Frequently Asked Questions

Do I really need a lawyer?

If you have a legal matter that needs a resolution, then in our opinion, yes you do need a lawyer.  Many people have the misconception that they can simply “read up on the law” on the internet and then handle their own case.  We often have clients come in who have tried to represent themselves and now have found themselves in a bigger bind.  In the court system, there are generally no do-overs.  We believe the best course of action is to schedule an initial consultation for one hour.  During that time, you can get your questions answered and be able to make an informed decision about representation.

Why should I hire Gonser and Gonser?

The foundation of Gonser and Gonser is customer service.  We understand that being involved in the court system can be stressful, frustrating and expensive.  We do everything we can to make the process as painless as possible.  Our attorneys are very experienced and compassionate.  They practice in many different types of law including divorce, custody, child support, visitation, property division, spousal support, PFAs, criminal defense, elder law, estates, wills, probate and personal injury.

What will it cost for a lawyer to handle my case?

It depends.  Like most firms, we generally receive an up-front retainer and we charge by the hour out of that retainer.  You will receive a monthly invoice that details your account activity.  There could also be some court filing fees that would be paid out of the retainer as well.  The amount of the retainer or funds needed really depends on the complexity of the case and how litigious the matter gets.  Cases that settle are certainly cheaper than cases that go to trial.  We encourage frank and open discussions about fees.  We begin this discussion in our initial consultation and our fee and billing structure is outlined in our Legal Representation Agreement.

Can I pay my lawyer on a contingency fee basis?

Our personal injury attorney, Rory Godowsky, handles her personal injury cases on a contingency basis.  Our other attorneys work on an hourly basis.  The Delaware Rules of Professional Responsibility prohibit family law matters being from being billed on a contingency basis.

How do I get started?

Please call our office at (302) 478-4445 to schedule an initial consultation.  We would be happy to sit down and talk.