There are two ways in which you may arrange for a consultation with us:
A retainer is a fee that ensures we will keep time available for our client during the retainer period should the need arise. Before we begin work on your behalf, we require full payment of the retainer, which will be placed in our trust account. The retainer will serve as a source of payment for all or part of our account(s) when rendered. You will be asked to replenish the retainer from time to time and any unused portion will be returned to you upon the completion or termination of our services.
Our fee will be based on a number of factors including:
We will keep records of all the time we have spent on your file, based on which we will prepare your accounts. We will discuss your fees at our initial meeting and answer any questions you may have concerning our fees and billing procedures. We will also point out any uncertainties involved in your case, to assist you in making an informed decision.
The Retainer Agreement is the contract between our firm and our client (s) and will set out the following:
We accept the following methods of payment:
Legal Aid Certificates for criminal cases: http://www.legalaid.on.ca/en/getting/type_criminal.asp
Lawyers owe the duty of confidentiality to all of their clients. This duty survives their professional relationship and continues indefinitely after the lawyer has ceased to act for the client. It is recognized that full and unreserved communication between the client and lawyer is required for the provision of effective legal services. As such, clients can feel completely secure and proceed on the basis that matters disclosed or discussed with their lawyer will be held in strict confidence, unless the client provides express or implied authorization or the lawyer is required by law to do otherwise.
A lawyer can withdraw from representation of a client for good cause and upon notice to the client where appropriate in the circumstances. Below are some the grounds which may justify withdrawal of a lawyer from the client-lawyer relationship:
However, lawyers are not to withdraw their services at a critical stage of a matter or at a time when withdrawal would put the client in a position of disadvantage or peril. Lawyers are also required to do their best to minimize the expense and avoid prejudice to the client and to facilitate the orderly transfer of the matter to another legal practitioner.
Lawyers have the duty to raise every issue, advance every argument and ask every question that they believe could potentially help their client’s case with candour, courtesy and fairness, and to seek every remedy and defence that is authorized by law for their client.
A lawyer who is acting as a mediator is required to ensure that the parties to the mediation understand: