JUST WHAT YOU NEED - JUST WHEN YOU NEED IT

Choose from any of these services to help with your family law needs:

initial Consultation

  • 1.5 hour consultation meeting (telephone or in person)

  • Letter summarizing our meeting & my recommendations

  • 1 follow up email / telephone call

Document Preparation

  • Any and all Family Law Rules court forms

  • Financial Statements & Net Family Property Statements

  • Factum and Book of Authorities for family court motions

  • Cohabitation/ Marriage Contracts

  • Separation Agreements

CoNSULTING & COaching

  • Legal advice & opinions

  • Guidance on how to represent yourself

  • Editing legal documents you have prepared

ATTENDING COURT DATES

  • Attend at court with you for your case conference or motion

  • Speak to the judge for you

  • Negotiate with the opposing party

  • 1 meeting to prepare & 1 follow up meeting


The Family Law Workshop 

Small group information seminars co-hosted with my colleague Lisa Eisen

Family law news & information posted to Facebook & LinkedIn


FAQ’s

DO I NEED A LAWYER?

  • You are never required to have a lawyer, but it is always a good idea to get some help from a lawyer

  • Only lawyers are authorized to give you legal advice about family law rights and responsibilities

  • Lawyers can help you navigate the court process so that you can get the best result for you and your family

  • Statistics show that people who represent themselves in court are less successful than those with lawyers

  • If you are not successful in court you will be required to pay at least some and maybe all of the other side’s legal fees

Why hire a freelance lawyer for LIMITED SCOPE LEGAL SERVICES?

  • You need and want a lawyer to help you sometimes, but not all the time

  • You have just started to live together or have just separated and you want to know about your rights and responsiblities

  • You need independent legal advice on a Separation Agreement or a Cohabitation / Marriage Contract

  • You are representing yourself and feel overwhelmed

  • Or, you are representing yourself and want to confirm that you are on the right track

What ARE LIMITED SCOPE or UNBUNDLED LEGAL SeRVICES, AND HOW are they DIFFERENT FROM TRADITIONAL LEGAL representation?

  • In a traditional lawyer-client relationship, the lawyer does EVERYTHING related to the legal case

  • A freelance lawyer who provides unbundled or limited scope legal services does only ONE piece or SOME of the work for you

  • In a limited scope arrangement, you are responsible for everything in your case including the overall management of the case

  • A lawyer providing limited scope services can go to court for you but does not go “on the record” in your court case

  • If you are working with a lawyer under a limited scope retainer, you must let the court and the other party know the limits of the retainer so everyone is clear on who is responsible for what

DO FAMILY LAWYERS PREPARE WILLS?

  • No, most family lawyers do not prepare wills or help resolve inheritance disputes

  • Wills and Powers of Attorney are usually prepared by wills and estates lawyers, who have expertise in that area of the law

  • I can refer you to a wills and estates lawyer who can help you prepare or update your will

Can we both see the same lawyer?

  • No. Lawyers are not allowed to advise both spouses, because clients share confidential information with us and we share confidential advice with you

  • I will do a conflict check before I meet with you to make sure I can assist you

  • I would be happy to provide your spouse with the names of other lawyers who would be able to give them independent legal advice

HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?

  • Initial consultation fee is $500 plus HST

  • All other services billed at $250 / hour plus HST

  • I will provide you with a personalized estimate before each step of your case

  • Reduced rates are available for low income clients

Do you ASK FOR a retainer FEE?

  • No, I do not ask for a traditional retainer fee deposit

  • Initial consultation fee payments must be delivered prior to our first meeting; they are deposited after

  • A deposit based on the time estimated for the next step may be requested before starting additional work

  • Accounts are due & payable immediately upon receipt

DO YOU ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS?

  • No, I do not accept credit card payments at this time

  • Payment can be made by etransfer or by cheque

When are you available?

  • Regular work hours 9:30 - 3:30 pm Mon- Fri

  • Otherwise by appointment