There are many reasons why you may need to hire the services of a MacLean Law family lawyer, including obtaining expert legal consultation and advice on:
- Marriage agreements
- Separation and divorce proceedings
- Child guardianship and parenting arrangements
- Mediation and arbitration services
- Property division and debt resolution
THE DECISION TO HIRE A LAWYER
Once you have decided to engage with MacLean Law, we will help you understand our process right from the first phone call. We value your time and have structured our law practice to ensure we use your time wisely.
Initial Contact: According to BC Law Society rules, we must ensure that we do not have any conflict of interest related to your case and the person you are dealing with in your dispute situation. We complete this conflict-of-interest check by phone or online through the MacLean Law form.
If we have already spoken to or have been retained by the other person, we cannot represent you. Once the conflict check has been cleared, we can engage in meaningful communication with you to obtain information about your concerns. If your situation is complex and involves child guardianship, child or spousal support, property division or debt resolution matters, we will ask you to fill out our Initial Consultation Form.
FACT GATHERING & GETTING TO KNOW YOU
We appreciate your confidence in MacLean Law and look forward to meeting with you in person. Your time is important and we want to ensure we provide you with the level of timely service to move your family law matter forward positively and productively.
We appreciate that this is a stressful and confusing time. Here are some useful tips to help you through the process:
Be prepared for your first meeting: please complete the online Initial Consultation Form as thoroughly as possible. By answering all questions, our time together can be used to discuss the specifics of your legal inquiry rather than gathering basic but necessary information.
Your initial consultation will take 30 minutes with a fee between $150-$300, depending on the lawyer you meet with. Please see Fees Explained below for full details.
Bring any relevant court orders, court applications and/or pleadings. After the initial consultation meeting your lawyer may request that you complete the MacLean Law homework package. The package includes guiding documents that will enable your lawyer to review the facts of your file including income, assets, debt, and family dynamics to ensure full disclosure of your situation.
Appointments: please be on time for your appointments. If you know you will be late, check in with the lawyer’s assistant as soon as you can.
Prioritize concerns: Write down your top concerns and priorities so we can address your top issues at the meeting.
Companions: If you need a companion to escort you to your lawyer meetings, please note that they are welcome to wait for you in our well appointed lounge or reception, but the lawyer will likely advise that this person does not sit in on the confidential meeting. Exceptions will be made at the discretion of your lawyer.
Alternative Dispute Resolution: MacLean Law supports the alternative dispute resolution mandate set out by the Family Law Act. This requires that lawyers assist their clients whenever appropriate and use alternative dispute resolution processes to reach effective family law agreements in a timely manner without going to court. It is more productive and less adversarial to use cooperative and collaborative approaches to resolve family law disputes and your lawyer will discuss these options with you.
MacLean Family Law files are billed at an hourly rate and are dependent on the lawyer with whom you meet. MacLean Law charges the following flat fee* for the initial consultation appointment. You will receive a half-hour consultation with a BC family lawyer to review the facts of your circumstances and discuss a strategy for an efficient resolution to your case.
Initial Consultation Fees:
Lorne MacLean, Q.C.: $325
Nicholas Davies, Lawyer: $315
Audra Bayer, Lawyer, Kelowna: $250
Tal Wolf, Lawyer: $225
James Cudmore, Lawyer: $200
Laura Allan, Lawyer: $200
All other Lawyers: $150
*Initial consultation fee is inclusive of taxes
A note about free legal advice
MacLean Law does not offer free legal consultation or take on legal aid cases. If you are seeking free legal advice, please visit Legal Services Society of British Columbia. Our lawyers work with specific agencies, support groups, and/or community partners on a personal basis to help those in need.
MOVING YOU FORWARD
We understand that restructuring your family is a difficult process and that it is imperative that you understand the different options available to you and that you know your rights and obligations. It is our responsibility to ensure that you are guided, educated, and empowered with respect to your rights and choices, to enable you to make the most informed and intelligent decisions and to bring your matter to a successful final resolution.
During our initial consultation, we will work with you to determine the strategy and course of action best suited to your situation. This may include:
- Family assessments
- Parent coordination
- Communication coaching
- Collaborative law
- Family violence issues
- Dispute resolution
- A combination of several strategies
OUR RETAINER POLICY
It is our goal to help you resolve your family law situation without financial hardship and to move forward in a positive, collaborative direction. Even if you feel you do not have the financial resources to hire a lawyer, we can help you explore financial options. Divorce expenses get out of control when there is anger, inadequate communication, lack of an action plan, attempts to interpret complex law on your own or going to court before required. At MacLean Law, we will work closely with you to help you avoid these circumstances where possible and to ensure your legal expenses are an investment in your future.
Every MacLean Law file is unique and we will work with you to address your specific circumstances. We are practical and earnest in our work and will never waste time.