AGSLAW is excited to present our individualized family law information session:
What is it: Every two weeks for a period of 2 hours, we will open our doors to the public and provide free 10-15 minutes individual discussions with our lawyer, Annette Goldberg Schreiber. These are information sessions on family law questions you may have.
What can you discuss: Because of the limited amount of time, we will limit the discussion to the following issues only: child custody, child access, child support and family law procedures.
What will not be discussed: Due to limitation of time, we will not be able to discuss complicated issues such as: division of property, CAS court matters, review of separation agreements, review of documents (court or other). If you wish to do so, you would be well advised to book a regular consult where we can take up to an hour of our time to discuss your matters, for a reasonable fee.
Do you need to book an appointment in order to participate: No, you do not! We will hold the session on a first-come-first-serve basis. There will be a sign-up sheet and a short form for you to fill out. Once all the spots are filled, we will advise you to try again to fit into the next session.
When is the next session: Please call us to confirm the next free information session.
Standard Track Consultation
This consultation gives you the benefit of speaking with one of our experienced lawyers for up to one hour. It is typically suitable for people who have more than 2 issues to extensively discuss with a lawyer, documents to review and /or an ongoing case at Family Court or via out-of-court Negotiations. This is also a good starting point for someone choosing self-representation.
Cost: Call for rates.
Please see the following typical topics for Standard Track Consultation:
Fast Track Consultation
This consult gives you the benefit of consulting with one of our experienced lawyers for 20 minutes. It is typically suitable for people who have brief questions and are looking for some general guidance. This option is not beneficial for clients who wish to have extensive documentation reviewed and advised upon.
Cost: Call for rates.
Personalized Fee Structure
The personalized fee structure recognizes all people should have access to professional legal services, yet many have varying degrees of ability to afford legal services. Unlike the LSP (Legal Services Packages) option, this option is usually chosen by clients wishing to retain a lawyer throughout their case. Your personalized fee structure will be calculated when you have your initial consultation.
LSP: Legal Services Packages
It is a fact that nearly all the litigants in Family Court today cannot afford legal advice, representation and assistance with document preparation. This is usually due to the disparity between household incomes and the cost of services offered by most law firms. We are confident that with our Initiatives, you will be able to gain the benefit of professional legal assistance experienced strictly in Family Law at an exceptionally reasonable and affordable cost.
Cost of a package: Call for rates.
How to choose a package: At your consultation, the lawyer will be able to advise you which package suits your needs and advise you of the cost. The package may be combines as needed.
The following are currently available LSP’s:
a. Application Package:
i. Suitable for those who wish to obtain for the first time a Court Order to deal with issues such as custody and/or access to children, child support, spousal support and division of property.
ii. Depending on the circumstances, this package typically includes an Application form, An Affidavit in Support of Custody and Access Claims form and a Financial Statement form.
b. Answer Package:
i. Suitable for those who need to Answer an Application that has been served upon he/she.
ii. Depending on the circumstances, this package typically includes an Answer form, An Affidavit in Support of Custody and Access Claims form and a Financial Statement form.
c. Motion to Change Package:
i. Suitable for those who wish for the court to make changes to an existing Final Court Order.
ii. Depending on the circumstances, this package typically includes a Motion to Change form, Change of Information form, an Affidavit in Support of Custody and Access Claims, an Affidavit form and a Financial Statement form.
d. Motion Package:
i. Suitable for those who wish to apply to the court for a Temporary Court Order on such issues such as custody and/or access to children, child support, spousal support and division of property.
ii. Depending on the circumstances, this package will normally include a Notice of Motion form, an Affidavit form and a Financial Statement form.
*** Please note that cost of this package will depend and vary according to the number of affidavits require and length of each.
e. Family Responsibility Office Package:
i. Suitable for those are facing Enforcement Proceedings by the FRO such as Proceedings to have their Driver’s License suspended.
ii. Depending on what is being sought by the FRO the package will include the required forms to answer the proceedings. It may be combined with the Motion to Change package should you need to change the existing support order for an additional cost.
f. Individual form preparation:
i. You may find yourself needing assistance with an individual form such as a Financial Statement, Reply, Conference Brief or an Affidavit or any of the other Family Court forms.
g. Court Conference Briefs:
i. Briefs are required form within the family law rules for whether you're attending a case conference settlement conference for trial management conference at court. The purpose of the brief is to summarize for the judge in the most effective way what the issues are in your case and what are the facts in your case. Without an effective brief a judge is not going to understand the nature of your issue in family court and is going to have a hard time helping you. Our experienced lawyers will ensure that a brief is drafted on your behalf such that you would get the most out of your day in court making it clear to the judge what your position is and briefing the judge about the case in general. Please note that if you do not serve a brief prior to court date you may not be heard in court and the court date may not go ahead which could open you up to an order of cost payable to the opposing side as it is extremely important that this document be done properly and on time.
h. Court Attendance Package:
i. You may choose to retain one of our experienced lawyers to represent you on a certain court date.
***Please note that the cost of this package will depend on the extent of the preparation that will be required by the lawyer for the court date as well as on whether you will require us to prepare any documents on your behalf for the court date.
i. Wills, Power of Attorney and Living Wills:
i. Call for rates on wills.
Additional Support Services
The following services are offered at AGSLAW as an addition to any of our services or individually. The cost of these services shall be provided to you at your consultation. as always, we offer these services to you at the most reasonable cost possible.
At commencement of your working relationship with AGSLAW, we will enter into a Retainer Agreement which sets out the terms and conditions for the work.
We also offer a limited scope retainer or unbundled legal services, an agreement that can provide a more affordable option with a lawyer or paralegal.
Further details of the terms and conditions are available on request.