What are contingency fees? That’s what’s being offered when you see an advertisement which says, “You don’t pay until we win.” And contingency fees are often offered with free consultations up front. Sounds good, right? So: why don’t all law firms offer contingency fees and free consultations?
Maybe you’ve already read our blog, “Where there’s a will . . . (there’s peace of mind)”.
If you haven’t, and perhaps need a bit more information about why making your will matters, here’s the link: https://www.andersonadams.ca/blog/where‑theres‑a‑will.html.
So once you’ve made an appointment to give will instructions, what can you expect? What information would it be helpful to have at your fingertips when you meet with your lawyer?
Do you enjoy watching video blogs? LawPro (which provides various types of supportive services to lawyers in Ontario) has produced a number of interesting vlogs on topics of interest to people buying real estate which we’re welcome to share with you.
There are so many resources out there on the internet. Legislation from all over the world. Case law too. Draft contracts and agreements and wills. Precedents of every kind. And increasingly we’re all accustomed to using the internet as our first source of information: most often, by Googling on our phones. We can and we do get instant information, 24/7.
So: why do you need to pay a lawyer to give you legal advice?
On Tuesday, May 16th at the Midland Cultural Centre, retired Simcoe County lawyer Fred Hacker hosted retired Supreme Court Justice Frank Iacobucci for a most interesting conversation about all of his contributions to Canadian public life. It was a memorable evening.
Ideally, that’s what you’d like to achieve. You sell your old house firm. You find your new house and you enter into an Agreement of Purchase and Sale, closing the very same day. Perfect. Best possible scenario. Now you can organize your moving van and start packing. And you can get going on all the other tasks that are necessary to effect your smooth move.
Constructions liens are a particularly complicated area of law.
If you’ve done work on somebody’s property or if you’ve supplied materials for a building project and they haven’t paid you, then you may want to consider securing the money you’re owed by putting on a construction lien.
There’s lots of misunderstanding out there about “power of attorney” documents: what they do, when they’re effective, and most important, why you should have them in place.