Do you have a court matter coming up, or do you need assistance with court litigation?
We accept that litigation is one tool that can validly be used to resolve disputes – particularly in cases where the other party is unresponsive or does not genuinely wish to seek a resolution, there is urgency, or there is a risk to a child or yourself.
We can appear for you in court, or assist you on an ‘unbundled’ basis.
We try to ensure that your litigation costs are as clear as possible. We can also fix costs in some circumstances – including fixed costs for the preparation of court documents and litigation advice.
Litigation Costs (We Represent You in Court)
We regularly appear in the Nanaimo, Duncan, Port Alberni and Courtenay Provincial and Supreme Courts.
The Provincial Court is mostly used regarding simple children and child support matters, and civil claims under $35,000. The Supreme Court has sole jurisdiction to deal with property matters following separation, divorce applications, and civil claims over $35,000.
Our fees for some litigation aspects can be fixed and are usually as follows (subject to complexity, and confirmation at a free first appointment):
- Desk Order Divorce – $900 plus taxes, any process server costs, and court fees ($290).
- Family Law Provincial Court Application or Response / financial documents, initial advice, filing, assistance with service requirements, can often be fixed at $1900 plus taxes. Work beyond those steps is usually charged at $250 / hr.
- Family Law Supreme Court Claim / Response, financial documents, initial advice, filing, assistance with service requirements can often be fixed at $3000 plus taxes. Work beyond those steps is usually charged at $250 / hr.
Unbundled Legal Assistance (Self-Representation Assistance)
Some clients prefer an approach that sees them attend at court on a self-represented but carefully advised basis. We are not listed on the court record, we do not communicate with the other side, and we do not attend court. This reduces costs significantly for clients, while we can offer advice and support along the way and assist with more technical aspects of the case.
This approach significantly reduces costs because most litigated matters are listed in court on multiple occasions, with cases often remaining before the court for many months. Court hearings can sometimes last much of a day, and there are sometimes even significant court delays in obtaining minor procedural orders during busy list days. This often results in significant costs to clients as lawyers generally charge on an hourly basis. This is one of the major reasons for unexpected and large litigation bills.
Corresponding with other parties (particularly self represented parties) can also significantly increase legal costs. Some parties prefer to handle correspondence themselves to further reduce costs.
- Litigation advice bundle – $250 per hour for assistance as required – $1500 initially plus taxes.
Request a Free First Appointment Now
We offer free initial legal consultations for family law and dispute resolution issues. Use our contact form and we will get right back to you. Or call us now on 250-824-1255 to arrange an appointment: