Flat Rate Fees

Flat Rate Fees2018-05-14T10:53:34+00:00

Why Flat Rate Fees Work Better

Kristen’s going through a tough divorce.

Right now, she’s feeling afraid and anxious, and she has a knot in her stomach.

Why does Kristen feel like this? Is she about to step in to court for a particularly nasty hearing? Is she about to start mediation?

No, none of that. Instead, Kristen’s about to open the monthly bill from her divorce attorney.

Every month Kristen receives this bill, and every month Kristen feels afraid and anxious. She doesn’t know if her bill will be $300 or $3000.

When it’s $300, there’s an overwhelming sense of relief that it wasn’t more.

When it’s closer to $3000, Kristen’s anxiety goes through the roof. She panics and says to herself: “What?! How could it be so much for just one month? I can’t pay this bill. There’s not enough money on the credit card. But if I don’t pay soon, my attorney’ll drop my case. What can I do?”

How Most Divorce Attorneys Bill: by the Hour

Most divorces (about 96%) are billed by the hour.

What that means is every minute an attorney spends on a case is billed. Two-sentence email. Billed. Three-minute phone call. Billed. Five minutes on the phone scheduling mediation. Billed.

When an attorney bills by the hour and you ask how much your case will cost, you’ll hear him say something like, “Well, it depends.” Then he’ll proceed to explain why he can’t give you a straight answer: e.g., “Your ex might be crazy,” or “The other attorney might be really difficult to work with,” or “We just don’t know how long your case will take.”

Then the attorney will ask you to pay a few thousand dollars upfront, and then give him your credit card number so he can bill you for the rest, whatever that turns out to be.

By-the-hour billing is great for attorneys. But it’s not so great for people going through divorce, like Kristen.

A Better Way: Flat Rate Fees

In contrast to by-the-hour billing, we have developed flat rate fees for our divorce clients.

Flat rates work kind of like a menu at a restaurant. You pick what you want, and you know how much you’ll pay for it, right upfront.

Your flat rate fees cover all communications, all phone calls, all in-person meetings with your attorney, document preparation, court time, etc. No matter how much time all of that takes.

There’s no guessing about cost, no two-sentence emails you get billed twelve minutes for, no monthly bills via email that make your hands sweat and your heart race.

Flat Rate Fees: Example

Let me give you a concrete example of how our flat fees work in a common divorce case.

Let’s say Kristen, instead of being billed by the hour, comes in to our office and chooses flat rate fees. Her husband’s already filed divorce papers with the court, so we need to file documents with the court and share required information about finances, kids, the house, etc. We also need to ask some specific written questions of Kristen’s husband about a few things we really want to know.

For this stage of things, Kristen pays one flat fee. It covers everything I just talked about, no matter how long it takes us.

After we’ve file documents and Kristen’s husband has answered all our questions, Kristen’s ready to move on to mediation.

She pays one flat fee for mediation, which covers all preparation work, strategy sessions, phone calls and emails with her attorney, the mediation itself (no matter how long it lasts), and all the paperwork to finish the case if mediation is successful.

That’s it. Two payments. Kristen knew the costs upfront, paid them, and that was that.

Why We Offer Flat Rate Fees

Like I said before, 96% of attorneys bill divorces by the hour. Why don’t we go along with them?

Honestly, because we’ve helped more Kristens than I can count.

We’ve seen the fear on their face when we tell them, “I don’t know how much your divorce will cost. It depends.” We’ve talked with them on the phone after they’ve opened their email and realized they can’t pay their bill because their ex is a huge jerk who keeps dragging things on. We’ve had them not share important information with us because they were afraid to call and talk to us because they’d be billed for the call.

I knew there had to be a better way for our people. One that decreased risk to our clients and lowered their anxiety. One that was clear and transparent. One that encouraged communication between clients and attorneys, instead of discouraging it. And one that empowered clients, instead of keeping them in the dark.

So, I created that better way. That’s why we offer flat fees.

How To Get Started

To get started, call our office at 801-685-9999 or fill out the form below.

We’ll schedule your Roadmap and Recover Session. During your Session, we’ll talk about you, your family, and your goals. We’ll also discuss our proven success system, including our flat rate fees.

