Most Long Island Divorce Attorneys are honest, reputable professionals that want to do the best for their clients. There are, however, always a few bad apples that give a bad name to everybody in their industry, and the legal profession, although it should be, is no different.
There are many practicing attorneys who will promise their client everything they want in order to get the retainer, only to change their story once the case has been “discovered”. They will claim that your spouse will walk away with absolutely nothing and you as their client will get everything.
While incredibly appealing to some, this is simply not true. There are statutory laws in place in New York to prevent just that from happening. Even though you and your spouse are free to enter into any agreement you so choose, it is very unlikely that he or she will agree to walk away with nothing. If your spouse has a competent attorney, those chances are even slimmer.
We are solely committed to delivering the best outcome possible for you within the legal framework set by the state. We will work tirelessly to ensure that you receive what you want and deserve. We will effectively negotiate with your spouse and his or her attorney to reach a settlement that compensates you properly and ensures that you can move forward with your life. If your case proceeds to trial, we will zealously advocate to ensure your rights are protected and you are treated fairly under the law. We look forward to ensuring your post-divorce life begins on the right foot.
Do Not Sacrifice Your Long-Term Goals for Short-Term Gain
Attorneys and firms who promise you a “cheap” divorce may save you money upfront, but, unfortunately, they will cost you more money in the long run. While a cheap divorce may be a tempting option at a very tumultuous period in your life, it is important to remember that the outcome of your Long Island Divorce will stay with you, and your children, for the rest of your life. A cheap divorce will likely ensure that you do not receive all of what you are entitled to and you may be cheated out of something that is rightfully yours because your attorney can not spend the (uncompensated) time when he or she could be making money working on someone else’s case.
In order to fully protect your rights and ensure that you receive everything that you deserve, it is important to find an experienced Long Island Divorce Attorney that will work with you and advocate for you every step of the way. This may require that you spend more money upfront because an attorney with the skill and experience necessary will spend the time to do appropriate “discovery” to effectively represent you. Discovery is a pre-trial procedure in a lawsuit in which each party obtains evidence from the other party that is critical to ensure you get the proper information and legal counsel. A cheap lawyer simply cannot afford to take the time to perform these critical steps that can leave you short-changed for life.
Again, it is important to reiterate that the appropriate investment at the start can have long-lasting benefits. All too often, we have seen many people come in heartbroken and, quite frankly, angry that they did not receive what they were rightfully entitled to because their former attorney did not adequately represent their rights. These people then end up spending more to hire another attorney to try to fix the mistakes of the first. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that any attorney will be able to make substantial changes to your Divorce Agreement, once finalized.
It is important to again stress that an experienced Long Island Divorce Attorney can make all the difference. While we understand that everyone must live within their means, your future is something that you need to invest in. Investing in your post-divorce life is one of the easiest ways to ensure that you are satisfied with your future and have the resources necessary to move on with your life.
“My divorce was very difficult because my ex decided to be very adversarial about it and hired five different lawyers. However, I was fortunate to find Robert. He guided me through the various stages of the process, providing clear direction and informing me of options, impacts, and likely outcomes. He stood up for me and worked hard for a good settlement. Even when my ex and her lawyers wanted to drag things out Robert cut it short and pushed to end the case rather than add to my expenses. He made a painful experience easier. I highly recommend him.”
What is Discovery and Why is it so Important?
Discovery is the process by which attorneys obtain any and all relevant data pertaining to your divorce. The discovery process can bring forth banking statements, medical history, domestic violence incidents, any police reports related to the parties and children’s schooling records, if applicable, among other relevant information. Attorneys who are hired to complete a cheap divorce will not engage in the thorough discovery process that is required in order to protect your rights and assets in your Long Island Divorce.
Your Divorce Is an Investment in Your Future Happiness
The Divorce and Family Law firm of Robert E. Hornberger, Esq., P.C. is committed to keeping our fees as low as possible while ensuring you receive the representation you need and deserve. In reality, the cost of your divorce depends entirely upon its complexity and the willingness of all participants to communicate and compromise. Simply put, the faster we can resolve your case, the less it will cost. In all cases, however, our ultimate goal is to resolve your case as quickly and inexpensively as possible.
This process is so crucial to your divorce because without it, your attorney is in the dark. We cannot negotiate a fair and reasonable settlement between you and your spouse without all the relevant information. The information that surfaces as a result of discovery becomes our roadmap as we negotiate your settlement. For example, if there are assets being hidden or property is being transferred, discovery will bring that information to light. Without the proper, and complete, information, it is impossible to protect your rights and assets during your Long Island Divorce.
Experienced Long Island Divorce Attorneys understand the importance of the discovery process and how to obtain the information necessary to protect your future. We have years of experience handling discovery and using that information to get our clients a fair resolution of their case. As a result of our in-depth discovery process, we have protected countless clients from being cheated out of that to which they are rightfully entitled.
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