I am a member of the State Bar of California, the Bar of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California (San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside Counties), the Bar of the U.S. Tax Court, the California and National Associations of Realtors, and I have comprehensive knowledge of California estate law.
You ask if a $5,000 fee is reasonable for a spousal property petition. Yes, it's reasonable, because, an attorney never knows what may suddenly arise in the representation that is unexpected. Clients frequently omit information, either because they don't know that it's important, or they are embarrassed to disclose it immediately to the lawyer or paralegal -- who is a stranger.
That said, if all you want is help filling out the petition that you will present yourself, then it's probably twice what I would charge. But, every attorney is different, and we all set our own prices based upon market conditions.
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