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Legal Solutions of North Florida, LLC has provided commonly asked questions and answers below. If you do not see an answer for your question below, please contact us and we will gladly answer any question you have regarding the process and our services.


Q: What can I expect from Legal Solutions of North Florida, LLC?

A: As a prospective client of Legal Services of North Florida, LLC you will complete a questionnaire, from which your legal documents will be drafted. As a courtesy, we will attempt to make contact with the other party with your expressed consent and extend an offer of services and/or mediation. Recognizing the effectiveness that both parties participation can have, Legal Solutions of North Florida, LLC encourages two party service packages as way to alleviate unnecessary time and expense.

Q: What are your fees?

A: At Legal Solutions of North Florida, LLC we provide legal document preparation as a low cost alternative to obtaining an attorney. Attorney retainer fees can be as high as $5000 for each party. It is possible to obtain a divorce in Florida for a fraction of the cost. We offer several packages for you to choose from, including two party service packages. Please visit Our Services page for more information regarding our package fees.

Q: Do I need to sign a contract?

A: Legal matters are serious matters. In an abundance of caution, we ask all clients to sign a service agreement which indicates the services to be provided, the cost of the services, the payment terms, and an acknowledgment by the client(s) that they understand Legal Solutions of North Florida, LLC are not attorneys, and that we do not provide legal advice. The unauthorized practice of law in the State of Florida can carry hefty penalties, including felony charges and monetary fines.

Q: Do I need to pay a deposit?

A: Legal Solutions of North Florida, LLC requires 50% of the services to be paid when executing the client services agreement. The remaining balance will be required when the legal documents are completed and prior to the client receiving the completed legal documents or filing with the clerk of court.

Q: Does the package cost include the filing fee with the clerk of court?

A: No. Filing fees are the responsibility of the client, as are any fees for personal service on an individual. These fees must be received by Legal Solutions of North Florida, LLC in the form of a cashier’s check or money order made payable to the clerk of court or personal service provider prior to the legal documents being filed or personal service being secured. If you are a client whose legal matter is outside the jurisdiction of the Second Judicial Circuit (Leon, Wakulla, Gadsden, Jefferson, Franklin, and Liberty counties), the legal documents will be provided directly to you by United States Postal Service (USPS), fax, or email, with directions for filing with the clerk of court and personal service, if necessary. You will be responsible for arrangement and payment of the fees directly to the clerk of court or personal service provider.

Q: Can I have my filing fee waived by the clerk of court?

A: Possibly. When completing the client questionnaire, you will provide information regarding your financial circumstances. This information will be used, not only for drafting legal documents as part of your dissolution of marriage, but also to complete the Civil Indigence Application, if requested. This form will be provided to the clerk of court in order to determine if you qualify for assistance or a waiver of your filing fees.


Q: What if I am the victim of sexual or domestic violence, or am afraid of the other party.

A: Legal Solutions of North Florida, LLC understands in some cases, physical safety is an issue. Your safety is our first priority. If you are a victim of domestic violence, we encourage you to seek assistance with your local domestic violence agency, or you may contact:

The National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-7233 | 1-800-787-3224 (TTY),
The Florida Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-500-1119 or TDD (800) 621-4202,
The National Sexual Assault Hotline 800.656.HOPE (4673), or
The Florida Council Against Sexual Violence Hotline 1-888-956-7273.

Once you are safe, please contact us for assistance. The information you provide to Legal Solutions of North Florida, LLC is confidential and we will not contact the other party unless you provide expressed consent. We take sexual and domestic violence very seriously and every precaution is taken in order to ensure the confidentiality of our clients who are victims.

Q: What if the other party is not cooperative or contests the divorce?

A: Divorce is not always a welcomed solution. There is a possibility the other party will not be cooperative. Despite this, you may still obtain services from Legal Solutions of North Florida, LLC and represent yourself. If you provide consent, we will contact the other party as a courtesy and offer our services and/or mediation. If they do not wish to obtain services or participate in mediation offered through Legal Solutions of North Florida, LLC,  you may continue with the process.

Q: What is mediation?

A: Legal Solutions of North Florida, LLC offers two hours of informal mediation as part of our "Two Party Packages" and offer mediation as an "add on" service to "One Party Packages". We highly recommend clients attempt mediation with us in order to obtain the quickest and least expensive resolution possible. Mediation can be held in an informal manner through telephone discussions or email communication, or can occur in a more formal setting, depending on the circumstances. Either way, Legal Solutions of North Florida, LLC will assist the parties in finding an amicable solution, and if successful, will incorporate the agreed upon terms in a Marital Settlement Agreement to be filed with the clerk of court. If the parties are unable to come to a resolution within the included minimum two hour mediation service hours, additional hours can be added as needed at our standard rate of $95 per hour.

Q: What occurs if mediation is successful?

A: This will shorten the process and reduce the costs associated with your dissolution of marriage. If the parties agree on the terms of the divorce, a Marital Settlement Agreement will be drafted, and shared with both of you for your review and approval. After you have each indicated your approval of the documents, and payment of any remaining balance and/or filing fees have been received, we will print them for signature, provide notary services as needed, and file your documents with the clerk of court (in the Second Judicial Circuit). For clients outside of the Second Judicial Circuit, or virtual clients, Legal Solutions of North Florida, LLC will provide an electronically protected and/or watermarked copy of the Marital Settlement Agreement, for review and approval. Once you each have indicated your approval, and payment of any remaining balance has been received, Legal Solutions of North Florida, LLC will provide copies, without watermark, to both clients with instructions regarding signing and filing your documents.

Q: What if mediation fails?

A: If mediation fails, we will continue providing legal document preparation foras noted in the client service agreement(s).

Q: Can I change my mind at any time and cancel my service agreement?

A: Yes, you have 24 hours after the client service agreement is executed, with a minimal fee for work performed prior to cancelation. After the 24 hour cancelation period, a cancellation penalty will be assessed based on the actual work performed prior to that time. In some cases this may be the entirety of your deposit. However, we encourage you to discuss the matter with us for alternative solutions.

Q: What if I want to hire an attorney?

A: Legal Solutions of North Florida, LLC understands that divorce is scary and your desire or ability to obtain an attorney may change during the process. Unfortunately, legal document preparation requires a lot of time and effort. If you decide to end the service agreement, a cancellation penalty will apply as noted above.   

Q: Can I add the mediation package at any time in the process?

A: While we make every effort to work with all clients, Legal Solutions of North Florida, LLC prefers mediation to be chosen as an "add on" service when the service agreement is executed. However, we understand that every situation is unique and we will assess the ability to add mediation after execution of the initial service agreement on a case-by-case basis.

Q: How can you provide services to both parties if you are my representative?

A: We do not "represent" any specific client. We are not attorneys. We provide services, not legal advice. Therefore, we can complete legal documents for either or both parties. Legal Solutions of North Florida, LLC prides itself on performing services in a completely impartial manner. The information of one party is not shared with the other, unless to do so is necessary as part of the legal process and not without expressed consent.  Our goal is to make this difficult situation as easy as possible, in the most cost effective way. Our packages are priced for one party services, and two party services which provide further minimization of costs associated with obtaining a divorce.

Q: Which party is responsible for payment with "Two Party Packages"?

A: We divide the cost equally, deposits are applied to the specific party’s client account making the payment unless other arrangements are made in advance, or as part of an executed Marital Settlement Agreement.

 
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