Loretta Braun
Loretta Braun
13:15 11 Dec 18
What a great help Brown Law was for me. Begenning to end Clay Randall kept me informed of the happenings of my case as well as educating along the way. Even when things looked bleak from my point of view, he was able to keep me focused. A big help under stressful conditions, which was very helpful! Had a great outcome due to Clays knowledge and strategy! Have a big apprection to Brown Law team from my first call (thank you Daniel) to settling my account. Thank you Brown Law!read more
Hannah Waddoups
Hannah Waddoups
15:27 07 Dec 18
I can’t say enough good things about Brown Law, and my attorney Clay. They helped me feel at ease, informed, and listened to throughout the whole process. What was one of the hardest experiences, was made a little easier because of their assistance and expertise!
Brent Worthington
Brent Worthington
23:49 06 Dec 18
Brown Law is incredible! They were truly an advocate for me. They listened to my concerns and followed with me every three days for the entire duration of my case. I sent emails and text messages late at night and on weekends and they replied every time. I would recommend anyone looking for only the very best family law firm to go with Brown Law.
Brock Frost
Brock Frost
18:54 29 Oct 18
Divorce is painful for everyone involved. For me the process was protracted and, at times, adversarial. I was frequently anxious and scared about what was going to happen. My primary attorney, Jon Hibshman, was fantastic. He was knowledgeable and provided me with realistic assessments of my case and the likely outcome. This was a godsend during the uncertainty of the divorce process. Of note, I feel that the final judgement was reasonable for all parties and reflected what I was told almost two years prior during a divorce consultation. It was a journey, but we got there, and the whole time I felt supported by my team.I want to mention how I chose Brown Law, LLC over some of the other firms in the area. When researching firms I was struck by Marco Brown's FAQ in which he kept going back to the mantra "Be nice. No, seriously, be nice." This resonated with me, and, per my experience with everyone at Brown Law, LLC, actually reflects the perspective of all the member of the Brown Law, LLC team. Again, divorce is painful for everyone, but I think that with a malevolent attitude it could have been far worse. So, be nice while protecting your and your family's future. For those of you that find yourself in the divorce/custody process, I would highly recommend Brown Law, LLC.read more
Marlene Hunter
Marlene Hunter
03:35 03 Oct 18
My experience with Brown Law was top notch! I walked in scared to death and feeling very vulnerable and lonely and they made me feel comfortable and safe...like a good friend who has your back. From my initial meeting with Marco, then several with McKenzie, and numerous phone calls and emails with Daniel and Jodi, they are all very professional, thorough and experienced and I am very pleased with the outcome of my case. I highly recommend this firm!read more
Steve Bassett
Steve Bassett
22:26 25 Sep 18
I came to Brown Law for assistance in ending my alimony obligation since both parties had reached retirement age (as stipulated in our Decree).I intially met with Marco and he was attentive and persuasive. Their fees are structured such that you don't feel like your writing checks every month.My assigned attorney, McKenzie, worked to communicate with my ex-wife's attorney, who was less than responsive and forthcoming. Through perservence and good fortune, we managed to strike a very favorable agreement with my ex-wife.McKenzie and her paralegal, Jodi, each provided weekly updates to me. Once we reached an agreement with the other party, the case was submitted, reviewed and closed within 3 days.I have historically had a very dim view of attorneys. I found it refreshing working with the team at Brown Law. They were responsive, empathetic and, ultimately, brought my case to a satisfactory conclusion.I recommend them!read more
Dave Garreaud
Dave Garreaud
21:49 20 Sep 18
I just finished my Divorce through Brown Law Marco and Jon and staff did an excellent job of taking care of my family and I through this process. There team is number 1 and I would highly recommend them again. I will be telling all my friends that might be unfortunately going through a divorce how great of a job this team did for me thanks to my new friends at Brown law Dave Garreaud
Jessica Nejatifar
Jessica Nejatifar
16:37 20 Sep 18
Enjoyed working with Brown Law team, especially Attorney Clay Randle. He helped me to understand the process and was diligent in handling my case. Highly recommend them to anyone going through the divorce process.
Danielle Goodell
Danielle Goodell
14:29 29 Aug 18
Divorce is a difficult and frustrating process to go through but the team at Brown Law helped me navigate my way through with the outcome my kids and I needed. They were great at communicating with me and answering all my questions as well has working with my finances. I'm glad to be done and I was even more glad for all their help!
Ladyjay Lofquist
Ladyjay Lofquist
20:34 17 Aug 18
I had been doing my divorce by myself & my ex husband had been delaying it 2 a point were it was almost dismissed & Jon & Jodi came 2 my aid helping me by finally getting my Ex 2 settle & finalize my divorce... I'm so very grateful 4 them & feeling like someone finally had my back.. This would've never been possible without Brown Law... I would highly recommend them... Very personal, checked in with me every week & I knew my divorce would finally be settled... Thank You so much Brown Law 4 everythingread more
