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.
I charge $300 cash or email transfer (H.S.T. included) for a consultation (The limited number of banking transactions I conduct does not justify the expense of a debit /credit machine and I do not accept cheques for consultations). The fee for the consultation is payable at the start of the consultation so if you are paying by etransfer it should be sent several days in advance to ensure it is received.