A consultation with an experienced employment lawyer may save you thousands of dollars down the road. Because many people are concerned about the costs of consulting with a lawyer, we are pleased offer a flat-fee consultation. After the initial consultation, and depending on the case and employee’s preference, we work on either an hourly, flat fee, or contingency basis.
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Clients must sign a retainer agreement before we begin any work on their behalf. The retainer agreement will set out all of the terms agreed upon by the parties.
It is customary for lawyers to ask for some money from their clients before starting to do any work for them. If we are working on an hourly basis, we generally ask for a retainer, which will be placed in our trust account. The retainer will serve as a source of payment for all or part of account when rendered. If we are working on a contingency basis, no retainer is required.
It is important to remember that when a lawyer is billing you on an hourly basis, your lawyer will charge you for ALL the time that he or she spends dealing with your file. In most cases, this will include all time spent talking to you on the telephone or by email, and communicating with opposing counsel on your case, as well as doing research, drafting legal documents, and attending at court. On top of his or her time, your lawyer will also charge disbursements to you. Disbursements are all expenses that are incurred by the lawyer in your case, not including the lawyer’s hourly rate. This category generally includes couriers, court fees and other out-of-pocket expenses.
All accounts are subject to the applicable HST on both legal fees and disbursements.