The costs of legal services are a function of time and the Lawyer's hourly rate. Lawyer's typically bill the client for all work done on their file which would include the following; meetings, court appearances, telephone conversations, e-mail correspondence, letters, drafting documents, reviewing relevant law, reviewing documents and sometimes travel time.
To save money be prepared when you meet your Lawyer. Send an e-mail summary of events instead of having a face to face meeting every time something happens that you want the lawyer to know. Don't call the Lawyer every day to find out if anything is new. Don't have the Lawyer read numerous documents or reports that aren't relevant to your case.
My hourly rate is $ 350.00 plus h.s.t. The rate for my law clerk is $ 75.00 per hour plus h.s.t. The law clerk rate will apply when she does work directly with you such as assisting in the completion of your financial statements or other documents or meeting with you to obtain information. You are not charged the law clerk rate for secretarial services or answering brief telephone inquiries. Please remember that the law clerk cannot provide you with legal advice and cannot take instructions from you.
A Lawyer generally requires a Retainer which is basically a deposit that will be held in trust until such time as an account is rendered. I generally require a retainer of $ 5,000.00 to start a family court matter and a $ 10,000.00 retainer for an Appeal.
When you receive an account it will set out the work that was billed for on the dates it was done.