Looking for a estate dispute lawyer in Toronto? We have estate dispute lawyers in Toronto and Ottawa. At ClearWay Law, if our clients don’t want to pay hourly, we try and accommodate them. We can offer flat fee for some family law and estate dispute issues.
Some clients want to pay flat fees or contingency fees for estate disputes because they don’t like the “sky is the limit” possibility that can come with hourly rates. Also, they like that flat fee and contingency fees encourage the lawyer to get the best result as quickly as possible.
On the other hand, some clients prefer to pay hourly because they only want to pay for the work that gets done by the estate lawyer.
Neither one is right or wrong. It depends on the client.
If you need to book a meeting with one of our estate lawyers, please do one of the following:
Estate lawyers: $250.00-$495.00
Legal assistants: $125.00
Labour intensive tasks should be done by legal assistants and more junior estate lawyers to save you money.
If the matter is not a simple agreement that needs to be created, you will be asked to provide a retainer, which is often around $3000-5000. This is money that is held in a special trust account and will be applied to your final bill. Anything left over in trust would be returned to you.
For contingency fees, there is no trust money required. You will only be asked to pay a flat fee disbursement to cover costs. Please note that contingency fees for family law are currently not allowed in Ontario. There are several groups that are trying to change that as they feel this reduces access to justice for low-income persons.
Estate litigation can be messy. When a high net worth individual has become deceased it is not uncommon for people to make claim over assets. It may be required to hire an estate litigation lawyer to either defend the will or to help you make a claim against the will.
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There are rare circumstances where the person who wrote the will was tricked by a con-person into writing them into the will. If this is the case, please reach out to us right away. Police might get involved to investigate potential fraud.
It is often a great first step to get everyone together in the same room for mediation. Often there is a lot of miscommunication and stress around estate issues. Our estate lawyers will encourage everyone to listen to each other and to treat each other with respect.
At the same time it is the job of our estate lawyers to make sure you feel empowered throughout the estate litigation process. You have rights that need to be upheld and protected.
It is also the job of our lawyers to make sure you understand the litigation process. We take complex legal jargon and present the information to our clients in a way that is easy for our clients to understand.
If you are paying under an hourly rate plan instead of a flat fee or contingency fee you will receive a detailed account at the end of the month. This will explain in detail the work that has been done on your file and how many hours each estate lawyer and law clerk worked on your file. Further, you will have a chance to go over your account with your lawyer if you have any questions. You will never receive a bill for more than the retainer you provided.
If things change with your case and it becomes more complicated a larger retainer may be required.
Our estate litigation lawyers do not accept legal aid certificates. We offer services in both Toronto and Ottawa.
In conclusion, looking for an estate dispute lawyer in Toronto? Call us toll free at 844-466-6529
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