Hi, I'm Laura.

I'm a lawyer and an accredited mediator. 

My practice is focused on providing unbundled and flat fee services to provide clients with certainty over price. I specialize in drafting agreements and mediation.
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Location of Atkinson Family Law in Comox BC

Services

MEDIATION

I provide mediation services for $250.00 per hour, which works out to be $125.00 per hour per person.

While each mediation is unique, most mediations cost between $1500.00 - $2500.00 per person, which includes the draft agreement.

My mediation services has three components:

Pre-Mediation

These are individual meetings with each participant where I learn about your primary areas of concerns, answer questions and screen to make sure mediation is a good process for you.

Mediation

The mediation itself (which can be scheduled as one day or multiple shorter days depending on process). This day includes all participants.

Drafting the Agreement

This is where I provide a legally binding agreement for your review. Because I was part of the mediation process, the drafting of the agreement is less expensive because I already have the background information that is needed to prepare the document.

Transparency in price is one of my key values. Below are the various flat fee packages I currently offer. If you do not see something you are looking for here, please contact me to discuss the available options.

Flat fee packages

Separation Agreement Packages

This 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 $350 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.

Property and Spousal Support Agreements

Details
$1750.00
+ 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 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 $350 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.

Parenting and Child Support Agreements

Details
$1750.00
+ 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 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 $350 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.

Separation Agreements for Property, Spousal Support, Child Support and Parenting

Details
$2000.00
+ tax

Cohabitation Agreement Packages

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 $350 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

Details
$1500.00
+ tax

Divorce Only Packages

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 claim for the divorce. 
  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.

Divorce Package if you Have a Current Separation Agreement or Court Order

Details
$1250.00
+ tax

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 claim for the divorce. 
  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.

Divorce Package if You Do Not Have a Current Separation Agreement or Court Order

Details
$1500.00
+ tax

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