In most cases, the best way to get started is to telephone me (778-331-8868) or email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) to set up a time for an initial phone call. The initial phone call is usually 5-10 minutes and gives us a chance to introduce ourselves, talk briefly about your situation, and make an appointment to meet in person. I then send you a questionnaire to fill out and bring with you to your appointment.
At our initial consultation appointment, we talk in more detail about you and the background information that is relevant to the legal work that needs to be done, make a plan for your legal services, and discuss and agree on the cost.
How I charge: For most Wills & Estate Planning, I set a flat fee for the services to be provided so that you can know in advance what your cost will be. The total cost will include the flat fee, out-of-pocket expenses, and GST/PST. Sometimes I have enough information during the phone call to quote a fee, and sometimes I need more information from our meeting. Family & Fertility Agreements can also usually be done for a flat fee, which includes up to 2 hours doing revisions and negotiating with another lawyer providing independent legal advice. For Estates & Services to Executors, I can sometimes set a flat fee for a probate application but more often I charge an hourly rate and give an estimate of the time I think will be involved. My hourly rate is $300.
Is there a cost for the consultation? If you choose to proceed right away, the cost of the consultation is included in the flat fee or is part of the first invoice. If you choose not to proceed right away, the initial consultation fee of $300 is payable at the end of the consultation.