Frequently Asked Questions
Our Family Law Philosophy
What do you mean by Redefining the Family Law Practice?
Burroughs Law Office, P.C. is committed to Redefining the Family Law Practice©. We understand that your issues don't magically disappear when the final decree is entered by the judge and your divorce is final. When children are involved, this is all too evident. A divorce only serves to create a new and different relationship which couples are often unprepared to deal with. It is certainly the exception to the rule for spouses to part ways amicably without any lingering issues.
As stated in our mission statement, we look beyond divorce as the one-size-fits-all solution to problems within the modern-day family. We are, however, realistic and realize this is the sad reality for a large number of families. Many family law attorneys focus on providing a product. They sell divorce like something you'd pick up at your local department store rather than working with you through all the issues toward a comprehensive solution to the problem. We see evidence of this throughout our society from over-medicated teens with half-diagnosed ADHD to the uncontested divorce-within-a-week firms pushing a product for a buck.
Divorce is too commonplace and is rarely the easy way out most people think it is. There are often children involved, marital assets to divide, and sacrifices made during the marriage which no amount of money can account for. Divorce is not a quick-fix pill. People facing divorce need comprehensive plans for how they will function once the decree is entered and the divorce is final. Life still goes on and if we're not properly prepared, the struggle will continue when it may have been diminished.
These are the reasons we focus on a number of cursory practice areas for families in need. We help defend adults and juveniles charged with crimes in the Commonwealth of Virginia. These are, after all, precursors to even larger problems in people's lives which quite often have the greatest impact on the stability of the family unit. We also handle basic estate planning functions for our family law clients in order to address the changes that have or likely will occurs in their lives. Any life event warrants a look at your estate plan and most of what we deal with are such life events.
We believe this holistic approach to handling your family law matters will serve your interests by addressing your immediate need for relief and your long-term need for direction and guidance. For the foregoing reasons we limit our practice to the traditional functions of family law (including child custody, visitation, support, and divorce), criminal defense, estate planning, and bankruptcy. Our ultimate goal is to help head off divorce at its source. And while we realize it isn't always possible and that divorce may be inevitable, or even necessary in some cases, we won't give in without a fight. That's why we include non-traditional practice areas in our family law practice. We're committed to Redefining the Family Law Practice© because there's so much more to family law than divorce.
How much will it cost?
For detailed information on our fees, please call to schedule an appointment. Flat-rates and hourly fee schedules are available and vary based on your particular issue.
The following is a brief overview of our fee schedule and is for general information only:
- Initial Consultation: Your initial consultation is just $100. Call for details (757) 363-0077.
- Individual Simple Will: hourly/flat fee
- General Power of Attorney: flat fee
- Advance Medical Directive: flat fee
- Simple Estate Planning Combo: flat fee (simple will, power of attorney, and medical directive)
- Joint Reciprocal Simple Estate Planning Combo: flat fee (reciprocal simple will, power of attorney, and medical directive for husband and wife)
- Uncontested Divorce: flat fee
- Uncontested Divorce: online only option available through Frugal Legal Services
- Basic Separation Agreement: flat fee
- Stepparent Adoption: hourly/flat fee
- Stepparent Adoption: online only option available through Frugal Legal Services
- Child Custody: hourly/flat fee
- Child/Spousal Support: hourly/flat fee
- Child Custody/Support Modifications: hourly/flat fee
- Most family law matters handled on an hourly basis require a deposit.
Virginia Criminal and Traffic Defense (Please inquire about our reasonable flat fee rates.)
All expenses, court costs, and fees paid separately. Investigators used upon client approval and at the discretion of counsel are not included in the fees quoted above. Flat fee rates and deposits are paid in advance of work performed. Flat fees quoted are not offered in conjunction with our hourly rate; rather, they are offered in lieu of such rates when no other hourly work is performed. A refundable deposit is required for all flat fee matters in addition to the prepaid legal fee. Please call 757-363-0077 or toll free at 1-877-743-0448 for more details.
How does flat-fee billing work?
Burroughs Law Office, P.C. offers flat fee billing on all matters. This includes both uncontested and contested cases. The fee will be quoted after an initial interview to determine the scope of the representation and the work to be performed. If your case takes longer through no fault of your own, you will not pay more for the services of your attorney. You can call as you like and we will meet as needed for representation. You won't have to worry about how much that call just cost you or how much research is needed for your case. There are no hidden fees and everything will be outlined in the representation agreement. You'll know the cost for legal representation up front and won't have to worry about not knowing how high the tab will be in the end.
Most matters are broken down into several phases. These phases include discovery, pleadings, and court appearances to name a few. You pre-pay for the phase you are about to enter into and the work is performed. Once the phase is completed you will have a few options. If your case is proceeding as planned, you will pay for the next phase and the work will continue. If, however, the case is settled, you will not proceed to the next phase and our work is done.
We keep things simple and affordable. If you prefer to pay for billable hours you are still free to exercise this option. Our goal is to remain flexible because we know how unique your circumstances may be.
What forms of payment do you accept?
As a convenience for our clients, Burroughs Law Office, P.C. accepts cash, checks, check cards and most major credit cards:
- American Express
Do you offer any online services?
We offer a number of online legal services to include uncontested divorce, stepparent adoption, and name changes. Of course, we do not simply provide you with legal documents and leave you wondering what to do with them. We draft, file, and follow through in every case for which we are specifically retained. If you need to speak with any attorney, you can always pay by the hour for that time. In the end, you will likely save thousands of dollars.
Are those online wills any good?
We often have clients ask whether those online will kits are any good. Our response is that they serve a purpose and can be better than having nothing at all. For roughly the same price however, why wouldn't you have an attorney prepare and help draft and execute these documents? When something comes up down the road or your will is contested, you won't have the option of turning to your online provider for help. They, in fact, waive any and all liability. Take advantage of the services of a qualified professional. Let us make it easy for you. Let us take away the uncertainty that exists with a general "one size fits all" form. You rarely appreciate the fit and feel of a one size fits all article of clothing. Even sweatpants are made in different sizes. We tailor your estate plan to fit your individual needs. One size does not fit all. Likewise, neither does one online will work for everyone with a computer and an internet connection.
What are your hours?
Monday - Friday: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
After hours and weekends also available depending on your individual circumstances and our availability.
Why are your hours by appointment?
To ensure the highest level of personal attention for all of our clients, we are generally unable to accommodate walk-ins. By scheduling your appointment, you will receive the attention your matter deserves. Every effort will be made to accommodate your schedule, even if it means meeting after our posted hours on occasion.
How far in advance must I call to schedule an appointment?
The rule of thumb is 24 hours. This gives us ample time to prepare for your visit and to make certain time is available for our meeting. If you require a same day appointment, we will make a concerted effort to accommodate your request. If it's a pressing matter that cannot wait till the following day just let us know. Communication is the key to a good attorney-client relationship. While no such relationship is formed until a representation agreement is signed, it is a good practice to keep the lines of communication open from the beginning. That way, with everything on the table, we can proceed with a plan of action that's truly in your best interest.
Location and Directions:
What areas do you service?
Attorney Burroughs practices in the Tidewater / Hampton Roads region in the cities of Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, and Portsmouth.
What is your address?
Burroughs Law Office, P.C., Little Neck Towers, 3500 Virginia Beach Blvd., Suite 410, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23452