Change attorney in the middle of a divorce in NJ

Posted by: LRS

Change attorney in the middle of a divorce in NJ - 01/17/18 04:40 PM

A close friend of mine is in the middle of a divorce. She hired a big law firm attorney who charged a high retainer of $5000. Her case is not very complicated. Both have been working and they have an adult child so there's no alimony or child support involved. She just wants equitable distribution of assets. Her husband wants to stay in the house but offered a low price to buy her share.
So far only the complaint has been filed and they are in the stage of filing CIS but the retainer has been almost drained already.
Is it reasonable charge in New Jersey? How much do people usually pay for a case like hers? She is Well educated and knew not to bother her attorney/paralegal unless it's necessary.
Is it wise to change attorney in the middle of a divorce? If she wants to change attorney, right now it seems to be a good time before she submits her CIS. Any feedback is appreciated.
Posted by: MinnesotaMom

Re: Change attorney in the middle of a divorce in NJ - 01/19/18 01:43 AM

$5000 isn't alot of money when it comes to divorce, but from you wrote, it sounds like not much has been done. $5000 is often enough to complete a divorce if the 2 are in agreement.

What exact areas are they not able to see eye to eye?