your divorce?||Yes||No|
|Are you willing to do a cost-benefit analysis at every stage to ensure you are devoting your time, energy and finances effectively?||Yes||No|
|Are you comfortable with delegating tasks that are legally complex?||Yes||No|
|Do you have a safe, quiet space (away from your children) to speak with your coach?||Yes||No|
About Our Legal Coaches
The Levine Family Law legal coaches listen to what you need – your priorities, intentions, goals and concerns. They use expertise, passion, outside-the-box problem-solving thinking to craft a legal strategy that will get you where you need to go.
Improve the likelihood of success while you represent yourself and negotiate your best result. Legal coaches can help you avoid costly mistakes by assisting you with all aspects of your divorce, including, but not limited to: providing tips for litigating your case; reviewing your documents and suggesting changes; reviewing a Marital Settlement Agreement or Judgment; answering questions along the way; explaining local rules or formal court procedure; and confirming whether you have a strong claim or defense.
A legal coach is for people who plan to do much of the heavy lifting in regards to their case, but may need a little help along the way.
Legal coaching is having a lawyer advise and direct you to the extent that you need. In legal coaching, the lawyer will act as a guide or an adviser and will help you to understand and grasp the fundamentals of the legal process. Unlike full representation — where the lawyer handles all aspects of your case and acts on your behalf — with legal coaching, your coach would be there to ensure that you are doing everything correctly.
A legal coach is for people who plan to do much of the heavy lifting in regards to their case but may need a little help along the way. For example, if you were unsure of what documents you needed to file and the time in which those documents should be filed, with legal coaching you would have a lawyer to assist you. A legal coach can also be beneficial in conjunction with mediation. In those instances, where you are receiving court-appointed mediation or mediating with a firm, a legal coach may be helpful to increase confidence in the mediation process and to ensure that you are receiving fair and equitable treatment. Legal coaching can also be used simply to get a second opinion or strategize increasing or decreasing support.