Marguerite Picard is a Melbourne-based accredited Family Law specialist, a Collaborative Lawyer and a Mediator who specialises in helping couples divorce without going to Court.
She worked in litigation for many years, and has experienced firsthand the ongoing devastation that the traditional divorce process can leave in its wake, which sometimes includes irreversible damage to family ties and relationships.
Marguerite realised that there had to be a better way and found it in Collaborative Practice. With her colleagues, a Psychologist and Financial Planner, she established the Melbourne Collaborative Alliance where she is based. This centre is a one-stop-divorce-shop, and regarded internationally as a cutting edge way to support all family members through the turmoil of separation, with respect, care and an emphasis on improved communication and the best future for all.
Divorce and Separation Agreed Legal Costs
The legal costs of separation can be significant, and being billed by the hour is not always the best option. It does not measure the worth of the work done in each hour, which means that legal costs do not always represent good value. Marguerite's agreed fees aim to represent value, and to differentiate between work of high value and more routine work.
People often receive bills from lawyers which include items of work that come as a surprise.
It’s important that you feel able to pick up the phone or send Marguerite an email without thinking first about the cost of doing so.
That’s why Marguerite offers a fixed fee of $330 for your initial meeting, and then agreed costs as an alternative to billing by the hour.
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