JUST WHAT YOU NEED - JUST WHEN YOU NEED IT
Make the Most of Your Time with these Family Law Services for Lawyers
Legal research & writing
Case law research & memos
Research and shadow writing for CPD presentations
My work always includes:
a time estimate before starting work
a formal or informal memo depending on your preference
highlighted and clear electronic copies of the case law for your Book of Authorities
Court documents (Conference briefs, Financial Statements, Notices of Motion, Affidavits, Facta)
Cohabitation and Marriage Contracts
Opinion letters and closing letters
I will communicate with you or your client as you wish to ensure the document is tailored to your style and needs
Court Hearings as Agent
Appear as your agent at adjournments, simple motions and case conferences
Includes preparation and follow up with you and your client (if you wish)
Vacation & Parental Leave Assistance
“Babysit” your files while you take a well-earned vacation
Assist with overflow during times you are short-staffed
Meet with clients, prepare documents and attend court as needed
Why hire a freelance FAMILY lawyer? BECAUSE…
You need extra help sometimes, but not all the time
You need some help with a tricky family law issue that requires careful analysis
You are double-booked, or really need to spend your time on a more pressing matter
You can devote your time to the most important parts of the file & outsource the rest at a lower cost
The lower cost means your client will have more money left to pay for your fees
You are too busy, but are not sure if it will last, so don’t want to committ to hiring an associate
You are looking for better work / life balance
Will there be problems with conflicts?
Not likely - I have been working as a freelance lawyer for over 16 years and have only run into 1 conflict so far!
I keep a comprehensive list of all clients and lawyers with whom I have worked and do a conflict check before starting work
I never work directly for a client if I have previously been retained by their lawyer, unless the lawyer asks me to do so
HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?
My hourly rate is $250 / hour plus HST
Estimates provided in advance upon request
Reduced rates are available for low income clients & non-billable projects
Do you require a retainer deposit?
No, not if retained directly by you as a lawyer
Yes, if retained directly by your client
Accounts are due & payable immediately upon receipt
How do I bill my client for your work?
My account can be billed to your client as a straight disbursement noted on your account
See Rules of Professional Conduct, R. 3.6-3
Or, you can pay me and incorporate the amount into your fees billed to your client (See R. 3.6-5)
Either way, your client must know & consent to me doing this work for you on the client’s behalf
When are you available?
Regular work hours 9:30 - 3:30 pm Mon- Fri
Otherwise by appointment