Why TRANSPARENT LEGAL FEES ARE IMPORTANT
We understand that affordability of family law legal services can be a significant issue when you're in a family crises. We seek to offer you fee predictability, and an early assessment of cost versus likely benefit of taking particular legal steps in your case.
WHAT TRANSPARENCY MEANS TO US
1. Flat fee consultations - to give you preliminary advice about your rights in family law.
2. Flat and hourly fees for ongoing advice, negotiations and drafting - for family law processes like separation agreements and divorce applications.
3. Hourly and daily fees for court representation and advocacy - for family law motions and trials. Degree of opposition and evidentiary complexity are the two factors that most drive cost in family law cases. It's unfortunately impossible to get an accurate read on either of those factors prior to undertaking a case. But what we can promise is to keep you advised of evolving costs so you can evaluate future budgeting and settlement prospects.
4. Flat block fee plus disbursements appeals to the Divisional Court & Court of Appeal - to give you price certainty (extra disbursements are usually only transcripts, copying & binding, couriers/process servers, & filing fees).
5. No extra charges for disbursements some other firms charge:
- you'll never pay for travel time or mileage anywhere within Eastern Ontario or Toronto - that's right, NO TRAVEL COSTS, ever. Some lawyers even within Toronto will charge you from the minute they leave their offices;
- travel charged elsewhere in Ontario at flat block all-inclusive reasonable rates (since after all your paying for us as lawyer, not as travellers);
- other disbursements are charged at the lowest reasonable rates.
6. We accept major credit cards for family law payments.
7. We accept Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) family law certificates in select cases within Cornwall/SD&G, Brockville/Leeds Grenville, L'Orignal/Prescott-Russell and Ottawa. Gordon S. Campbell is a member of LAO's Family Law Panel, Child Protection Panel, and Domestic Violence Panel. Matthew MacLean and Karen Kernisant are members of LAO's Family Law Panel.