Our Services

We have designed our services and fees based on the needs of our clients. Read more below to see what sort of fee structure may work best for you and your case.

Consultation

The first step is to meet with one of our family lawyers. In our consultation session, you can tell us what is happening in your family, what your goals are, and we’ll help you make a plan to get there. The purpose of this meeting is for us to meet each other and develop strategies for you to move your file forward, regardless of whether you hire us or not.

Full Scope Services

If you decide you would like to have us represent you for all aspects of your family file, we will handle all correspondence, negotiations, drafting of documents, and court appearances on your behalf. We will bill you on an hourly basis for the time that we work on your file. A retainer is required. This is the level of service that is appropriate for most of our clients.

Limited Scope Services

In some rare instances, it is possible and appropriate to have us provide a more limited scope of services. Unlike full scope services, where we will handle all steps on your file, limited scope services means we only do some of the steps on your file. With limited scope services, we will work with you to determine what we will do for you and what you will do on your own. For example, you may hire us only to draft an agreement or specific court documents (such as a Notice of Family Claim, Financial Statement, Application, Response, or Affidavit), or to help you with specific correspondence – you handle the rest.

Full Scope Services

You may have met with us for a consultation, but decided you would prefer to manage your file yourself and keep your costs down. Along the way, you recognize you could use a legal opinion, some strategy advice, or other guidance. Legal coaching is a great option – get the help of a lawyer in-person only when you need it. We will bill you on an hourly basis for the time that we spend with you. Sessions are charged on an hourly rate.

We have designed our services and fees based on the needs of our clients. Read more below to see what sort of fee structure may work best for you and your case.

Consultation

The first step is to meet with one of our family lawyers. In our consultation session, you can tell us what is happening in your family, what your goals are, and we’ll help you make a plan to get there. The purpose of this meeting is for us to meet each other and develop strategies for you to move your file forward, regardless of whether you hire us or not.

Full Scope Services

If you decide you would like to have us represent you for all aspects of your family file, we will handle all correspondence, negotiations, drafting of documents, and court appearances on your behalf. We will bill you on an hourly basis for the time that we work on your file. A retainer is required. This is the level of service that is appropriate for most of our clients.

Limited Scope Services

In some rare instances, it is possible and appropriate to have us provide a more limited scope of services. Unlike full scope services, where we will handle all steps on your file, limited scope services means we only do some of the steps on your file. With limited scope services, we will work with you to determine what we will do for you and what you will do on your own. For example, you may hire us only to draft an agreement or specific court documents (such as a Notice of Family Claim, Financial Statement, Application, Response, or Affidavit), or to help you with specific correspondence – you handle the rest.

Full Scope Services

You may have met with us for a consultation, but decided you would prefer to manage your file yourself and keep your costs down. Along the way, you recognize you could use a legal opinion, some strategy advice, or other guidance. Legal coaching is a great option – get the help of a lawyer in-person only when you need it. We will bill you on an hourly basis for the time that we spend with you. Sessions are charged on an hourly rate.

Retainer and Fees

All our services, including our consultation sessions, are billed according to the time we spend working on your file.

What is a retainer?

A retainer is a deposit on future fees – it’s money that you provide so that we can start work on your file. We hold your retainer in our trust account and only use that money to pay your legal fees when we issue a bill. A retainer is not an estimate of cost. Any money left over at the end of your file will be returned to you.

How much is the retainer?

The amount of your initial retainer depends on the details of your file and your unique circumstances. Most initial full scope retainers are $3,000. Files that are proceeding to court generally require a larger retainer. We will talk about what is suitable for you in your consultation.

What are our hourly rates?

Katherine Tinmouth’s current rate is $275/hour.
Arden Ackerman’s current rate is $225/hour.

Forms of payment

We accept Visa, MasterCard, debit and bank drafts. We do not accept cash.

Retainer and Fees

All our services, including our consultation sessions, are billed according to the time we spend working on your file.

What is a retainer?

A retainer is a deposit on future fees – it’s money that you provide so that we can start work on your file. We hold your retainer in our trust account and only use that money to pay your legal fees when we issue a bill. A retainer is not an estimate of cost. Any money left over at the end of your file will be returned to you.

How much is the retainer?

The amount of your initial retainer depends on the details of your file and your unique circumstances. Most initial full scope retainers are $3,000. Files that are proceeding to court generally require a larger retainer. We will talk about what is suitable for you in your consultation.

What are our hourly rates?

Katherine Tinmouth’s current rate is $275/hour.
Arden Ackerman’s current rate is $225/hour.

Forms of payment

We accept Visa, MasterCard, debit and bank drafts. We do not accept cash.

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New to AT Family Law & Mediation?

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