Frequently asked questions about hiring a lawyer
Lawyers present an intimidating front to the general public. The following are answers to several questions many people wish to ask, but generally don’t. A reminder, however, that the following information is not considered legal advice, and is general information only. Every situation is different and you should contact a lawyer registered to practice in your province to properly advise you.
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Though this list is by no means exhaustive, you might well want to consider contacting a lawyer for advice where any of the following are involved:
- A large amount of money is at stake
- You’ve been injured in an accident
- Serious damage to property has occurred
- Disputes involving children
- If you’ve been served (you’re being sued)
- A very emotional situation where you need a rational third party involved as intermediary
- Starting a business
Generally, no. The Vancouver Small Claims Court Filing Assistant is a very helpful website for those who are looking to initiate small claims (those under $25,000).
You should typically look for a lawyer experienced in the area of law pertaining specifically to your situation. A lawyer who focuses his or her practice in a given area of the law will be more likely to know how best to advise you in your time of need.
As an example, Tim Louis has more than 25 years of experience in:
There is no easy answer to this question because all lawyers and law firms set their own rates. There are different ways for a lawyer to be paid, with the most common being by retainer, by the hour, or as a percentage of a settlement. The only way to find out what it will cost is to talk to the lawyer you’re thinking of using, and ask the question.
If you have a legal matter that isn’t listed, phone Tim Louis & Company Law at 604-732-7678 or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org and we will try to refer you to a lawyer who does have experience in the area of law you. There is no charge for this service.