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Firm Overview

The Bonham Law Firm is focused on providing the highest quality legal services to people needing assistance with all types of family law matters, with an emphasis on meeting the client's needs and exceeding the client's expectations.

The Bonham Law Firm was established in July, 2007 in Miami, Florida, when I saw the need for a boutique family law firm that offered exceptional and responsive client service.

Example cases

Florida ethics governing advertising generally prohibit us from disclosing actual results of our cases. We typically handle divorce cases where the parties have minor children, a home, some retirement benefits and/or pensions. We also negotiate and draft prenuptial/antenuptial agreements, and litigate over them, as well. In addition, we handle child custody, child support and relocation cases, as well as alimony enforcement and modification.

Main Office

Main
The Fournier Building 1747 NE 124 Street
North Miami  FL  33181

Phone
  • (305) 895-0468

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

Because clients will often get a wealth of information about the law and how it may apply to their situation during the initial consultation, we charge our hourly rate of $275 for the length of the consultation. However, mention Nolo.com and we will give you a 25% discount on the initial consultation.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

I generally do not charge a flat fee for any service. The nature of family law is that no one can ever accurately predict how much time it will take to obtain a certain goal, and given the emotionally charged issues in most family law cases, it almost always takes longer than anyone predicted.

Hourly Rates

$275 per hour, but people should be aware that under many circumstances, the Florida court can and will make the other side pay some or all of your attorney's fees. This is generally based upon your need and the other side's ability to pay. In other words, no one should stay in a bad situation just because they have been told that they cannot afford an attorney, or that the other side will throw them out in the street with no money, etc. Each situation is unique, so you should talk with me first to discuss your options.

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Emergency After Hours

Yes

Languages Spoken

Some Spanish.

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

It chose me - when I was in law school I applied for a couple different clerkships as a certified legal intern, but my first choices were not available. I fell into family law, and soon became very interested in the practice area for many reasons. For example, I enjoy having a real person for a client, not some faceless company or a bank. I like the fact that no two cases can ever be the same (unlike doing foreclosures or bankruptcy law). I appreciate the fact that the practice of family law regularly brings me into contact with other areas of the law, such as tax law, real property law and business law.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

People who may become involved in any legal action must do everything they can to educate themselves, or else they run the risk of significantly negative consequences. This is especially true in family law matters, where the decisions made will affect families and children for many years. However, most people make the mistake of listening to everyone, but an experienced family law attorney. The responsibility is yours to learn everything you can, and while general legal concepts can be understood by independent research, only an experienced family law attorney can explain how that law applies to your specific facts. Your situation is unique and you should have an attorney that understands that.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

I encourage my clients to be involved in their case as much as they can be, and will often ask my clients to prepare documents for my review and use at deposition, mediation and trial.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

I am willing to represent clients in a limited capacity at my normal hourly rate. For example, I can be retained only for the purposes of assisting a client with preparing their responses to formal requests for information and documents from the other side (known as the discovery process).

David L. Bonham

License
  • Bar Number: 0128813
    Florida , 1997
Education
  • University of Miami School of Law
    Juris Doctor , 1997
    Miami, FL
    Honors:
  • University of Texas
    B.A. , 1994
    Arlington, TX

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