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How Do Lawyer Consultations Work?

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How Do Lawyer Consultations Work

Confused by the process for lawyer consultations? ClearWay Law books many consultations for people that need to speak with family lawyers every week. Potential clients always have the same question, so we thought we would put together this question and answer. Our lawyers help people in Vancouver, Toronto, and Ottawa. We have lawyers that work with clients via email and video conferencing. These lawyers can service you anywhere in BC or Ontario.

There are some things you need to know when reaching out to a law firm. The first is that almost every single caller thinks their legal matter is simple and should be cheap. Many of our lawyers charge $350/hour and often require money upfront, which is called a retainer. Clients sign a retainer agreement and provide a retainer amount if required.

You need to decide if your matter is simple or if you want to take the risk and do it yourself. If you don’t want to do it yourself, be prepared to pay for a lawyer. Keep in mind that the average family law file in Canada (across all law firms) is $10,000. If you lose your case, it will likely cost you a lot more.

If you are ready to speak to a lawyer in BC or Ontario now, you can call us. Also, you can pick and time and date below and one of our affordable lawyers will call you then.

What are your Business Hours?

9:00 am to 8:00 pm Monday to Sunday (Most offices)

9:00 am to 9:00 pm Monday to Friday (Vaughan office)

What Services do you provide?

  • Family law (our focus)
  • Immigration
  • Will and estate planning
  • Estate litigation

Free Lawyer Consultations Near Me

We have lawyers for many different areas of law. You should reach out to us by filling out the form on the side of this page to get the free consultation. Some areas of law are listed below.

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Most domestic agreements such as marriage agreements, separation agreements, and cohabitation agreements cost between $1500-3000. We understand that there are templates out there, or new lawyers, that can do it for very cheap.

Our law firm won’t just change a name or two and send it out. We create agreements that are tailored to our clients. Those lawyers or template companies also don’t include the costs of doing things such as:

  • Negotiation between the two parties
  • Providing financial disclosure
  • Independent legal advice

Creating a domestic agreement is just part of the process. Most of those low-cost providers are only doing part of the work. After they are done they either charge you extras, or refer you to a law firm like ours, where you will have to pay extra.

If you do the domestic agreement incorrectly and it doesn’t hold up in court, you might expect to pay $10,000+ on family law litigation fees. We encourage you to spend $1500-3000 on a domestic agreement and do it right the first time.

What Is A Retainer?

Retainers are charged by most law firms to clients because some, not all, clients are dishonest. They want to use a lawyer and then not pay them in the end. Law firms have rent, staff, phone bills, and other costs and cannot afford to work for free. Retainers are to ensure clients don’t “dine and dash.” Our law firm does not normally charge retainer fees as we trust our clients.

You’re going the wrong way, let us show you the ClearWay. The system for lawyer consultations is simple. You will first book a 15-minute free phone consultation with our intake team. These people are most often not lawyers, so don’t start asking complicated legal questions.

The purpose of the 15-minute consultation is to get all your information, all the information about your case, make sure you can afford a lawyer, and find out which one of our lawyers are closest to you.

How much for a lawyer consultation?

Our affordable lawyers have many different law offices. We will connect you to a lawyer that:

  • Fits your budget
  • Is available to help (sometimes lawyers go to court for weeks)
  • Does the area of law you need

If you would like to book a legal consultation, call us toll-free at 1-844-466-6529

Common Questions In Lawyer Consultations:

Learn more about family law on our YouTube channel.

What is a free consultation with a lawyer?

Many people think the consultation is the time to ask the lawyer lots of questions. This is not true. The consultation is about getting a feel for if the lawyer is the right one for you. The lawyer is also trying to figure out if you will make a good client or if you will be in trouble. A lot of clients come to law firms with issues, and the lawyer wants to make sure the clie3nt doesn’t cause drama at the law firm.

The best use of your time is to explain in detail the issues you are having. The lawyer can then explain the process for solving the issue. It’s also good to ask questions about the attorney’s background. Don’t be shy. Lawyers are used to answering personal questions (but keep it professional please.) If your issue is family law related, ask how many family law files the lawyer is currently working on.

Free 30-minute lawyer consultation

Where is your Office Location?

  • Downtown Toronto (University Avenue)
  • Bay Street
  • North York (two different law offices)
  • New Market (Monday only)
  • Scarborough 
  • Mississauga
  • Vaughan
  • Ottawa, ON
  • Duncan, BC
  • Vancouver
  • Kelowna

Keep in mind that it really doesn’t matter where you are. We have lawyers across BC and Ontario.

Do you offer free consultation?

We offer 15 minutes of free phone consultation with a lawyer.

Do you offer flat fee?

Only for File Simple Divorce:  $1200 flat fee + HST + third party disbursement (court fee, process server, courier, etc. )

Do you take legal aid?

Only if they have a certificate (only two lawyers accept) and only in Toronto.

How to pay the legal fees?

The lawyers accept credit card, direct deposit, and e-transfer.

Do you take a contingency file?

It’s not allowed in family law in Ontario. However, it is possible in BC if the lawyer and the court approves.

Do you accept a payment plan?

Yes some lawyers do, but only case by case.