JUSTICE FOR ALL | PROGRAM LEVELS

EVERYONE DESERVES LEGAL REPRESENTATION

ONGOING REPRESENTATION

These are great options if you want ongoing representation but need a reduced rate because of your finances. We can represent you in all matters or we can handle specific tasks, such as preparing court filings, conducing discovery, and appearing and arguing on your behalf at mediation or in court. What we do is choice and at a significantly reduced rate.

Level I
$100/hour
w/$1,000 retainer
Who’s Eligible:  Individuals with Annual Income Up to $50,000 and Net Marital Assets Up to $50,000.
What We Do:
We represent you fully on your divorce or family law case, handling any or all litigation functions, including developing strategy, drafting documents, completing discovery, negotiating settlement, and representing you in hearings and at trial, as needed.
What You Do:
Your role in this type of representation is to direct us as to which matters to handle on your behalf and cooperate with us, getting us the information and documents we need in a timely manner so that we can efficiently bring your case to its conclusion.
Level II
$125/hour
w/$1,250 retainer
Who’s Eligible:  Individuals with Annual Income Up to $75,000 and Net Marital Assets Up to $75,000.
What We Do:
We represent you fully on your divorce or family law case, handling any or all litigation functions, including developing strategy, drafting documents, completing discovery, negotiating settlement, and representing you in hearings and at trial, as needed.
What You Do:
Your role in this type of representation is to direct us as to which matters to handle on your behalf and cooperate with us, getting us the information and documents we need in a timely manner so that we can efficiently bring your case to its conclusion.
Level III
$150/hour
w/$1,500 retainer
Who’s Eligible:  Individuals with Annual Income Up to $100,000 and Net Marital Assets Up to $100,000.
What We Do:
We represent you fully on your divorce or family law case, handling any or all litigation functions, including developing strategy, drafting documents, completing discovery, negotiating settlement, and representing you in hearings and at trial, as needed.
What You Do:
Your role in this type of representation is to direct us as to which matters to handle on your behalf and cooperate with us, getting us the information and documents we need in a timely manner so that we can efficiently bring your case to its conclusion.
Level IV
$175/hour
w/$1,750 retainer
Who’s Eligible:  Individuals with Annual Income Up to $150,000 and Net Marital Assets Up to $150,000.
What We Do:
We represent you fully on your divorce or family law case, handling any or all litigation functions, including developing strategy, drafting documents, completing discovery, negotiating settlement, and representing you in hearings and at trial, as needed.
What You Do:
Your role in this type of representation is to direct us as to which matters to handle on your behalf and cooperate with us, getting us the information and documents we need in a timely manner so that we can efficiently bring your case to its conclusion.

NON-COURT APPEARANCE OPTIONS

These options are great for clients who want the assistance of an attorney without the expense of full representation.
Counsel
$250 flat fee
Who’s Eligible: Everyone
What We Do:
Attorney Case Review and Assessment. We’ll review all information and documents you provide.
2-Hour Attorney/Client Review and Strategy Meeting. In this meeting, you’ll sit down with an experienced family law lawyer to discuss your case and to develop a case strategy designed to raise your chances of succeeding in settlement discussions and at trial. We’ll do additional meetings with you at $150/hour throughout your case as needed.
What You Do:
You provide all the relevant information and documents we need to assess your case. You handle all other aspects of your case, including drafting your court documents, organizing and producing your financial disclosure, and presenting your case in court.
Doc Prep
$150/hour
Who’s Eligible: Everyone
What We Do:
Preparation of any and all family law forms and drafting of all documents necessary, such as the complaint, motions, discovery requests, letters, and settlement and separation agreements. This option allows you to have your documents professionally drafted and researched, when applicable. You can utilize this service as much or as little as necessary throughout your case. We can make recommendations and will only draft the document you request.
What You Do:
You provide all the relevant information we need to complete draft your documents. You handle all other aspects of your case, including filing your case, organizing and producing your financial disclosure, and presenting your case in court.

Turco Legal Justice for All Frequently Asked Questions

Q.   How is income calculated in determining eligibility for this program?
A.    Calculating your income for the purpose of determining eligibility for the Justice for All program is similar to calculating income in a child support determination, including everything from employment income to gifts to lottery winnings, except that we additionally will add any child support you receive and subtract any child support you pay. We will determine your income at the outset of the representation, then again upon your request or any time you complete a financial statement for your case.

Q.   Will my rate change as my case progresses?
A.   Maybe.  If your income changes, your rate for our services will change if you move out of the eligibility requirements of your current plan.  You’d then take on the rate of the plan for which you then are eligible.

Q.   How do I figure out my net marital assets?
A.   Net Marital Assets is calculated by subtracting marital debt from marital assets, including that which is presently in your spouse’s possession.

Q.   When calculating my net marital assets, do you include my spouse’s assets and debts?
A.   Yes.  In Massachusetts, essentially every asset and debt is part of the marital estate, an equitable share of which belongs to you.  If you don’t know exact values, estimate.

Q.  What if I don’t have a payment method for the automatic payments?
A.   You’ll need an automatic payment method to avoid a gap in representation.  Our representation will end of the day on the last day of each month, at which time we will file a withdrawal. We then process your payment and, so long as we receive your payment, we will extend the representation another month by filing another appearance, extending our representation. We will continue this process until your case is fully resolved.

Q.  How is this representation different from the full representation received when a client makes a retainer payment and the attorney bills against that retainer hourly?
A.   The above pricing is for limited assistance representation only, which is a relatively new way lawyers can represent clients in certain kinds of cases.  In limited assistance representation, attorneys can represent clients for individual tasks or sets of tasks, or for a period of time. One significant benefit to limited assistance representation is that we, the lawyers, are not required to obtain court permission to withdraw from the case. Rather, we must only file a notice of withdraw, which the client signs at the outside of the representation. Our Justice for All utilizes this procedure to represent clients on a month to month basis.

Additional LAR FAQs from the Probate and Family Trial Court Department

How Does Someone Apply for Financial Resource-Based Representation?  Schedule a free attorney consultation by calling 978-225-9030 during regular business hours or complete a contact form here and we’ll get back to you at our earliest opportunity to get you on our calendar.  You’ll then meet with a lawyer who will assess your case and educate you on your options. If you would like to retain the firm on a reduced fee basis, you’ll complete an application which may require that you provide supporting documentation, such as a tax return, pay stub, or bank statement.  We’ll review your application and will let you know the rates for which you qualify.  From there, you’ll decide whether to hire the firm.

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