Welcome to the Godwin Law Firm specializing in family law. Our office is in downtown historic Wilmington, North Carolina, we have been providing premier legal services in New Hanover County and surrounding areas for over 20 years. We are conveniently located to the courthouses, hotels, restaurants, and historic sites.
David Godwin is one of North Carolina's most experienced attorneys concentrating in family law and divorce, successfully protecting clients' rights exclusively in the field of family law. These areas include spousal and child support, property division, custody, wills, adoptions and name changes. Mr. Godwin is a North Carolina native, graduating from Campbell University Law School.
The Godwin Law Firm was established to serve the needs of individuals of medium to high net worth seeking a NC divorce lawyer. Divorce is always a serious matter, and in the case of parties who own significant assets, relationship exit strategies can be highly complex and challenging. The Godwin Law Firm brings tenacity and strategic approaches to a NC divorce by maximizing financial awards, winning desired child custody, and addressing tax concerns. Persons located in Wilmington, NC and surrounding areas with family law related issues are encouraged to call 910.762.0410.
The Godwin Law Firm philosophy represents our quality commitment to our clients:
We believe that our Family Law clients deserve to be treated like human beings, not merely like files.
We treat our clients as the most valuable asset of our firm - they are the purpose of our work, not an interruption.
We provide our Family Law clients with attentive and courteous service, because they deserve it.
We believe clients should be informed about the legal process because every step we take has an effect on them.
We constantly strive to increase our legal knowledge and sharpen our professional expertise.
We believe our clients deserve the best.
We are empathetic and compassionate in dealing with our Family Law clients' legal needs.
We make our best efforts at a fair, negotiated settlement because our clients deserve it.
We know that our clients time is just as valuable as ours.
We will not allow or condone children to be used to gain a favorable outcome.
Children deserve to be protected in a divorce, not treated like an asset - to be traded or bargained for.
We try to equip our Family Law clients with every opportunity to move forward with a satisfying post- divorce life.
We welcome feedback as we continue to evolve our firm to best serve you.
Our fees vary depending on the type of legal help you need and the complexity of the case. Most people going through a divorce or a separation are concerned about legal costs. In many cases, their concern is justified, because divorce or family law litigation can be very expensive, and the stress of additional expense is just about the last thing people going through a divorce or separation need.
However, obtaining competent Family Law advice can actually reduce the overall legal cost by helping the parties to avoid making decisions which complicate their case or prejudice their rights.
Only in very limited circumstances can NC Family lawyers take a case on a "contingency" basis where they receive a percentage of the amount recovered for the client. Most family law lawyers bill their clients on a monthly or periodic basis based on an hourly rate for the time spent on their case. Many clients ask for an estimate of the total fees which will be charged to them for their case. Unfortunately, in most cases it is extremely difficult if not impossible to give a reliable estimate; however, throughout the course of your case, you will be kept informed about costs.
When accepting a case, most family lawyers will ask for a deposit to be applied towards the anticipated costs of the case. This deposit is referred to as a "retainer".
In some cases a fixed fee may be appropriate, particularly where the case is simple and the extent of the work to be provided by the lawyer is foreseeable, such as an uncontested divorce.
Clients are billed on a monthly basis and receive a detailed statement itemizing the work done during the previous month. The hourly rate can vary depending on the complexity of the case and other considerations.
Godwin Law Firm • 910.762.0410 • 206 Princess Street • Wilmington, NC 28401
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