Jim Apodaca
Jim Apodaca
17:57 09 Jul 18
I highly recommend Brown Law for your divorce needs. Prior to retaining Brown Law, Marco (Managing Partner) was very helpful at understanding my needs. Marco’s professionalism and candor was just what I was looking for considering the nature of such a life changing event. Marco and his team were very transparent throughout my entire divorce and the divorce questionnaire that they provided gave me a good starting point on where to begin. Divorce can be a very trying time and knowing that I had Brown Law to help me navigate this process gave me one less thing to worry about. Thank you Marco and team.read more
Michael May
Michael May
16:00 20 Jun 18
Often times we are placed in a position where we may have to make difficult choices. We may find ourselves in position where we require the expertise of another person to help us see it through. Attorney Marco brown is one such person. He helped my family by doing what he loves, with integrity and honor. I could not ask for a better attorney. He was kind and thoughtful, yet diligent in fighting for what was right. Because of his hard work my family can be together in a safe and secure environment. Much thanks to Marco Brown and his hard working staff. We recommend your service to anyone. You will always hold a special place in our hearts!read more
Dan Macdonald
Dan Macdonald
23:51 14 Jun 18
Brown law is great to work with. They are personal, friendly, and understanding. They helped me through the toughest time of my life. They advised me with great expertise. I feel lucky I found them.
Ben Spalding
Ben Spalding
14:14 13 Jun 18
They are an eager team of trustworthy, knowledgeable individuals. Clay Randle gave some very counsel that helped me feel less apprehensive and less stressed out over my divorce situation. The team at Brown Law will fight for what is yours as a parent, but also be respectful of your budget and desires. Should I need anything concerning my divorce in the future, I'll be a repeat client.
Denis Clayson
Denis Clayson
22:45 25 May 18
Marco recently helped us with our adoption. He knew exactly what needed to be done in our situation and was very responsive when we needed him. I highly recommend him if you need someone to have your back.
jessica couser
jessica couser
20:38 22 May 18
I am also a family law attorney practicing in the Salt Lake area. I have had multiple cases with Marco and Brown Law, and I can attest to their quality, compassion, and integrity. Sometimes clients worry when two opposing attorneys are friendly or supportive of each other, but a truly good attorney can and will advocate for their client in a respectful and competent way. Other attorneys sometimes add their own brand of conflict to a situation that is already stressful and scary for clients. Brown Law will not do that. They will advocate for you and protect your interests while maintaining integrity and staying focused on your needs and goals.read more
Lisa Clayson
Lisa Clayson
00:04 19 May 18
Recently Marco helped us with the adoption of our part Native American daughter. There are some extra steps in the adoption process because she has Native blood. Marco knew exactly what needed to happen and did a fantastic job walking us through that process. I remember one day, I called him at least eight different times and he answered every time and helped me through a really rough day at court and with another lawyer that was not cooperating in Texas, where our daughter was born. We will forever be grateful for Marco's quick thinking, advice, and guidance through that process, without it things may not have turned out in our favor.read more
Taylor Sharpe
Taylor Sharpe
15:24 06 May 18
One of the best divorce and family law lawyers that I have been to. They were very understanding of my situation and helped me with everything I needed.
Stacy Jordan
Stacy Jordan
11:31 03 May 18
I have known Marco Brown Law and his staff for almost 4 years. They are an amazing and an exceptional group of individuals who work very hard for their clients. My case has been a very difficult one to say the least. His staff having to deal with my incarcerated ex husband has not been easy. They are professional and very proficient in their jobs. They answer any and all questions very quickly and help me understand legal jargon when I have a question about what’s going on. I definitely recommend them to anyone in need of a family law attorney. You won’t be disappointed.read more
Joshua Baron
Joshua Baron
19:41 05 Apr 18
Marco and his team are the best. They take great care of their clients and they get amazing results.
April Fisher
April Fisher
00:48 04 Apr 18
My situation involved the safety of my children. I came to Brown Law and McKenzie Armstrong took my case. We filed immediately for a restraining order and obtained supervised visitation for the other party. When it comes to the safety of your children, you can never be too careful, do too much, or put a price tag on it. I'm so glad I hired Brown Law and McKenzie to represent me during this difficult time. I am very happy with the work they provide and the result I received. I would recommend them to any family or friends.read more
Nathan Evershed
Nathan Evershed
15:02 15 Feb 18
I’ve known Marco since law school. He’s very smart, hard-working, has a great presence in court, and knows the law. Not to mention, he’s a really good guy. I highly recommend him.
Jason Gygi
Jason Gygi
05:25 13 Feb 18
