I charge $200 (H.S.T. included) for a consultation. A thorough consultation usually takes from forty-five minutes to an hour, depending on the complexity of your case and the number of questions you may have. While some lawyers, particularly personal injury lawyers, offer free half hour consultations I do not believe that is enough time to properly advise a potential family law client.

You should bring all relevant documents to the consultation. For example, if you have a separation agreement or court, order I can provide you with a more detailed opinion if I can review the actual documents.

Consultations provide you with an opportunity to decide if you feel comfortable with me handling your case. During the consultation we will discuss your situation in detail and, in particular: how I believe your case should be handled; the estimated time frame for completion; how you will be kept informed about the status of the matter; and, the cost of your legal fees. The fee for the consultation is not a retainer or a deposit on a retainer.

The fee for the consultation is payable at the start of the consultation by way of cash, bank draft or email transfer. You will be provided with a receipt for the fee. I do not accept debit, credit, or personal cheques for the consultation. The limited number of banking transactions I conduct does not justify the expense of a debit, credit machine. Personal cheques are accepted (and preferred) for your retainer should you decide to retain me. Please see the Retainer section of this site for more details on working with me.

 

Please note that at the end of the consultation I may decline to represent you.

That rarely happens but you should be aware that it is a possibility if you have a particularly high conflict matter. I make an effort to limit the number of high conflict cases I become involved in because they tend to consume a disproportionate amount of my office’s resources to the detriment of other clients.