Anessa Novasio wants to make legal services affordable to all.
Anessa will work with you to develop a fee arrangement that works for you. Sliding scale fees, based on your income, are designed to increase your access to quality legal services.
Market rate legal fees can be prohibitive for low and middle income people. Although there are community organizations that provide pro bono or reduced fee legal assistance (click here for links to these resources), our society does not come close to meeting the need for affordable legal services.
Anessa offers sliding scale rates based on gross household income. Contingency fee, flat fees, and payment plans may also be available. Hourly rates are more cost-effective when clients choose to be more involved in their cases, for example by filling out as much of their own forms (especially for immigration and divorce) as they can. Anessa also accepts a limited number of pro bono clients and does her best to provide legal services at rates her clients can afford. Please inquire for more information.
Anessa's regular hourly rate is $250/ hour. Initial consultations are $150 for up to 90 minutes including legal research.
Sliding scale rates range from $80-$190/ hour:
Reduced hourly rates are available based on household size and income level (see table below):
- Client household income 250% or less than Federal Poverty Level: $80/hour
- Client household income 250-350% of Federal Poverty Level: $120/hour
- Client household income 350-450% of Federal Poverty Level: $190/hour
Sample Flat Fees (may be subject to change/ depends on individual circumstances):
Naturalization (preparation of relevant documents): $1200 (sliding scale: $650-$975)
Greencard by Marriage to a US Citizen (preparation of I-130, I-485 and related forms): $1900 (sliding scale: $950-$1650)
*Above fees do not include attendance at interview, if applicable. Such service may be added for $250.
Agreed Divorce (no children): $750 (sliding scale: $350-$600) | Agreed Divorce with children: $1500 (sliding scale: $750-$1200)
Chapter 7 Bankruptcy: $1350 (sliding scale: $650-$1100)
Unemployment Appeal: $1200 (sliding scale: $550-975)
Standard Will (individual, no minor children): $500 (sliding scale: $250-$400); (individual, minor children): $700 (sliding scale: $350-$600)
Standard Wills (couple, no minor children): $700 (sliding scale: $350-$600); (couples with minor children): $1350 (sliding scale: $600-$1000)
Current Federal Poverty Guidelines available at: https://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty-guidelines
Household Size 250% 350% 450%
1 $31,900 $44,660 $57,420
2 $43,100 $60,340 $77,580
3 $54,300 $76,020 $97,740
4 $65,500 $91,700 $117,900
5 $76,700 $107,380 $138,060
Very helpful and professional. "Anessa helped me and my family with the highest level of professionalism. She did not just help win our case, she also always gave us the best advice and always available when we needed help. She is very nice and caring. We are very grateful that we had her as our attorney." -Immigration client