Our Fees

The Cost of Hiring a Divorce Lawyer in Texas

It is normal to be very concerned about the cost of hiring a good lawyer. Everyone wonders about it, and it is an early topic of conversation when a potential client contacts our firm.

The short answer is: the more fighting in your case, the more it will cost. That said, most cases fall within a range based on the several factors outline below. We bill hourly like all attorneys but approach our billing in a way that is more transparent, honest and fair to you than other firms.

When you hire an attorney at our firm, you will be required to pay a retainer. This is an upfront fee that ranges in price according to the complexity of your case. This payment is then placed in your trust account. Your attorney’s hourly rate, along with any court costs or additional fees will be deducted from the trust. If, at the conclusion of your case, there are unused funds in your client trust, you will be refunded this amount.

Retainer fees usually range from $5,000 to $20,000. The retainer amount is set by the complexity of the client’s case and the level of conflict involved, as well as the client’s ability to pay ongoing fees.

Factors used to determine retainer fees generally include:

  • Whether or not there are children involved
  • The amount and type of assets involved in the divorce
  • The level of anticipated conflict in the case
  • Location, including the court/county where the case is filed
  • The opposing attorney
  • The likelihood that the client will pay in the future

We are happy to answer any questions you may have about retainers in general or your specific retainer. Read on to learn more about each of our attorney’s fees, including retainer fees, as well as where they are located.

Brian D. Walters

  • Bills At: $550/hr.
  • Retainer Fee: Starting at $15,000 for divorces with kids and at $10,000 for other types of cases
  • Consultation Fee: $500
  • Willing to Travel: Yes
  • Experience: Licensed to practice since 1996; Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialists; Avvo Client Choice Award 2017 and prior years; approximately 3,500 cases handled; over 150 5-star reviews.

James “Jake” Gilbreath

  • Bills At: $450/hr.
  • Retainer Fee: Starting at $10,000 for cases contested custody cases and $7,500 for all other types of cases
  • Consultation Fee: $500
  • Willing to Travel: Yes
  • Experience: Licensed to Practice since 2009; Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization; Rated 10.0 Superb by Avvo.com with over 80 five-star reviews; selected for inclusion in the Texas Super Lawyers® Rising Stars℠ list; frequently asked to serve as a guest speaker on various family law and litigation matters, with a particular focus on trial work and jury trials

James W. Piper

  • Bills At: $525/hr.
  • Retainer Fee: Starting at $7,500 to $20,000, depending on case
  • Consultation Fee: $500
  • Willing to Travel: Yes
  • Experience: Licensed to Practice since 1974; Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization; Rated 10.0 Superb by Avvo.com; selected for inclusion in the Texas Super Lawyers® ℠ list for every year since 2011; is AV Preeminent® Rated by Martindale-Hubbell® (the highest rating possible)AV ; listed by Texas Monthly as Top 50 Attorneys in Central Texas.

Other Attorney & Staff Fees

  • Associate Attorneys bill at $300-$350/hr.
  • Our non-attorney staff (i.e. paralegals, law clerks, and/or legal assistants) bill at hourly rates between $100 to $200/hr.
  • Consultation Fee: $250

At Walters Gilbreath, PLLC, we strive to offer fair fees. We don’t nickle-and-dime you with petty charges like faxes (some lawyers still use these!). We do not inflate our billing with padded bills or minimum 15 or 30 minute increments. We have fair, transparent billing that we send out each month so that you know where you stand.

For more information about our fees or the hiring process, reach out to us online or by calling our office at (844) 451-1220. Our team is happy to answer your questions.

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  • Brain Walters and Jake Gilbreath both worked on my divorce case which resulted in a very favorable outcome. I recommend Brian and Jake since they are both very experienced and knowledgeable. Questions asked were almost always answered the same day. I highly recommend this law firm.

    - Michael V.

  • Brian and Jake listened carefully to my situation. They prepared all appropriate court documents and filed them the next day. Their staff was pleasant to deal with and very organized. Although I was under a great deal of stress from my spouse's emotional abuse, their prompt and appropriate legal ...

    - Cindy

  • Great law firm. Very professional. They fought for me and my son. I am pleased with my case. I will highly recommend this law firm. Thank you.

    - Ogechi

  • Mr. Walters has been a lifesaver for me. My ex-wife kidnapped my children and the police would not help me recover them using my custody order. I contacted Brian and we were in front of a judge the next day and my children were returned within hours after that. The proceeding family court case that ...

    - William I.

  • Jim is an exceptional attorney with his client's upmost interest at heart. From the beginning, through the time he brought my case to closure, Jim displayed such care and attention to detail. He will shephard you through a very difficult and emotional process with nothing but grace, compassion and ...

    - Shannon

  • Jake Gilbreath has been extremely helpful and impactful in my recent divorce proceedings. Initially my divorce was amicable, but degraded quickly with legal wrangling on the part of my wife's counsel. Immediately after Jake was engaged, things snapped back to a realistic agenda and a prompt ...

    - David P.

How We Treat Our Clients

When it comes to our clients, we have a unique approach—an approach our lawyers have cultivated after representing thousands of clients over the years. When you trust your family law case to our competent team of Texas divorce attorneys, we offer:

  • Direct Contact With Our Attorneys

    You deserve direct and frequent communication with your attorney, not staff. As attorney practices grow, the usual reaction is to hire more staff. We’ve been guilty of the same thing in the past, but we learned and improved. The problem with this approach is attorneys get isolated from clients and spend most of their time managing the staff (at the client’s expense). We’ve now structured our offices so that you will be dealing with an attorney on all matters, not an employee of the attorneys.

  • Fearless Use of the Court System

    Many attorneys fail to use the court system to their clients’ advantage. In fact, many will shy away from trial and try to convince their clients to settle when a better outcome can likely be achieved in court. The reason for this is that a court hearing is stressful for the attorney, difficult to predict, and may expose the attorney’s limitations. We will not pressure you into a bad settlement; in fact, we’ve found that our clients get a better outcome when we present their case to a judge or jury.

  • The Truth, Even When It Hurts

    Attorneys, like everyone, tend to tell people what they want to hear. This is especially true at the beginning of representation (to get you signed up). We don’t think this is helpful to clients, and in fact, it harms a client’s case. We are not shy about telling our clients what we think they need to do. As a client of our firm, you will get the truth—good or bad—from us at all times.

  • Strong Legal Guidance

    The most difficult time you will ever have making the right decisions is in the middle of a family law dispute. Many clients either want to rush things and get them over with, or they want to avoid conflict with the other side. We don't shy away from telling the client what we think is the best course of action. Of course, what to do is ultimately up to our clients, but they never lack for strong, helpful guidance.

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