More and more people are choosing to represent themselves in their family law matters, whether they are in court or negotiating in mediation or directly with each other. Sometimes retaining a “full-time” lawyer is not an option financially. Sometimes clients feel it is simply not necessary.
Legal coaching is a practice model that allows people who are representing themselves to meet with a lawyer at any stage of their proceedings to get help navigating the law, the process (mediation, negotiation, court), the legal system, etc. Our lawyers will provide advice, information and strategy unique to a client’s situation to help move a matter forward efficiently.
When we provide legal coaching we do not require a retainer from clients. Our coaching clients will have their first consultation with us (this is a paid consultation where clients receive the highest quality information and advice), and then they may schedule subsequent meetings with our lawyers according to their own needs.
What can clients expect from a legal coach:
Confidentiality and legal privilege according to the Rules of Professional Conduct;
Help determining the best process options to resolve the matter;
Legal information and advice on all topics including parenting, child support, spousal support, property division and the matrimonial home;
Information about what to expect in mediation, in court and other processes;
Assistance drafting court documents;
Assistance with financial disclosure including Financial Statements and applications for the Family Law Value of a pension;
Information about other professionals (family professionals, financial professionals, valuators, appraisers, etc.) who can assist; and
Strategizing with clients to help them obtain the best outcome for the family.
How is legal coaching different from traditional representation?
The law firm does not require a retainer;
The lawyer does not go “on the record” in court and would not appear in court for the client;
The lawyer is not corresponding with other counsel, parties or professionals in the matter and is not holding herself out as representing the client;
They lawyer isn’t assuming carriage of the file but assisting the client based on that client’s unique needs; and
The lawyer is not attending all mediation sessions or court appearances with the client.
For more information or to book a consultation with one of our lawyers please contact Fiona Bryan:
Fbryan@bgfamilylaw.ca or 905-338-7941 ext. 230
Address: 165 Cross Avenue, Suite 301 Oakville, ON, L6J 0A9