After an initial free consultation, we will offer you one of the following fee arrangements or
the option of one or more fee arrangments depending on the area of law that your
problem falls under, the complexity of the situation and other factors:
Hourly Rate Fees.This is generally the most widely known fee
arrangement that lawyers offer to their clients. Each of our
lawyers has an hourly rate. The amount that a client is billed is purely
a function of the lawyer's hourly rate multiplied
by the number of hours of work the lawyer has spent on your file. The
normal practice followed by all law firms billing in this way
is that the client is expected to post a "retainer" at the beginning, an
amount that the law firm holds in trust to pay any legal
bill that is issued. If the retainer "runs out", the client will be
expected to provide additional retainers. If there is money
left over at the conclusion of the matter, the law firm refunds this
back to the client.Generally speaking, an hourly rate fee will always be available to you as an alternative
to any other fee arrangement we offer. In some circumstances, an hourly rate fee may be the only fee option available.
Flat Rate Fees.For some routine, simple or uncontested
matters, a flat rate fee is offered. In this situation, you
are quoted an overall fee at the beginning that is not dependent on the
time expended on your matter. This appeals to many people
because they know right at the outset exactly how much a legal matter
will cost them.This fee arrangement is available for most routine, uncontested family matters, including uncontested divorces
or annulments and cohabitation, separation and matrimonial property agreements where the terms have largely been agreed to between
the parties. It is also available for all immigration matters including not only permanent residency and visa applications, but
appeals, deportation hearings and refugee hearings as well.
A Contingency or Percentage Fee Arrangement. This is the most common fee arrangement for personal injury matters. In
this scenario, you are seeking some sort of restitution, and the lawyer agrees to be paid only when you collect, and at that point
the lawyer's fee is a percentage of what is collected. Depending on the kind of claim and whether there is a "liability dispute"
(a dispute over who is at fault over the accident giving rise to the claim), the law firm may also choose to cover all
of the disbursements incurred in advancing the lawsuit (including filing fees, cost of reports, etc.) with the understanding that those
costs will also be recovered upon resolution of the claim.A contingency fee arrangement is generally only available for personal
Milestone Billing.This fee arrangement functions somewhat like flat rate fees, and is a series of flat rate fee payments
that are required whenever a 'milestone' or a step that advances a matter is achieved or about to be undertaken.
For example, in a civil lawsuit, an initial
flat rate fee will cover the initial lawyer investigation and the drafting and filing of pleadings (statement of claim or defence).
A second flat rate will be due when document disclosure is required and will cover the discovery phase of the lawsuit (including
document disclosure and what is known under our Rules of Court as 'Questioning.' For another example, in a criminal case,
we will agree to review the Crown disclosure, offer you advice and enter a plea for one flat rate. After completing our review of
the Crown disclosure, you will be offered a second flat fee option that will be determined by the complexity of the charges and
whether you are entering a plea of guilty and require your lawyer to speak to sentence, or pleading not guilty and having the
matter set down for trial.Milestone billing is always offered in criminal cases and may be offered for virtually all other
matters that are too complex for a single, flat rate fee option.