We apply modern business rules, technology and best-practices to help us work smarter within a traditional industry, which ultimately makes the legal experience more efficient and affordable for our clients. The hourly rates for our family lawyers range from $300 to $490 per hour, depending on their experience and these rates are all-inclusive, meaning our clients never see extra charges for couriers, photocopies, faxes, scans, long distances or parking.
The cost and time to resolve a family law matter is extremely difficult to predict due to many variables, but in general, we find the complexity of the legal needs and the level of conflict between the two parties will ultimately have the biggest impact on the outcome. We encourage you to use our calculator below to get a general idea or to speak with one of our family lawyers to get a more accurate estimate based on your specific situation.
There are many factors that determine the level of complexity, but generally, the number of legal issues will be the biggest influence. The most common issues are child custody and access, child support, spousal support, property division and family businesses.
|LOW $||Legal issues include child custody/access/support, spousal support and basic property division (matrimonial home).|
|MEDIUM $$||Everything in low, but with moderate property division (home, cottage, pensions, investments) and a family business.|
|HIGH $$$||Everything in medium, but with extensive property division (multiple homes, cottages, pensions, investments) and multiple businesses.|
The level of conflict typically determines the approach, so it has the most impact in terms of time and cost. The most common reasons for conflicts include communication breakdowns, abuse (verbal, emotional, physical or sexual), adultery, restraining orders, personality disorder and mental illness..
|LOW $||Both parties can cooperate and negotiate with very few meetings.|
|MEDIUM $$||Both parties can cooperate, but require more meetings for negotiation or mediation.|
|HIGH $$$||Both parties are unable to cooperate or negotiate, so litigation is the only option.|
* The above estimate is for information purposes only.
For a more accurate estimate, please book a consultation with one our family lawyers.
How do I start the process?
If you’d like to speak with one of our family lawyers, the first step is to book an initial legal consultation by submitting our online form or by calling our office at (416) 595-9995.
What is the initial legal consultation?
It’s a private and confidential meeting between you and one of our family lawyers at our office (or over the phone). The meeting is mandatory for anyone looking to speak with one of our family lawyers (or to retain our firm). During the meeting, you can expect to get legal advice, information and answers related to your specific situation. Our goal is to provide all the information you need to help make an informed decision in terms of next steps. The meeting also helps determine the compatibility in terms of personality, expectations and overall fit between you and our firm.
Is there a fee for the legal consultation?
Yes, the fee is based on the hourly rates of our family lawyers, which range from $300 to $490 per hour (depending on the lawyer’s experience). On average, the meeting takes approximately 1 hour, so you can expect to pay between $300 to $490 for the consultation.
Do you offer free consultations?
Sorry, we do not offer free consultations. If you’re looking for a family lawyer who offers free consultations, please contact the Law Society of Ontario.
Do you accept legal aid certificates?
Sorry, we do not accept legal aid. If you’re looking for a family lawyer who accepts legal aid certificates, please contact Legal Aid Ontario.
What happens after the consultation?
You may want to take some time to think about your options or retain our law firm (depending on the urgency of your matter). The choice is yours and there’s absolutely no obligation to retain our firm after the meeting.
How do I retain your firm?
Once you’ve completed the initial legal consultation (and that you’re ready to proceed with your matter), you’ll need to sign our retainer agreement and make an initial deposit of $5,000 or more (ie. retainer payment). The funds are deposited into our law firm’s Trust account, then applied towards future services/invoices related to your matter. The dollar amount for the initial deposit (and ongoing retainer payments) depends on the level of conflict and complexity of your matter. Your lawyer can provide an budget estimate during your initial consultation.
How does the invoicing work?
Our staff logs their time into our time-tracking software daily (rounded-up to the nearest minute). All billable activities and expenses are itemized in details on each invoice, which are sent to clients once per month. The client’s retainer is then used to pay the invoice.
What methods of payments do you accept?
We accept all forms of payments, including Interac e-Transfers, bank/wire transfers, cash, cheques, debit and credit (Visa or Mastercard). Payments can be made in person or by phone, but the easiest and fastest way to make payments is by logging into our online client portal.
Do you offer financing or payment plans?
We work with third-party lenders who can provide financial assistance for your legal proceeding. We can help facilitate the process, but the relationship remains between you and the lender.
Do you work with contingency fees?
Sorry, we do not work with contingency fees because The Law Society of Ontario does not permit this type of fee structure in family law.
Speak with one of our family lawyers by booking a legal consultation online or by phone.