SERVICES

I strive to provide my clients with flat fees – also called fixed fee, tailored legal services, or unbundled legal services – for services whenever possible. That way my clients are better able to understand what legal services are available and how much it will cost.

During initial client meetings I work with clients to determine what areas they need assistance with and tailor my services to the areas where clients need it most. This allows clients to do portions the leg work themselves to keep legal costs down while being provided with legal support at crucial times during a client’s legal matters.

FLAT FEE PACKAGES

To assist clients in managing their legal costs, whenever possible, I provide my services as a flat fee for specific tasks. Here you will find the flat fee packages I currently offer. If you do not see something you are looking for here, please contact my office to discuss the available options.

Package 1: Pre-Mediation Coaching

This package is designed for you if you plan to attend mediation without a lawyer. It will help you prepare for the mediation and help you develop a clear picture of your legal rights and obligations so that you can make informed decisions at the mediation, with the goal of reaching an outcome that fits your family’s needs.

The Pre-Mediation Package includes:

  1. In-Person Consultation – this is a 1-2 hour meeting with me to prepare you for mediation. During this meeting I will:
    • Provide an overview of your legal rights and obligations,
      Discuss strategies for how best to achieve desired outcomes,
    • Review financial information to ensure a clear understanding of the financial picture,
    • Provide you with written materials to support you before and during mediation, including:
      • Handouts on making proposals during mediation,
      • A written overview of the law, and
      • Handout outlining issues and topics to consider as part of your mediation.
  2. Opportunity for follow-up questions (one 30 minute follow-up phone call).

Cost: $500.00 plus tax

Package 2: Independent Legal Advice

This is a 1-2 hour in-person meeting with me after your mediation. During this meeting I will:

  • Review the agreement reached at mediation to ensure it is binding and covers the required legal matters,
  • Provide concrete feedback and suggestions for changes to the agreement (if necessary), and
  • Witness your signature on the agreement if it meets your needs as drafted.

Cost: $500.00 plus tax

Any additional services including assisting with additional reviews of the mediated agreement, or negotiation will be provided at my regular hourly rate of $275.00.

Drafting Notice of Family Claim or Drafting Response and Counterclaim – $500 plus tax.

This package is for you if:

  • You have been served with a Notice of Family Claim, or
  • You wish to start a Supreme Court Action by way of a Notice of Family Claim

This package includes:

  • One 1 hour in-person meeting with me to review the issues on your file,
  • One 1 hour follow-up in-person meeting with me to assist you with drafting the Notice of Family Claim or
  • Response and Counterclaim,
    An overview of the Supreme Court Family Rules
  • One Land Titles Office property search (if additional searches required, they will be provided at cost).

At the conclusion of this package you will have a Notice of Claim or Response and Counterclaim that you can file in Supreme Court that you will be able to bring to the Supreme Court to file (please note, the Supreme Court charges filing fees for filing Notices of Family Claims and Counterclaims).

Note: If you need help with preparing a Response and Counterclaim, this package is only available if you have a minimum of 2 weeks before the deadline to file your materials.

Judicial Case Conference Package – $500 plus tax.

This package is for you if:

  • You have an upcoming Judicial Case Conference.

This package includes:

  • An overview of the Judicial Case Conference process,
  • A handout of tips and tricks for how to prepare and what to expect,
  • Assistance with drafting a Judicial Case Conference brief, and
  • Legal advice on the legal issues you are facing and options for resolution.

Financial Statement Package – $500 plus tax.

  • This package can be added to any of the Court packages and will include reviewing and finalizing a financial statement.
  • This package is for you: if you are need to complete a Form 8 Financial Statement or Form 4 Financial Statement (Provincial Court).

This package includes:

  • A handout on how to complete a Form 8 Financial Statement.
  • Email support from a legal assistant in completing the form.
  • A review, update and notarization of the financial statement with me (30 minutes).

At this end of this package you will have a complete Form 8 Financial Statement (Supreme Court) or Form 4 Financial Statement (Provincial Court).

Notice of Application and Application Response Package – $1250 plus tax.

