Alteneder Law focuses on serving the growing number of people representing themselves in family law matters, such as:
custody & visitation
modifications of custody, visitation and support
Unlike traditional full-service litigation firms, Alteneder Law provides hourly services only. It will not represent you in all aspects of the case, but rather only in the parts you designate. Here are some examples of how you might engage the firm:
Terms of Payment Services are billed hourly or as a flat rate, depending on your needs and preferences. As with most law firms, if you choose an hourly rate, a retainer will be required. However, because the scope of the services is limited, the size of the retainer is much smaller than what is often required by a full-representation firm. Payment for all matters is due at the time of service, and credit cards are accepted. Service members and their dependents receive a discount.
Representing Yourself If you are planning on representing yourself, you are not alone. The Alaska Court System estimates that 70% of family law cases have at least one self-represented person. However, the law is complex and often defies common sense, so it is essential that you get legal advice. And while independent paralegals are very helpful, remember that they are not trained, authorized or licensed to give legal advice or to provide legal representation. Additionally, communications with paralegals who are not supervised by a lawyer are not legally confidential, and independent paralegals cannot carry malpractice insurance to protect you. On Alaska family law matters, you should get legal advice ONLY from a lawyer licensed to practice law in Alaska. For more information about lawyers in Alaska, you can visit the Alaska Bar Association's webpage .