At Johnston Family Law, we recognize that legal services can be expensive, especially in contentious family law matters. With this in mind, we provide our clients with a range of billing possibilities so that clients are never overbilled for the work we do.
Our model is built on a combination of an hourly billing structure and fixed fees. During the initial meeting, we provide our clients with a break down of the various rates of the lawyers and clerks, and services that we offer by way of a fixed fee. The rate charged will depend on the nature of the work, and the experience of the individual working on the file.
First 30 minutes free – after 30 minutes the lawyer’s regular hourly rate will apply, starting at $215 per hour.
Available at the outset of a matter so prospective clients can be comfortable that we are the proper team to address their needs.
Starting from $215 per hour.
A pay as you go model for clients that are looking for limited advice on narrow issues. Best suited to self-represented litigants looking for legal support on their file without full legal representation.
With the exception of legal coaching, we require payment of a retainer fee in order to open new files. The retainer amount our clients are asked to provide will depend on the nature and complexity of the file. Once a retainer has been depleted, we ask our clients to replenish their financial retainer so that we can continue working on their file.
Disbursements are expenses that are incurred on our client’s behalf over the course of a file such as postage, photocopying, court filing costs, and courier fees. Clients are responsible for any third party disbursements incurred on their file.
We generally charge $1600 plus HST for an uncontested, simple divorce application. There may be an additional charge if personal service of the court documents are required. Your lawyer will advise you if this expense is necessary.