Hiring a lawyer could be stressful and difficult. However you shouldn’t be afraid of hiring a lawyer. A lawyer’s job is to help you resolve your legal issue and make your life easier. Dealing with a legal issue isn’t fun. But if you find the right lawyer, it will significantly improve your situation.
Here are common reasons why people hire a lawyer:
- going through divorce or separation
- buying or selling your property
- starting a company or purchasing a business
- dealing with an employment law issue
- probating a will
- being sued
- being accused of a crime
- injured in a car accident
If you are in any of these situations, it is when you should hire a lawyer. Of course, you don’t want to hire any lawyer, you want a good one!
Here are some tips about how to hire a good lawyer:
When you are finding a lawyer, always check the background. You should know whether the lawyer’s license is currently valid and whether there are restrictions on his/her practice.
You can contact the law society in your province to check the background, experience, and disciplinary record before you hire the lawyer.
Know These Terms
Retainer agreement: Some firms use the name of Engagement Letter. This is the contract between you and the law firm/lawyer. It explains what the lawyer is going to do for you. Further, it explains how much they will charge.
Retainer: Do not confuse it with the retainer agreement. This is an upfront fee the lawyer charges to take your file. You can consider it as a deposit, which will be used to pay your invoices. This is normally around $2000. Some firms charge $2500. If you have a litigation matter that requires the lawyer to go to court, the retainer could be $5000.
Disbursements: They are miscellaneous expenses incurred by your lawyer when they work on your file. This may include court filing fees, government fees, courier costs, photocopying fees, etc. It could also be the third-party service fees such as accountant reports, private investigators, etc.
Book a Consultation
Consultation is the first conversation with a lawyer. You can discuss your legal issue with them and ask them questions. At ClearWay Law, this is normally a free 15-minute conversation during which you can get legal advice from the lawyer. You want to make sure the lawyer understands your situation before the consultation. You do not want to waste time. Therefore, when you reach out to us, try to provide as much as information you can and explain your situation in detail.
You can ask the lawyer questions such as:
- Do they have experience in similar cases?
- How are their availabilities? Do they have enough time to take your case and be responsive?
- What are the possible outcomes and how much is the estimated fee?
At ClearWay Law, we have lawyers all over Ontario and BC. The best part is that we will have several lawyers contact you for a FREE consultation. That means you can pick the lawyer you feel is best for you.