If you need an excellent family law attorney, look no further than Brown Law LLC. As for anyone going through a difficult divorce, the circumstances can be very stressful, emotional and, at times, infuriating. For me, the reality of a divorce was not something I was prepared for and I had originally hired a different law firm to handle my case. Despite having no experience in these matters, I was immediately concerned with how my case was being handled and how this would negatively affect the rest of my life. It was at this time that a good friend, who happened to be a district attorney for the state of Utah, recommended that I contact Marco Brown. The next week I had the opportunity to meet with Marco in his office. Marco was sensitive to my situation, but very direct. Notwithstanding the current status of my case, Marco agreed to accept me as a client. This was the turning point for me. Marco explained, in detail, the strategy moving forward, then he and his team went to work. I was kept informed of every detail of my case, including weekly updates via email and phone calls. Marco prepared me for every hearing, meeting, and eventually trial. Marco and his staff are very detail oriented and have cultivated a system that is designed to produce the best possible outcomes. Brown Law did a fantastic job for me and I couldn’t have asked for better representation. A special thank you to Jon Hibshman and Jodi Jex, for their care and devotion, and for keeping me calm and prepared with all that this process involved.read more
Karli Hunt
Karli Hunt
18:36 12 Feb 18
The whole staff was extremely professional and helpful on my divorce case. I appreciated their straight forward billing procedures and didn't feel like they were looking to make the case bigger than it needed to be. They listened and helped expedite the divorce for me so I could put it behind me. I would definitely recommend them.
Jeffery Smith
Jeffery Smith
04:52 02 Feb 18
Very helpful and taking over so I had no stress very impressed with them they wen above and beyond what o expected and very reasonably priced.
Catarino Gambino
Catarino Gambino
03:01 30 Nov 17
Marco was very helpful in my court case he did an outstanding job in representing my rights as a father thank you.
Ric Heaton
Ric Heaton
18:13 20 Nov 17
Marco is exactly the type of attorney you want to have on your side, he is level-headed, concise and driven. The legal expertise he and his team provide has been extremely beneficial for my family and me.
Erica Arcangelo
Erica Arcangelo
00:30 24 Oct 17
After interviewing a few different firms in the Salt Lake area, I hired Marco and his team for a difficult interstate paternity and child support case that included some unusual legal arrangements that had previously been made from the case several years before. I was living out of state and unable to travel back and forth to UT to work face-to-face with Marco and his staff, but I was kept well-informed and received prompt responses to my emails and phone calls either from Marco, McKenzie, one of the firm's associates, or Jodi, the Office Manager. They worked together to produce a strategy that led to the case eventually being ruled in our favor, and this was no small feat, considering the numerous and questionably ethical strategies attempted from the defendant's side.While legal issues are typically something one does not look forward to, it is possible to have some peace of mind through the process if you are working with the right firm. Marco and his associates were that kind of firm for me with my case and I would hire them again should the need arise.read more
Jorge Dulanto
Jorge Dulanto
01:45 05 Oct 17
I am happy with the service, this group is very good, fast, with  good work ethics and very professional ,McKenzie and Jodi kept me informed through the entire process, and I feel really comfortable with Brown Law.
Jon Farrington
Jon Farrington
18:20 04 Oct 17
Great law firm ran by a terrific guy. Marco is by far the most personable, genuine and intelligent lawyer I know. Won't be dissapointed.
Tara Reilly
Tara Reilly
16:49 03 Oct 17
As a new family law attorney, I sought out Marco's mentorship based on his reputation, expertise and innovative business model. Marco has been extremely generous with his time and resources and genuinely cares not only about his clients but his colleagues and fellow attorneys as well. Marco is all about providing value, whether it is to his individual clients through his representation, the general public through his informative blog, or to other members of the bar through his service and mentorship. Thanks, Marco!read more
sodany hy
sodany hy
15:22 03 Oct 17
I was a bit nervous about the whole process at first but after my consultation, I was confident that they were the team for me. It was quick and easy, nothing like I had imagined. Everyone there is friendly and they were always there to answer any questions I had.
Larry Nowak
Larry Nowak
16:19 13 Sep 17
I went to Marco for some advice and instead of trying to take my money he sat me down, talked about all my options and told me that hiring an attorney for my situation was not the best way to go. He helped me with paperwork and sent me in the right direction. The most honest, reputable attorney I have ever met. Would highly recommend him to anyone and everyone I know.
Steven Tingey
Steven Tingey
21:44 06 Sep 17
As a tax and estate planning attorney I have relied on and referred many clients to Brown Law, LLC for family law matters. The attorneys at Brown Law are efficient, well organized, responsive and skilled in their practice of law. I recently had the privilege of working with them, as co-counsel, to resolve a matter with probate and family law issues. They were great to work with and were very effective for our client.
Cara Journigan
Cara Journigan
20:12 10 Aug 17
