At Emera Family Law our approach is to focus on settlements rather than arguments. Our philosophy is to work with you to settle matters. By working this way, we aim to keep legal costs down and to enable parties to move on with their lives sooner rather than later.
At Emera Family Law, your first appointment will be free of charge. During this appointment, we will take the time to get information from you and give you advice about where you stand and the appropriate next steps.
Before we start working with you, we will send you a cost agreement that sets out our terms of engagement and our charges.
For matters where we charge based on time, we will provide an estimate of your total legal costs and third-party charges like valuation fees or fees payable to a mediator. For fixed fee matters we will set out the agreed fee and provide an estimate for any additional stages.
We offer the following payment options:
This method of charging means that you pay for the time we spend working on your matter. We will generally offer hourly rate charging arrangements for negotiations or if the matter proceeds to Court.
This is where we agree on a fixed fee for the work to be undertaken.
We will also discuss and agree the scope of work so that there is clarity about the work to be performed. We generally offer fixed fee pricing for divorce matters, and consent settlement, which is a large part of the work we do every day.
We know that it’s not always easy to find the money to pay legal fees and we try to help make things easier where we can. In some cases, we will offer deferred payment options and payment plans. You should speak with us at your first appointment to see if this is an option for you.
We will give you advice about how you can try to keep costs down and keep you up to date with what’s owing and any future costs.
We also send invoices along the way so that you can keep up to date with payments.
We will be transparent about costs and charges throughout your time working with us. If at any time during your case you have a question about costs, you should not hesitate to speak with your lawyer about it.