LEGAL FEES

FLEXIBLE LEGAL FEES FOR DIFFERENT LEGAL NEEDS.

Whether you need a lawyer, mediator or arbitrator for your family law matter, our flexible fee structure is designed to accommodate various legal needs and approaches in family law. We keep our business operations running smoothly, which allows our full-service family law firm to deliver world-class legal services at competitive rates.

LEGAL CONSULTATIONS

For people who need to speak with a family lawyer before or during the legal process. Typically, the lawyer will provide answers and information during a meeting (or multiple meetings), in order to help clients make informed decisions related to their specific legal needs in family law.

  • Book one or multiple meetings
  • Pay as you go
  • Get answers to your legal questions

from $275 per hour

WHY CHOOSE THIS OPTION?
This option is recommended for new clients and/or self-represented litigants who have legal needs, and have not yet retained a family lawyer for full legal representation.

LEGAL REPRESENTATION

For people who need a family lawyer to act on their behalf during the entire legal process. Typically, the lawyer will help the client resolve their dispute by planning and implementing the necessary legal strategy to reach a resolution or to seek a final decision (in or out of court).

  • Resolve urgent and/or complex legal needs
  • Get peace of mind with a full service law firm
  • Avoid errors and achieve great results

from $3,000 per retainer

WHY CHOOSE THIS OPTION?
This option is recommended for people who are unfamiliar with the legal system, and/or who are uncomfortable proceeding with the legal process without the full representation of a family lawyer.

ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION

For people who need a neutral third-party to help resolve their disputes privately (outside the traditional court system). With or without their lawyer, both parties voluntarily work with a mediator and/or arbitrator to negotiate a resolution or to seek a final decision.

  • Reduce financial and emotional stress
  • Get faster settlements or decisions
  • Split the fees 50/50 with the other party

$3,950 per day

WHY CHOOSE THIS OPTION?
This option is recommended as an alternative to the traditional public system (ie. court). It allows people to resolve their disputes faster, while also reducing their legal fees and emotional stress.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT OUR LEGAL FEES

01. WHAT IS YOUR FEE STRUCTURE FOR LEGAL CONSULTATIONS?

All new clients who need legal advice are required to book an initial legal consultation with one of our family lawyers (we recommend 1 hour). You can also purchase extra time, which can be applied towards the initial legal consultation and/or future consulting services/work.

02. WHAT IS YOUR FEE STRUCTURE FOR LEGAL REPRESENTATION AND ADR?

We require an initial retainer, which gets deposited into our law firm’s Trust account. The funds are then used/applied towards future invoices related to your matter. The amount and/or frequency of the retainer depends on the legal needs and complexity of your matter.

03. HOW DOES THE INVOICING WORK FOR LEGAL REPRESENTATION?

Our lawyers and law clerks log 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.

04. HOW MUCH WILL MY MATTER COST?

Your legal fees will depend on your legal needs, which can typically be estimated by a family lawyer. To get an idea on the estimated fees and/or financial obligations for your specific matter, you'll need to book an initial legal consultation with one of our family lawyers.

05. BILLABLE EXPENSES VS. NON-BILLABLE EXPENSES

With the exception of outside professional services (ex: process servers, expert witnesses etc...), our legal fees are all-inclusive, meaning you’ll never see a charge for couriers, court levies, paper, faxes, scans, long distances, postage stamps, telephone conference, parking or mileage.

06. 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.

07. IS MY INFORMATION CONFIDENTIAL?

All verbal and written information you share with our law firm is strictly private and confidential. In fact, your information is protected by solicitor-client privilege, meaning our law firm has a legal and professional obligation to not disclose any of your information without your permission.

08. DO YOU OFFER FREE LEGAL ADVICE OR ACCEPT LEGAL AID CERTIFICATES?

Unfortunately, we don’t represent legal aid clients or offer free legal advice (sorry). If you’re looking for a family lawyer who accepts legal aid certificates and/or provides free legal advice, please contact Legal Aid Ontario or the Law Society of Upper Canada.