What does a legal consultation involve?
This is your opportunity to discuss your legal matters with a lawyer, and find out how we may be able to help. It is an in-depth conversation, and the specific details covered will vary depending on your situation.
A consultation may include:
- The legal nature of the issue
- The available range of legal options
- What steps may be taken next
- Information that may be necessary for evidence in your case, or for protection of your best interest
- Potential solutions that do not require legal action, if that is possible
- A recommendation of the best approach, and a discussion of the costs involved
- Analysis of the advantages of legal representation and what, if anything, can be done without legal representation
The fee for initial consultations is calculated according to an hourly rate. In some limited circumstances you may be charged a flat fee for your consultation. When you call our office to schedule your consultation you will be advised of the fees. Please be aware that the consultation fee is due and payable at the time of your appointment.
We accept cash, credit cards (MasterCard and Visa), as well as debit card payments. Personal cheques are not accepted as payment for initial consultations.
What should you bring with you?
Preparation will help you get the most benefit from your consultation. We recommend writing a list of questions you would like to ask, and issues that you want to discuss. If the issue is complex, it may be helpful to create a timeline of events, chronology, or a list of relevant details. Additionally, please bring along any related documents. Providing complete and accurate information allows your lawyer to give relevant, precise and detailed guidance.
The type of documents you should bring depends on the nature of your legal matter. Generally speaking, you will need to bring the following:
- Your driver’s licence and SIN card
- A complete timeline of relevant events
- Court papers, contracts, and other legal documents
- For civil litigation, other documents may include letters, emails, Court papers you received, contracts, and any relevant correspondence
- In employment and labour law cases, documentation may include your employment agreement, pay stubs, letters of discipline or termination, grievances, collective agreements, and T4 statements
If you have any questions, please contact GAB Law Firm for further information or clarification.