Fees

PRICE LIST – AS OF OCTOBER 5, 2020
*Disbursements are in addition to legal fees- not included*

Regular Hourly Rate:

Premium Hourly Rate:  

This rate applies to unscheduled drop-ins, after-hours appointments, and after-hours work required by clients – see Frequently Asked Questions.

Mileage:  $0.41 per km plus HST

Photocopies:  $0.30 per page plus HST

FAMILY LAW SERVICES

* Consults are not included in prices unless specifically noted.  We cannot give amounts for retainers without a full consultation.*

CONTESTED PROCEEDINGS (I.E. CUSTODY, ACCESS, SUPPORT, OR DIVISION OF PROPERTY & DEBT):
UNCONTESTED DIVORCE PROCEEDING:
PREPARATION OF DOMESTIC CONTRACT:

WILLS & ESTATE SERVICES

For Wills & Estate services, the consult is included in the fee.  Each file will have a $25.00 administrative fee plus a fee of $4.50 per person for photocopies.  HST is in addition to the fee listed.

REAL ESTATE SERVICES

Disbursements and HST are not included in the fees listed below.  Be aware that disbursements make up a large portion of individual client invoices for real estate transactions.  We can provide written estimates upon request after completion of an intake call to provide a better idea of what the total invoice will cost.

MISCELLANEOUS SERVICES

NOTARIZING DOCUMENTS:
COMMISSIONER OF OATHS:
WEDDINGS:

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the "premium hourly rate" and when does it apply?

Our “premium hourly rate” is a rate applied to those clients who request immediate or expedited service (i.e., unscheduled appointments, after-hours services, or unscheduled telephone calls).  This will not appear as a surprise rate on your invoice and it will be discussed in advance with clients who are in danger of incurring it.  Please note that we cannot always accomodate immediate or expedited service.

Why would you charge a "premium hourly rate"?

To be honest, the “premium hourly rate” is an experiment in managing client expectations.

In this modern era of nearly instantaneous communication in many service sectors, it is natural for clients to want to be able to instantly connect with their lawyer.  However, instant and unscheduled connection between client and lawyer can cause massive distraction and disruption to a lawyer’s schedule.  Distraction and disruption means that the lawyer cannot work as efficiently, resulting in everything taking longer.

By implementing a “premium hourly rate”, we are attempting to make clients think before deciding whether they really need that unscheduled contact and whether they really need to jump the queue to have their matter placed at the top of our to-do pile.

Most clients who are offered the opportunity to pay a premium rate for immediate service or after-hours service, in fact, decline the opportunity and, in doing so, realize that their issue is not so immediate that they actually need to jump the queue.  This realization, with altered expectations and altered behaviours that accompany it, is our goal in implementing this rate.

When the clients respect that all of our files are important and keep unscheduled contact with our lawyers to to emergencies only, we can generate paperwork and help everyone faster.

Please note that in cases of true emergency for existing clients, we may consider waiving the “premium hourly rate” at our discretion.

Why can't you tell me what your retainer is without an initial consult?

Without an initial consult, we really don’t know the scope of the work.  Larger jobs require larger retainers and smaller jobs require smaller retainers.  Clients who have not had an initial consult are frequently unaware of the scope of work required.