Brown Law was a pleasure to work with and helped me with my case every step of the way. They made a difficult situation less stressful for me. McKenzie was fantastic and represented me and my case well in court. I look forward to working with Brown Law in the future and appreciate everything that was done for me.
Ur Saldana
Ur Saldana
04:35 08 Aug 17
Marco and his team of legal professionals are top-notch! The are eager to update me on my case and make sure I'm prepared for any upcoming legal situation. Marco is down-to-earth and relates well to his clients, but more importantly, he relates well to the judges and commissioners he goes before. He has a great reputation as being open and honest with them and they know that he is not pulling any stunts. Marco uses a calm, cool demeanor that is very compelling and and luring to the commissioner that we went before. He has given me excellent advice and strategies for my case, even when I wasn't sure about following his advice at first. In the courtroom, his strategies produced the results that I wanted. I can give a five-star rating with no reservations for Marco and his team. A+++++read more
Nathan Wall
Nathan Wall
04:40 21 Jul 17
Marco is an incredible attorney. I am an opposing family law attorney and have had numerous cases against him over the years. He does his clients a great service. He knows when to be aggressive & when to be reasonable. That saves his clients $. He thinks outside the box and comes up with very innovative ideas that get cases settled and clients moving on with their lives. If I ever can't take a case, I refer it to Marco. I don't respect any attorney more & couldn't agree more with him being named the Family Law attorney of the year by the Utah State Bar Family Law chapter.read more
BethAnne Swenson
BethAnne Swenson
20:50 17 Jul 17
I am just finishing up my deals with Brown Law, and not only are every attorney and person I have dealt with at this firm very good at what they do, they are kind and compassionate, and personable. I felt well cared for, by real people who cared about me as a person as well as my case. When I hired them I told them I wasn't interested in a long drawn out affair, and I feel like they stuck with their promise to move things along as well and as quickly as possible. I have recommended them to people I would again in the future.read more
Jeremy Thomas
Jeremy Thomas
20:00 17 Jul 17
We were well represented by Brown Law. I have had a difficult time with some other law firms that I have paid and they don't return my calls or answer e-mails, even when I was asking for the final bill! Mario responded very quickly to every question with a prompt and complete answer. When you are going through a difficult time in life it is very comforting to have reliable representation like we received from Brown Law.
Erika
Erika
03:53 22 Jun 17
I had some simple questions regarding my parental rights when it came to issues with custody and my ex-husband. I contacted Mr. Brown himself and he didn't hesitate one second to answer my questions. Not only did he take the time, but he answered them thoroughly with a detailed response that set my mind at ease. It was obvious he was well versed in family law - specific to Utah and child custody issues. I was impressed with the professionalism and knowledge, but was also impressed with the kindness and care that was shown to me during a difficult time in my life.read more
Paul Springer
Paul Springer
18:36 15 Jun 17
I highly recommend Marco Brown Law. Marco Brown, represented me in an injury case that occurred out of state. He worked tirelessly to represent me, including flying out of state to my deposition, and navigating the challenges of working with someone who lives out of state. He and his team were quick to answer any and all of my questions, and Marco would often call me after hours if we were unable to talk during the day to make sure that I was abreast of any new developments. I admire his work ethic, integrity and honesty, throughout the entire process. If you are looking for a lawyer who will fight for your interests, Marco Brown and his team will not let you down.read more
Travis Jenkins
Travis Jenkins
15:53 06 Jun 17
I can't say enough good things about Marco Brown and his team from Brown law. Marco is unlike most attorneys in previous experiences (Arrogant, abrupt and lack compassion). He is kind, compassionate, very competent and willing to take the time to get an in-depth understanding of what's going on, before determining the best course. He and his team created a positive experience that is very straight forward. Instead of guessing “who” is the most qualified law firm for your case. I would highly recommend that you contact Marco Brown at Brown Law.read more
Stephanie Jorgensen
Stephanie Jorgensen
19:51 10 Mar 17
I recently received an e-mail for "clients past, present, and future" for a seminar on budgeting. I wasn't able to attend, but I wrote back and told them if they every had another one I would love to attend. Apparently my e-mail got buried, but once Marco found it he immediately sent me an e-mail and told me he would be happy to meet with me to discuss budgeting. I told him that in the interim I had found myself an attorney (a former classmate of mine,) and so I didn't feel like I could take up his time. He told me that didn't bother him a bit and to go ahead and come. So I went to his office and he took an hour of his valuable time to help me learn how to budget effectively. I greatly appreciated his selflessness. He has also been willing to cheerfully answer my follow up questions. I am grateful to him for his willingness to help me!read more
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