Fees

Our Family Lawyer’s Fees are based on the following criteria:

(a) The amount of time spent on your behalf,
(b) The services which are performed;
(c) The complexities of the issues, and your potential emotional and monetary exposure;
(d) The timelines for completing the work;
(c) The results accomplished, and the extent to which the expertise of this firm contributed to a successful outcome;
(d) The degree and type of resistance encountered; and,
(e) The extent to which any your work needs to be performed on an emergency basis.

None of these criteria are capable of a precise mathematical assessment, and no such assessment is attempted, except in a general way with respect to the time spent. A standard hourly rate, is applied to convert the time into a monetary figure. Any amount that exceeds the number of hours multiplied by the standard rates is the result of the weighing of the other elements mentioned.

We charge standard hour rates for the work done by our lawyer for the time spent on your file. We keep records to the nearest one tenth of an hour, for all activity on your file, including conferences, telephone calls, e-mail, preparing correspondence and memorandums, drafting documents, research and travel time. Each hour billed to you is based on actual work done on your particular case.  

Our absence from the office on your behalf is charged at the usual hourly rate. Travel time includes attending at four-way-meetings, settlement conferences, meetings, or consultations on your behalf. We will minimize travel expenses, if any, whenever possible.

If your appointment is for a consultation only, in order for you to receive advice on a limited number of issues, or, for example, for a second opinion, you will be billed a flat rate consultation fee, payable prior to the consultation. The consultation is not meant to deal with your whole legal problem. These rates are reduced rates, and apply only if the fee is paid at the time of the consultation.

Send an email to info@gilsig.ca to book an appointment with Marla Gilsig, Family Lawyer and Vancouver Divorce Lawyer