Choosing a Lawyer
Choosing your lawyer is the most important decision you will make on the way to resolving your family law matter.
The solicitor-client relationship is based on the mutual trust between you and your lawyer. It is important that you feel comfortable and can be 100% honest with your lawyer, so that they can properly advise you as to your rights and obligations and represent your interests during negotiations and litigation.
Your lawyer can only advise you based on the facts your are giving them. If you don’t feel comfortable giving your lawyer the whole story or being completely candid with them, you risk hurting your case.
Before choosing your lawyer, take some time talking with them and making sure you feel comfortable working with them.
At Daudlin Law, we pride ourselves on taking the necessary time to review your case, to assess the issues at law, and to provide you our opinion as to the merits and pitfalls of your family law claim(s). To provide the best possible summary legal advice to our prospective clients, we dedicate up to two hours to your initial consultation.
Initial consultations are offered at a block fee of $300.00, plus applicable taxes ($339.00).
Payment is accepted by debit, credit, e-transfer, cash, cheque or money order made out to “Daudlin Law Professional Corporation”.
Please note, unless a retainer agreement is signed, our services do not extend beyond your initial consultation, and we cannot act as your lawyer.
Preparing for Your Meeting
Once you’ve scheduled your appointment with our office, we will send you our Client Intake Form. We will ask that you complete the form and, if possible, return it to our office before your meeting, along with any other information you think is important for us to review for your case.
We will need you to bring the following to your appointment:
- Government issued photo identification (driver’s licence, passport, citizenship card or provincial identification card);
- A second piece of government or non-government issued identification (health card, birth certificate, credit card);
- A copy of your Client Intake Form;
- Any relevant court documents or written agreements; and,
- Any other important information you think we should review.
You may also wish to bring with you a synopsis of your story and a list of questions or goals you have about your case.
Discretion and Confidentiality
All of our consultations are subject to the confidentiality of solicitor-client privilege. To ensure the discretion and efficiency of your meeting, we encourage you to attend our meetings on your own.
If, however, you do intend to attend with a friend or family member,** please inform us in advance, that we might accommodate them.
If an interpreter is required, please let us know, and we will make our best efforts to ensure an interpreter is available.
**NO CHILDREN – Due to the extremely sensitive nature of the topic of discussion, children under the age of eighteen, are not permitted to attend meetings with you, without exception.
If you wish to be accompanied by and adult child, please contact our office prior to your meeting, to discuss.
If you need to cancel or reschedule your meeting, we ask that you inform our office as soon as possible. In the unlikely event that we need to reschedule, we will inform you as soon as we are able.
PLEASE NOTE – We reserve the right to cancel your appointment if you are more than thirty minutes late, or if you attend with a child under the age of eighteen. If you expect to be delayed, contact our office as soon as possible, and we will advise if we can still accommodate your appointment.