Independent Legal Advice

Independent Legal Advice is required in many family law matters.  The independent legal advice can be regarding paternity, plans to live with a romantic partner, plans to marry, an existing marriage, pre-separation plans or post-separation plans.  Independent Legal Advice helps to protect the interests of the party receiving the advice.  Where both parties receive independent legal advice, it helps to ensure that both parties are on a more or less equal footing going into the agreement, and to ensure that one party doesn’t unintentionally enter into an unfair agreement.

Some agreements may expressly state that the parties obtain independent legal advice before they can be valid.  A party may be able to challenge the validity of an agreement if the party did not receive independent legal advice before executing the agreement.  However, in the absence of an express term in the agreement, there is no requirement that independent legal advice be sought before an agreement is executed.

Send an email to info@gilsig.ca to book an appointment for Independent Legal Advice with Family Lawyer, Marla Gilsig