Tampa Florida Divorce Lawyer Christina Mesa is a highly recognized attorney with extensive experience litigating family law cases. She has been practicing law in Tampa for 31 years and is AV Rated, the highest rating accomplishment awarded by Martindale-Hubbell. Less than five percent of America's lawyers have an AV® certification which is their highest rating accomplishment - a testament to the fact that a lawyer's peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence.
Why should you choose our firm to handle your case and what makes us different from other family law firms? Because at MESA LAW, PA, you have the option to greatly minimize your costs by doing some of the work yourself. Many family law firms require a large up front retainer to handle your case. In fact, depending on the complexity of your divorce, a typical Florida family law firm may require up to $5000 before work will even begin on your case, and sometimes these retainers are NONREFUNDABLE. Larger firms have significant overhead, requiring maximum recovery from each client or case. Many lawyers employed at these firms not only lack experience and litigation skills, they simply cannot help you minimize your costs. At MESA LAW, PA, you can be a part of moving your case to resolution from the beginning. You will be given the option to decide how much of the work you can or want to do yourself, how much you want to do in combination with counsel, and how much you want counsel to handle separately. We guide you through the process and encourage you to know your case WITH your attorney, instead of wondering what is happening while you pay for the services. For example, in most cases there are initial forms that are very simple to prepare; they really only take time, not a great deal of effort to complete. Most law firms will quote you a fee for preparation of these forms at hefty hourly rates and never give you the option of involvement in the process of preparation. At MESA LAW, PA, we give you that option and that opportunity to minimize the potential fees and costs of your case from “day one”. Sometimes doing these time consuming - yet simple - tasks yourself not only saves you money, but provides you with an invaluable education about your case. Certainly, our services are available for the more complex legal aspects that are best handled by an attorney, but that will be decided WITH you.
How much will this cost? After an initial consultation, and if you choose to retain our firm, family law cases are usually billed at $400 per hour. Remember, you can minimize your fees and costs in many parts of your case by using us to handle only the complex legal matters. At MESA LAW, PA we believe each case can and should be customized to each client’s needs. We can help you whether you only need one hour to get things started, want us to handle everything from start to finish, or somewhere in between. If we require you to pay an initial retainer, but there are funds remaining after your case is completed, your unused retainer balance will be REFUNDED to you. You will also never have to wonder how your money was spent at our firm. Each task is itemized and clearly indicated on the periodic statement sent to you and you will never be billed for work unless it is actually performed on your case. You can be confident that you will receive high quality representation at fees that are fair, honest, and within your budget.
We can help you with family law needs including:
Simple and Complex Divorces
Pre and Post Divorce Matters
Settlement and Separation Agreements
Child Support and Custody/Time-sharing
Call today for your free initial phone consultation and ask to speak directly with Attorney Christina Mesa.