PROCESS

WORKING TOGETHERThere 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 LAWYEROnce 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.
CONFLICT-OF-INTEREST CHECKInitial 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 already have 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 YOUWe believe that your initial consultation meeting with an experienced MacLean Law lawyer will be one of the most important meetings you have with us. Because we will have already acquired information in advance from you regarding your situation (from the Initial Consultation Form), the half-hour meeting will be a focused on reviewing with you you the facts of your circumstances and discussing a strategy for the efficient resolution of your case.
FEES EXPLAINEDMacLean 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.: $300
Nicholas Davies, Lawyer: $250
Shelagh Kinney, Lawyer: $250
Audra Bayer, Lawyer, Kelowna: $200
All other Lawyers: $150

*Initial consultation fee is inclusive of taxesA 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 FORWARDWe 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:

  • Mediation
  • Family assessments
  • Arbitration
  • Parent coordination
  • Communication coaching
  • Collaborative law
  • Family violence issues
  • Dispute resolution
  • Litigation
  • A combination of several strategies
OUR RETAINER POLICYIt 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.
NEXT STEPSBook a Consultation or call us at 1 877 602 9900.