Fee Quote and Payment Terms
Within 48 hours (weekends and holidays excluded) of getting the information I need from you, I will write back with a fee quote for specific, described services (usually a litigation assessment to start with), and a firm time commitment as to how long it will take me to provide it.
If you have already hired me for a litigation assessment and the result is positive (ie. that your case has enough merit to proceed), then at that time I will provide a firm, flat-rate fee quote for litigation guidance through the life of the legal proceeding (this excludes post-hearing reviews, reconsiderations, appeals and collections unless otherwise specified). If the case involves extensive litigation I usually provide fee quotes that are staged by the natural steps of the litigation (eg. pleadings, settlement conferences, pre-trial/pre-hearing motions, trial/hearing) so that if the case settles or ends early you are not overpaying (settlement is included within any litigation guidance service).
All my fee quotes are flat-rate, with no additional charges and they are HST-free. 'Flat-rate' means that the fee does not go up or down if the case turns out to require more or less work than I thought when I quoted for it. That means no extra charges if it is more work, but it also means no refund if the case settles or otherwise resolves early.
Terms are pre-payment, and I do not make any exceptions to that policy. That is, I will not provide legal services or advice until I am paid first.
Payment is either by email money transfer (preferred) or Paypal. You can pay by email money transfer if you bank online with any major Canadian chartered bank, and if you want to use paypal (which accepts major credit cards), you can send payment directly to my email address or request me to send a paypal invoice.