Our first meeting with you
If you understand our role as your lawyer, and assist us wherever possible, you can speed up the legal process and possibly reduce your legal fees. There are several things that you should do to prepare for your first meeting.
How to prepare for the first meeting with us
To prepare for your first meeting with us, you should gather as many facts, documents, and items related to your situation as you can. This includes documents, agreements, letters, transcripts, contracts, and photographs. Bring these papers with you to the first meeting.
You should know what you want and also think about what you are going to say. Prepare to explain your situation clearly and simply, starting from the beginning. You may want to write down your questions and an account of your story on paper. This will help you put the events into the proper sequence, and it will help you make sure that you do not forget any important details. This can help us understand your situation and what needs to be done, which in turn will save time and simply the work that needs to be done to work on your case.
30 Minute First Consultation – $50
The Family Law Lawyer at DS offers a first time 30 minute family law consultation in return for a $50 donation by the client. The lawyer collects and later decides which charity the funds go to. Charities such as the Heart and Stroke Foundation, M.S. Society and Toronto People with Aids have been recipients.
Your first meeting with us
The first time that you meet with us, you will need to explain what has happened or what it is that you want to do. We will advise how the law applies to your situation and what options you have.
We will also discuss legal fees and advise you how long it will take to resolve the problem or achieve your desired result.
Ongoing rights and responsibilities
Lawyers and clients both have several ongoing rights and responsibilities. Our duty is to keep your communications with us confidential and to give an honest and candid legal opinion. You have an obligation to be honest and provide all relevant information. We need to know everything in order to protect your interests and give you the best possible advice.
We will keep you informed of how your case is progressing, and provide you with a copy of all relevant documents and correspondence relating to your case. You should make sure that you read and understand the documents that we send you. If you do not understand something, we will gladly explain this to you. The reality is that in the litigation process there can be considerable delay and periods where we have no information or updates for you.
We will establish a good working relationship when you are prepared for your first meeting and by understanding our role.
Fee for first meeting For the first half, we charge $40. This is donated to charity. After that it is the lawyers normal hourly rate.