One of the most significant concerns for potential clients are their legal fees. I usually deal with matters on a “block fee” basis. What this means is that you will meet with me and we will have a discussion about your case. At the end of that discussion, you will receive a quote for the cost of your defence.
Sometimes it will be difficult to assess the block fee at the initial meeting. There may need to be lengthier discussions about the type of strategy used to defend your case. If so, you will be told at the outset about what information will be needed to provide a final quote.
Below is a list of some of the services I provide to my clients, and the costs associated with them. These estimated fees are for informational purposes, and do not include applicable taxes, disbursements or any other third-party fees. Your case will have a personalized quote before we agree to enter into a solicitor-client relationship.
|Type of Service||Estimated Cost|
|Bail hearing|| $1,500 |
(one day bail hearing)
|Diversion, peace bonds, withdrawn charges and guilty pleas of low complexity|| $1,000 - $2,500 |
(depending on the number of appearances)
|Single day summary conviction trial||$4,000 - $5,000|
|Multiple day summary conviction trial|| $6,000 to $7,000 up to the first day|
$1,500 for each additional day
It goes without saying that there will be times that a client cannot afford to satisfy the retainer in one payment. I am more than happy to begin working on your matter once a good faith deposit towards the retainer has been made.
There will often be several months between our initial meeting and the conclusion of your case. For example, it is not uncommon for a one-day trial to be set 8 – 12 months in the future in Toronto. Your obligation is to fulfill your retainer before your matter is complete. Further details on this responsibility will be in your retainer agreement.
Fees are accepted by cash, Visa or Mastercard.
I accept Legal Aid certificates as well, but not necessarily for every case. Please contact me to determine if I am prepared to take on your matter.