A thorough consultation usually takes forty-five minutes to an hour, depending on the complexity of your circumstances and the number of questions you may have. While some lawyers, particularly personal injury lawyers, offer free half hour consultations, in my experience that is enough time to properly advise a potential family law client.
Consultations provide you with an opportunity to decide if you feel comfortable with me as your lawyer. 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 $350.00 + H.S.T. ($395.50 total) for a consultation. That is payable by e-transfer 24 hours in advance of the consultation (I do not have a debit /credit machine and I do not accept cheques for consultations. If you do not do online banking you can drop off the fee in cash in our secure drop box prior to the consultation). In keeping with social distancing protocols, all consultations are presently conducted now via telephone or Zoom.