Frequently Asked Questions

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Do I need a lawyer if I have been charged with a crime?

Defendants charged with crimes are almost always best served by obtaining a lawyer. In fact, most criminal defendants are represented by a lawyer, especially when jail or a prison sentence is a possible result. It is very difficult for a person to competently handle his or her own criminal case. We highly recommend speaking to a lawyer before going to trial or pleading guilty to any criminal offense. Criminal charges and convictions have lasting impacts on the ability to find employment, drive or travel and an experienced defence lawyer has the experience to help you.  If you do not have money to hire a lawyer, you may be eligible for legal aid or we can work with you to set up a payment schedule.

Do I need a lawyer to get a separation and divorce?

You are not required to have a lawyer to get a separation or divorce. But depending on how complex your family issues are, it may be helpful to have a lawyer help you.

A family lawyer is a good source of information about separation and divorce and can also give you legal advice about what your rights and responsibilities are under the law. A family lawyer can also help you make an agreement to settle your family law disputes. If you do need to go to court, or you need a divorce from the court, a family lawyer can help.

We recommend that you get legal advice about separating or getting a divorce. This is especially true if you also need to settle the parenting arrangements and support issues, and/or the division of property. 

Do you offer Collaborative Law services? How is Collaborative Law different?

Yes we do. In a collaborative process, everyone works together as a team seeking solutions that meet the needs of each of the parties and can be agreed to be each of the parties. It is the parties that make the decisions.

In a collaborative process, the parties and both lawyers agree to be respectful, open and honest with each other. The parties and the lawyers work cooperatively with one another rather than against one another. The collaborative process can be less expensive than litigation and may produce results more quickly than litigation. In the collaborative process some costs, such as the production of paperwork and the cost of obtaining expert advice or reports can be reduced. By managing the process, the parties can also manage the cost and the time it takes to reach a conclusion.

Can we hire you on a temporary basis or for limited services such as a single court application?

Yes we can enter into a limited scope retainer with you where we are retained on a limited basis. Please contact us to see how we can assist you.

Offrez-vous des services en français?

Oui. Nous offrons tous les services en français et en anglais.

I don’t have the money to hire a lawyer. What can I do?

If you do not have money to hire a lawyer, you may be eligible for legal aid or we can work with you to set up a payment schedule. In some cases we can defer payment in family law situations depending on the property to be divided. Contact us to see if we can work out a suitable fee arrangement to assist you.