FAQs

Do you offer free consultations?

Yes, I offer courtesy consultations up to 1 hour.  Consultations can be in person, by phone or via Zoom.

Do you require retainers, and, if so, what is the amount?

Yes, a retainer payment is required for all cases at Baer Family Law.  The amount varies depending on the nature of your case.  It is important to remember that retainers are not earned upon receipt.  They are pre-payments toward future legal fees and costs to carry on your case.  Retainers are not necessarily indicative of what your total case costs may be.  Retainers and overall costs are discussed during your initial free consultation.

Do you offer remote mediations?

Yes.  Although I prefer in-person mediations, I can accommodate mediations via Zoom for those who desire this option due to health and safety concerns, distance or any other reason that may make Zoom the best option for your case.

How should I dress for court?

Court is a formal process to be taken very seriously.  While you do not need to dress as formally as your lawyer may, my suggestion to clients is that they dress “business casual”.  Wear appropriate clothing and footwear, and be clean and put together as much as possible.

What is “family law”?

Family law is an umbrella term that includes all areas of domestic relations and family law.  Most commonly, this includes legal issues such as divorce, custody, paternity, child support and adoption.

Does family law include estate planning?

Some attorneys include estate planning as part of family law.  However, domestic relations and estate planning/probate fall under different statutes and laws and so the legal practices of each are separate in many ways.

At Baer Family Law, PLLC, my philosophy is that clients are best served by hiring an attorney who is an expert in their legal issue.  I have established myself as an expert in family and domestic relations law.

How long have you been an attorney?

Since 2007.

Have you always practiced family law?

Yes, divorce and family law has been my exclusive practice my entire career.

Do you represent clients who do not reside in the Twin Cities?

Yes, I have extensive experience representing clients who do not reside where their case and attorney are located.  If your case is located in Minnesota and you do not reside in Minnesota, you will need to hire an attorney who is licensed where your case in located.  Throughout my career, I have represented clients who reside in out-state Minnesota, outside of Minnesota and even outside of the United States.  Thanks to modern-day technology, I have found that representing clients without meeting face-to-face can be a very similar experience to representing a client who is local.  I take every step possible to ensure my clients rights are protected no matter where they are located.

What is the difference between child support and spousal maintenance?

Most simply put, child support is financial support a parent pays (usually to the other parent) for the support of a joint child.  Spousal maintenance is financial support a former spouse pays to their former spouse for his/her support separate and irrelevant of any child support or joint children.  Child support must be addressed in every divorce case including children and every custody and parenting time case where the parents never married.  Though child support is not paid directly to the child, it is the right of the child to receive child support.  Spousal maintenance is also an issue to be addressed in every divorce case, even if the result is that no spousal maintenance is paid.

Can child support be waived?

No, for public policy reasons, child support cannot be waived.  However, parties may reach creative agreements with respect to child support if these agreements are in the best interests of the child and ensure the child’s financial needs are met.

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