We offer competitive rates and clear billing.
INITIAL CONSULTATION - FLAT FEE OF $300.00 INCLUDING HST
An initial consultation is an opportunity for individuals to obtain a overview of their situation, without the need to retain a lawyer.
A consultation usually takes between one and two hours. We will review your information and provide you with an opinion regarding the options available to you. Preliminary spousal support and child support calculations can be done during the consultation.
There is no obligation to obligation to retain us for your case following the consultation.
LAWYER - $265.00 PER HOUR, PLUS HST
ARTICLING STUDENTS AND LAW CLERKS - $100.00 PER HOUR, PLUS HST
Legal services provided are charged at 6 minute increments, or 0.1 time based entries. Details on how legal fees are calculated are set out in the General Client Service Terms which are send to our clients along with the Legal Services Agreement.
The hourly rate applies to drafting of agreements, contracts, court pleadings, and estate administration tasks.
The hourly rate does not include disbursements, which are separate expenses paid on your behalf and include things such as process serving, courier, and court fees.
Legal work done on your behalf and for your matter by an articling student, legal assistant or law clerk at the direction of the lawyer is charged at a rate of $100.00 per hour.
AGREEMENT DRAFTING/NEGOTIATION - CHARGED AT THE HOURLY RATE
When it comes to drafting and negotiating separation agreements, each situation is unique. In cases where a separation agreement can be agreed on without the need for ongoing negotiations and where the parties have prepared full financial disclosure, the legal fees can often be less than $1,500.00. In other cases, the parties might require extensive negotiations and time spent on obtaining and preparing financial disclosure. This will lead to increased legal fees.
INDEPENDENT LEGAL ADVICE ("ILA") FOR AGREEMENTS - $750.00, PLUS HST FLAT FEE
This service is offered for lawyer prepared and completed agreements only. If this is not the case, rates for agreement drafting and negotiation apply.
This flat fee service includes a lawyer review of the agreement, as well as a meeting with you to discuss the agreement. During the meeting the agreement will be explained and legal advice provided. The fee also includes a signing meeting if necessary.
Full financial disclosure from both parties must be included with the agreement for this rate to apply. Courier fees for the agreement to be sent between lawyers and/or to you are also included. The flat fee rate does not include negotiating changes to the agreement. If negotiation is required, please see the fees explained under "Agreement Drafting/Negotiation." Agreements in this case include Separation Agreements, Cohabitation Agreements, or Marriage Contracts. They do not include advice related to surrogacy, sperm or ova donation agreements.
WILLS AND POWERS OF ATTORNEY - RATES OFFERED FOR INDIVIDUALS AND COUPLES
$400.00 plus HST for uncomplicated individual will, and powers of attorney for property and personal care. Additional fees for special drafting such as family trusts, businesses and similar.
$700.00 plus HST for uncomplicated wills and powers of attorney for couples (one will each, plus one continuing power of attorney for property and one power of attorney for personal care each)
An uncomplicated will is a will with a single trustee and alternate, and a single person or class of beneficiary with an alternate.
A more detailed will can better reflect your preferences and provide more detailed guidance to your trustees. If you wish to leave several bequests or specific gifts, make charitable donations, or have unique needs for the appointment of trustees or beneficiaries, the flat fee will not apply. We will discuss this during our initial meeting so you are aware of the expected costs.
UNCONTESTED DIVORCE - $1,400.00 PLUS HST FLAT FEE (INCLUDES DISBURSEMENTS)
If your matter is an uncontested divorce, I charge a flat fee of $1,400.00 plus HST which includes the disbursements and all court fees. Disbursement costs involved are approximately $700.00 in court fees and process server costs.
MONETARY RETAINER POLICY
A monetary retainer is money you pay as a deposit at the start of your case. This money is kept in the firm’s mixed trust account. The retainer is applied to any invoices rendered for fees and expenses incurred on your behalf.
The amount of retainer needed depends on what type of service you require. The amount needed varies depending on the situation, history of the matter, and anticipated work. Our standard monetary retainer amounts for various matter are:
For non-court matter including separation agreements, marriage contracts, surrogacy agreements - $2,500.00 retainer
For representation at court or representation at mediation/arbitration: (custody/access/support/property issues) - $5,000.00 retainer
For representation at mediation or mediation/arbitration - $5,000.00 retainer
For wills - $452.00 for individual will or $791.00 for couples retainer (flat fee cost including the HST)
Limited Scope Retainer – amount is determined on a case by case basis, to be discussed at the initial consultation