If you and/or your partner have decided to end your relationship one of the first questions you will be asking yourself, “Do I need a lawyer?” and the next question will be “Can I afford a lawyer?”. This is not a simple question, and will depend on your particular situation- are you and your partner amicable and on speaking terms, if you have any children or property to name a few. Many people who are separating want to avoid paying legal fees as they feel they cannot afford a lawyer. I cannot tell you how many times I have see litigants who have commenced their own actions and are struggling to map their way through the legal system. Their reason for doing so is usually because they cannot afford legal assistance. Then there are those who are scared to walk into a lawyer office because just the thought of being quoted a retainer gives them anxiety. Let’s be real – legal representation is not cheap, and every lawyer has their own fee structure.
I respect and understand the struggle of litigants and offer a variety of payment options:
Legal Aid – I accept Legal Aid certificates. Legal aid is a government program that helps people with a low income receive legal representation and advice. Although publicly funded, Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) is an independent, non-profit corporation providing legal aid services in Ontario. To find out more information please visit their website https://www.legalaid.on.ca/en/
JusticeNet- I offer fees quoted by JusticeNet. JusticeNet is a not-for-profit service helping people in need of legal expertise, whose income is too high to access legal aid and too low to afford standard legal fees. If you are unable to qualify for Legal Aid, go on to the JusticeNet website and call me with the fee they have quoted you- It’s that simple.
Unbundled Fees or Limited Retainers- Unbundled legal services and limited retainers allows clients to access more affordable legal services for specific part of their case. For example preparation of court documents, guidance of court procedure and assistance with negotiation.
Having a lawyer represent you or assist you is valuable. I work with my client to ensure that they get the legal representation they are seeking with the results they are aiming for and I always encourage people to settle the issues arising from their separation as expeditiously as possible. Contact me today and let’s chat 647-428-3919