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Ways To Save Money On Your Family Law Legal Issues

Unbundled Legal Services

Reduce your fees is through the use of unbundled legal services.

Whether you are in court or not, you may decide that you only need help with a specific aspect of your case, such as the preparation of a financial statement or a parenting agreement.

Unbundling of legal services means you will only pay the lawyer to do a specific part of your case, rather than handling the whole thing from start to finish.

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Alternatives To Court

Alternatives to court or avoiding a prolonged fight over issues such as child custody, child support, spousal support, or division of property can help reduce your costs.

Some alternatives to court are Mediation, Arbitration, and Collaborative Family Law.

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Retain Us

We have a number of practises in place to help you minimize your legal fees.

We bill by the hour but in six (6) minute segments, so you only pay for the time that you are with us.

We work with you to minimize areas of conflict.

We have lawyers at different hourly rates so we help you choose a lawyer who will be appropriate for your situation.

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Some (Not So Fine) Fine Print About Our Legal Fees

Legal Expenses/Disbursements

In addition to our fees, you will agree to pay all expenses/disbursements, even if we cannot settle all your family law issues or we lose at a motion or trial.

General Expenses

We will charge you for general ongoing expenses (also called disbursements) that we have to pay. These expenses include but are not limited to the following:

  • long distance telephone calls,
  • photocopying costs,
  • costs to deliver documents to court or to your spouse and or his/her lawyer,
  • faxes,
  • court filing fees, and
  • necessary land, company registry or other searches that need to be conducted.

Significant Expenses

Depending on the complexity of the case, we may need to hire one or more of the following people to assist us in providing you with the best legal advice and services. We may have to hire:

  • private investigators,
  • court reporters,
  • expert witnesses,
  • accountants,
  • another lawyer, and/or
  • property appraisers.

If we need to hire any of these people, we will first discuss the matter with you and obtain your approval. It will be your responsibility to pay for their services, either directly or as part of the retainer you will provide to us from time to time.

Changes to Fees

If our fees increase, which they may, we will give you at least 30 days’ notice of such change.


In addition to our legal fees and expenses, you also agree to pay any Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) that we are required to charge you.


If we are successful in settlement or at court, we will seek a sum of money called “costs” from your spouse. These costs, if we secure them, will be applied to reduce any fees still owed to us by you, or will be sent to you if you have fully paid your account.

If we are not successful in settlement or at court, your spouse may seek costs against you. You are responsible for paying the costs ordered to your spouse.​

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