While cost is always a factor. We encourage you to think of value you receive for the money you spend.
Our lawyers charge between $275 and $350 per hour — We will give you checklists and information packages that describe work that you can do so that we do not have to do that work — which helps to keep your costs down.
In Edmonton and across Canada, family law legal representation requries a retainer to be paid. This is money that is prepaid and deposited into a special account. As we perform work we draw on that deposit. At any time, you may ask that we stop work and return any unused deposit. Most lawyers in Edmonton ask for a retainer between $3,000 and $5,000. Our initial retainer is $3,000 (sometimes it is less for simple circumstances). If this is difficult for you, we do ask for a mimum retainer of $1,500 and a commitment to pay three bi-weekly payments of $500.
We are like other law firms in that we will ask you to add additional funds to the retainer when necessary.
If you only need help with some specific items, you can also hire us for certain tasks such as legal advice or review of the work that you have done. This is called ‘limited scope’ work and may have a different fee structue based on the work requried. Regardless, all fees are paid in advance.