Initial consultations are handled in one of two ways.
For criminal or personal injury cases, an initial consultation up to 45 minutes is free.
For all other matters, an initial consultation is $250 + GST and PST. This includes about two to three hours of client meetings and legal research to allow me to understand the issues involved in your case and for everyone involved to decide whether I am suited to handle your case.
If you decide to hire me, we can discuss what arrangement, or combination thereof, will give you the best value and suit your needs:
- By the hour: as simple as it sounds and like many lawyers do, but with one qualifier: I won’t charge you for minor disbursements. You deserve to know up front what your bill will be, not something that will vary depending on my mileage or how many faxes I send.
- By the case: just about every other business charges this way, so lawyers should too. Although this is not always possible in litigation, I will offer this as much as I can.
- Contingency fee: you do not pay me anything unless I recover money for you. This may be combined with hourly or project-based billing to suit your case and personal circumstances.
- Unbundled legal services: pay for what you need. You might only need me to handle an especially complicated part of the case or get you started with it.