This package is for you if:

  • You are preparing to bring an application in Supreme Court and need to prepare a Notice of Application
  • You are responding to a Notice of Application

This package includes two in-person meetings (for up to 3 hours total) to assist you in preparing your application or response materials:

  1. During our first meeting, I will provide:
    • An outline of what to include in your Notice of Application or Application Response
    • An outline of what information to include in your Affidavit, and an overview of the laws of evidence and what should and should not be in your Affidavit
    • A discussion of the legal basics of your claim. If additional research is required I will work with you to develop a plan on how to do it
    • An overview of courtroom procedure, including a script to introduce yourself and the issues you are seeking to resolve
  2. During our second meeting, I will provide:
    • A review of your Notice of Family Claim or Response and Affidavit, and give concrete feedback on any recommended changes.

At this end of this package the client will have a Notice of Application and Application Response that they can file in court.

$1250 plus tax for agreements that address property/support issues only (no children)

$1750 plus tax for agreements that address children as well as property/support issues

These packages will require that you and your spouse fully exchange all relevant financial information to one another and to me.

This package includes:

  1. A comprehensive intake process which will allow our first meeting to be focused on your specific needs and questions. This initial meeting will:
    • review what you are looking for in an agreement, and
    • provide an overview of the law and options for what may be included in your agreement.
  2. Preparation of a draft separation agreement that will be reviewed over the phone to address any questions and clarify issues or content as needed.
  3. An updated draft agreement that reflects your needs.
  4. Witnessing your signature on the final agreement.

Additional review and changes to the agreement or negotiations with your spouse or their lawyer will be provided at my regular rate of $275 per hour.

As a lawyer, I cannot represent both parties in a family law matter – no matter how amicable you and your spouse are. This means, I can only meet with one spouse. I recommend the spouse I do not meet with obtains their own lawyer to receive independent legal advice.

Cohabitation Agreement Package – $1250 plus tax.

This package will require that you and your spouse fully exchange all relevant financial information to one another and to me.

This package includes:

  1. A comprehensive intake process which will allow our first meeting to be focused on your specific needs and questions. This initial meeting will:
    • review what you are looking for in an agreement, and
    • provide an overview of the law and options for what may be included in your agreement.
  2. Preparation of a draft cohabitation agreement that will be reviewed over the phone to address any questions and clarify issues or content as needed.
  3. An updated draft agreement that reflects your needs.
  4. Witnessing client’s signature on the final agreement.

Additional review and changes to the agreement or negotiations with your spouse or their lawyer will be provided at my regular rate of $275 per hour.

As a lawyer, I cannot represent both parties in a family law matter – no matter how amicable you and your spouse are. This means, I can only meet with one spouse. I recommend the spouse I do not meet with obtains their own lawyer to receive independent legal advice.

$1000 plus tax if you have a current separation agreement or court order.

$1200 plus tax if you do not have a current separation agreement or court order.

This package is only available if all other matters including property division, child support, spousal support and parenting arrangements have been completed on your file, either by way of Court Order or agreement.

This package includes:

  1. Drafting the Notice of Family Claim,
  2. Filing fees with the Court,
  3. Drafting the supporting documentation for the divorce application, including Requisition, Certificate of Pleadings, Divorce Order and Affidavits in support of the divorce.
  4. A copy of your Divorce Order.

This package does not include serving your former spouse with your application for the divorce. You will be able to determine your preferred method of service from the following:

  1. Client arranges for former spouse to attend our office to be served. We will complete the affidavit of service – no charge to client OR
  2. Client arranges for a third party (friend or family member at least 19 years old) to serve former spouse. Third party attends our office to complete affidavit of service – no charge to client OR
  3. Client arranges for a process server to serve former spouse. Client pays cost directly to process server.

For a divorce, you must bring an original copy of your marriage certificate issued by Vital Statistics. For information on how to obtain a marriage certificate if you do not have one, please visit Vital Statistics BC

FULL LEGAL SERVICES

If you prefer that a lawyer manages all aspects of your file, including communication with your former spouse or his or her representative, then I am happy to work with you based on an hourly rate. The cost will be based on the number of hours worked at my regular rate of $275 per hour plus tax.