Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
This is the first question you should ask yourself. In some cases, you can handle the problem without hiring a lawyer. If the problem is small and can be handled without the advice of a lawyer, then you can usually find the right forms and resources; however, if the situation involves a major problem like being slapped with a lawsuit or charged with a crime, you probably need a lawyer. Boudrot Rodgers also provide Mediation services. Some problems can often be solved through a mediation process which is less expensive than going through the entire legal system. Feel free to speak to us about your options prior to hiring a lawyer.
Many lawyers concentrate on one area of the law. General practitioners, however, have a wide range of matters that they handle. Consider the initial visit like going to your family doctor. The doctor will assess the situation and either treat you on the spot or refer you to another doctor. If your legal matter involves a certain area of law like bankruptcy, taxation, or patent laws, then you may need to be referred. If you are dealing with a general matter, then a general practice lawyer should be able to help you. Make sure to ask your lawyer whether he or she is knowledgeable in an area of law before you decide to hire them. Boudrot Rodgers practice general law, however, each lawyer has specific areas of knowledge.
- Hourly fee arrangements;
- Contingency fee arrangements;
- Flat fee arrangements;
- Percentage fee arrangements.
We do not underprice, overprice or cut corners. The fees at Boudrot Rodgers accurately match the value of the service.
The lawyer and the client should discuss the cost of the legal services at the initial meeting. The lawyer may not be able to forecast the exact amount of the time and effort required, but should be able to give the client an estimate based upon the information the client provides and the lawyer’s past experience. The client should not hesitate to raise the issue of legal fees at any time with his or her lawyer. The client has a right to a detailed billing showing the lawyer’s time and efforts in those instances where the fee is based upon an hourly rate.
Again, this depends on the file, but every bill includes the total amount of hours that the lawyer has billed to the file along with disbursements.
Disbursements include photocopying, faxing, telephone, travel, recording fees, filing fees, postage and any courier charges.
There will be no surprises on our billing statements. Clients may receive, in writing, a break down of anticipated fees and disbursements.
Yes our firm occasionally accepts Legal Aid Certificates. Greg MacIsaac accepts criminal certificates. Chris Boyd accepts some certificates for criminal or family matters. Adam Rodgers is currently accepting certificates when possible. He accepts certificates for serious criminal matters.
Jason Boudrot – Real Estate, Corporate, Criminal, Family Law
Adam Rodgers – Commercial & Personal Injury Litigation, Family and Divorce Law, Criminal
This really depends on the matter and specifics of each case. Our lawyers will be able to give you a more accurate account of costs and timelines after the first initial free consultation. In general though, the following should apply:
For divorce files, if it is an uncontested divorce, it takes up to six months to complete. This is to complete all of the required documentation and file same with the Court. The documents need to be served on the Respondent and then reviewed by a Court officer and a Judge. After the documents have been reviewed, it takes 31 days for the Certificate of Divorce to be issued.
For a contested divorce it can take six months to two years or even longer. It depends on what is contested and how long it takes the parties to resolve the issues and come to an agreement. Contested divorces usually depend on the parties and their willingness to make an agreement.
Before meeting with one of our lawyers, you should ensure that you have any Court documents, contracts, agreements, or notes that you have made with you for the first meeting. If the matter is complex, you may want to provide this documentation in advance to the lawyer.
For most litigation matters (including criminal, family, and commercial litigation) there will be a consultation fee of $250. This must be paid prior to meeting with the lawyer. The fee provides you with a minimum half hour consultation. For property transactions and personal injury cases, there is no consultation fee.