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FAMILY LAW

Divorce and separation can be terrifying, and costly.  We provide you with information and support to help alleviate fears and empower families to determine what their lives will look like moving forward.

Mediation-Mediation is a cost effective and efficient method of reaching resolution in family law matters.  Your mediator will guide you through a conversation that is forward focused and controlled.  Mediation allows the parties to create their own decisions as to what their lives will look like moving forward rather than tasking lawyers or Judges and Justices to make the decisions for them.

Sometimes mediation can be uncomfortable and frustrating, but participants commit to the mediation process and find themselves with an agreement that works for everyone involved, for less money and far sooner than going to court.  Bluntly, it is the healthiest option for families and the children involved.

Mediation can begin at any point in time, whether court documents have been filed or not or whether Court is already scheduled.  

Paralegal and documentation preparation-  If you are dealing with an issue in Family Law; divorce, common-law separation, parenting orders, child or spousal/partner support, variation applications, contact applications, guardianship concerns, division of property, chances are we have dealt with it.  Sometimes parties may need to know what documents to file, how to file them, how to ensure the documents comply with the Rules of Court.  We can provide information as well as documentation preparation to help you prepare for Court.

Divorce Package Preparation-We prepare entire divorce packages for parties who are in agreement on all matters involved. One flat fee.

Legal Coaching-Self-represented litigants can meet with our Legal Coach to discuss your matter, set and stay focused on goals and help to separate the emotional side of separation and divorce from the legal process.  

Family Law Services Fees

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WILLS & ESTATES

Last Will and Testament gives you the opportunity to decide who you wish to benefit from your estate, who you wish to be your estate representative, and who you would wish be the guardian of your minor children.  Consider the following:

  • Having a Will shows consideration to your family that you have left behind, that they know they are following your wishes.
  • Having a Will makes the paperwork associated with your passing much less work for others.
  • Having a Will may allow for your beneficiaries to access funds from your estate in a timelier manner.

  • Having a Will can assist in avoiding conflict and fighting amongst family members.

  • Naming a guardian for your minor children gives you the peace of mind that they will be cared for by someone of your choosing. If you were to pass without a Will, your estate will be divided in accordance with the laws of Alberta and may not be distributed to those persons you would choose.

 
Personal Directive is also known as a "living will". Having this document allows you to name a representative to make personal decisions on your behalf if you are still alive but you have lost your capacity to make decisions for yourself. Your appointed Agent can make decisions with your medical service providers regarding your care and can arrange for you to live in a care facility.

A Power of Attorney document is used to name a representative to make financial decisions on your behalf if you have lost your capacity to do so. The Attorney you have named can access your bank accounts to pay your bills and can sign legal documents in your stead when required.  

In the event that you were to lose your ability to make decisions or communicate decisions and have not had a Personal Directive or Power of Attorney prepared, someone close to you may need to apply to the Court to be appointed as your Guardian and/or Trustee.  That process can be avoided with the simple preparation of these documents.  

Guardianship and Trusteeship Applications are needed when a loved one has experienced a loss of capacity, or ability to make decisions on their own behalf, or when an adult who is unable to make decisions for themselves requires assistance with respect to their finances and/or their care.    

Estate Administration can be very overwhelming.  There is a lot of paperwork to be done and the process can be confusing at a time of grieving and loss.  From the first meeting, I will do my best to take the worry off your shoulders, explain the process and support you through the administration of your loved one's estate.  I will make the process simple and straightforward.  If you are wanting support in preparing application documents on your own and are looking for a little bit of knowledgeable guidance, please do not hesitate to contact us to arrange a consultation.

Wills & Estates Fees

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our fees/your investment

We believe in transparency.   And we also know you want to know what to expect in terms of cost.  Below is our schedule of fees for the different services we offer.

Mediation

$220/hour

The mediation process includes one-on-one initial interviews, mediation sessions, disclosure gathering and exchanging (when applicable), and report drafting.  Often, the mediation process takes 3-4 two hour sessions (depending of course on the parties and the number of issues to be resolved).  Expected total fee payable could range from $1,320 to $3,000, which is often shared between the parties.   This fee is split in smaller payable portions as the process proceeds.

Legal Coaching

$150/hour

Legal Coaching sessions are booked on a weekly or bi-weekly schedule, depending on what you need.  They are one hour sessions and can be paid each week or on a monthly basis.  

Paralegal Services

$115/hour

Paralegal Services include consultations as to process, drafting documentation pursuant to client instructions.  Types of matters we deal with are: child support, parenting orders, spousal/partner support orders, guardianship, contact, variation of orders, protection orders, divorce documentation and correcting of rejected (do-it-yourself) divorce packages, review of Estate Applications, corrections of documents prepared by the client, or assistance in completing a Guardianship/Trusteeship application yourself. You will be charged for the time you use.

Fee include an initial consultation either in person, via video conference or telephone; the preparation of the estate application, service of the application on the beneficiaries and any other documents required to obtain a grant from the Court. The Court filing fee is an additional charge and varies depending on the value of the estate.

This fee includes an initial consultation, drafting of the application forms, and further meetings to finalize and sign your documentation.

Uncontested Divorces-flat fee

$750

If you and your former partner have agreed to all matters and simply need the divorce documentation completed properly, we will complete your divorce package from start to finish.  This fee includes initial consult and information gathering, document review of any agreements in place, drafting of documents, and signing and copying all documents.

Wills, Personal Directives, Power of Attorney

Individual Will                                

Individual Power of Attorney

Individual Personal Directive

All three forms (Individual)

Codicil

Couples Wills                                

Couples Powers of Attorney

Couples Personal Directives

All three forms (Couples)

Codicils

** PLEASE NOTE: The above noted fee information are estimates only and not to be considered as quotes for your matter.  We do our very best to minimize your costs and keep you up to date on all time spent on your matter.

GST is applicable to the above fees.

$250

$150

$125

$400

$100

$400

$225

$175

$625

$150

Estate Applications

$1000

Guardianship/Trusteeship Applications, Renewals, Reviews

$1000

Commissioning Documents

$50

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