Below you will find our General Rates. They are general as we need to know what exactly is necessary for your case to provide you with an exact rate. However, the general rates below will give you a very good idea of what the process is likely to cost you. Once we have communicated regarding your specific case, you will get a rate that includes all attorney fees for the services set-out in your individual engagement agreement. Keep in mind that the rates do not include costs. For example, you will likely have to pay the Clerk of Court for a certified copy of the QDRO or QILDRO, and this cost is not included.
If you have a divorce decree in one state, say Illinois, and you are eligible to seek a QDRO or QILDRO from the same court, the flat rates start at $1,200 for a case involving one retirement account (such as a 401(k)) or QILDRO, and $1,400 for a case involving one pension plan. This would include drafting the QDRO, having it pre-approved, preparing a Motion for Entry of the QDRO, noticing it up before the Court, sending the notice, providing the Judge courtesy copies, and appearing in court one time, as well as obtaining a certified copy of the QDRO and drafting a letter to the Plan Administrator to have it implemented. Filing fees & costs are usually low in these cases.
From Out of State & Drafts
If you just need to draft a QDRO and have it pre-approved, the cost is about $500. If the state where you were divorced is not Illinois and a QILDRO is required, we will need to do all in the "In State" section, plus enroll or register the foreign (out-of-state) dissolution of marriage decree: prepare a Petition to Enroll the Judgment and provide appropriate notice to the former jurisdiction, and take other steps. This often happens when parties retire in another state after earning a public pension in Illinois, since a QILDRO can only be entered by an Illinois court. Typical cost of this case is $2,000. Filing fees are usually higher in these cases and include a new case filing fee of about $500.
I think that you will find the rates we quote you reasonable. You can compare them to competitors. Most QDRO preparation sites will cost you around $500 for drafting the QDRO or QILDRO and only having it pre-approved by the Plan. They will not file any documents in court and certainly will not appear in court, as they tend not to be attorneys. Most law firms will require a retainer to bill against hourly, and while some will quote an extremely low flat rate at the start, you may find hidden fees for piecemeal work. My firm will always be up-front with you with NOTHING hidden. Please contact us to learn more, and never hesitate to ask any question.