Call us at 416-533-0040 to discuss how to get us working for you!
If you believe that your legal matter fits into one of our practice areas, contact us to see if you can get us working for you. You can contact us by phone any time during regular office hours (9-5, Monday to Friday) at 416-533-0040. We will direct you to one of our intake officers, who will ask you some questions about your matter.
Keep in mind that it is always best to find a lawyer well before you need one. It can be difficult to act on short notice, so be sure to contact us well ahead of any important dates!
Looking for legal resources? Check out our blog post on the subject here (link).
Please note bakerlaw is not accepting new clients at this time. The Law Society of Ontario’s Referral Service assists the community by connecting individuals seeking legal assistance with a lawyer or a paralegal. You can contact the LSO’s Referral Service on their website here (link) or by phone at 416-947-5255.
Bakerlaw will provide an update on our website when we can begin accepting new clients.
How can we help?
If you would like to retain us to act on your behalf regarding your legal issues, we can prepare a retainer agreement and guide you through whatever formal or informal legal process you’re going through. In this type of arrangement, you retain us to act as your lawyers and the retainer agreement outlines what we have agreed to do for you.
Sometimes individuals are excellent self-advocates. In those instances, we may be able to offer a consultation to help you determine whether or not you have a legal problem, what type of resolution is realistically achievable and what procedures (both informal and formal) should be followed.
Learn more about the different ways we can work for you below.
Retainers with bakerlaw
Once we have agreed to act on your behalf, a retainer agreement will be prepared. The retainer agreement outlines items such as the scope and nature of our services, our fees, and the required up-front payment. Once retained, you can count on us to work with you towards achieving your goals.
We are not your lawyers until we are officially retained by our agreeing to act for you in accordance with our policy for accepting new clients. No information that we provide to you can be treated as legal advice until we are officially retained to act as your lawyers. Documents should not be sent to us via e-email without prior agreement.
If you’re interested in discussing a retainer agreement, please provide us with some information about your situation to see if we can assist. You can share some key details with us by filling out this confidential contact form (link).
Consultations with bakerlaw
In an effort to increase access to justice and make bakerlaw’s legal expertise and experience available to people who choose to resolve their legal problems themselves, bakerlaw offers paid consultations.
Consultations are suitable for people who have a legal problem that falls within bakerlaw practice area (link to legal services) and who recognize they need some assistance in order to address it themselves. Many issues can be resolved informally, given appropriate guidance at the outset. If commencing a legal proceeding is required, people are increasingly representing themselves. Getting some direction at the outset can be a good idea for those who are self-representing a particular legal issue for the first time.
If after the consultation you decide that it would be more cost-effective to retain bakerlaw to represent you, you will receive a credit on your first account by 50% of the consultation fee.
Please note we will not offer a consultation to everyone and bakerlaw will use its discretion to decide whether or not to schedule a consultation.
Consultations can be done in person, or over the phone, or via zoom. Consultations are scheduled for 1 hour and a flat fee of $500 plus HST ($565.00). Once payment is received, a consultation will be scheduled for a mutually convenient time. bakerlaw will use its discretion when assigning which of our legal professionals will assist you during your consultation.
If you’re interested in requesting a consultation, please provide us with some information about your situation to see if we can assist. You can share some key details with us by filling out this confidential contact form (link).
“By being able to pay for consultation on an as-needed basis, I was able to access the assistance of experienced counsel and obtain a swift and satisfactory outcome in a matter concerning human rights and education law in which I was self-representing. I simply would not have been in a position to move the matter forward as quickly or effectively without this assistance, nor would it have made sense for me to retain counsel full-time on a tribunal matter of limited financial benefit.” – Anonymous
How much does a lawyer cost?
This is a tricky one. Human rights lawyer fees can vary across Ontario. We have lawyers based on Toronto, Ottawa and London. Litigation is dynamic and the path one matter takes may vary greatly from another matter with a similar issue. We do not provide estimates. What we can provide you with is clear information about our rates and billing practice. We strive to keep our overhead low so that we can offer excellent legal services for a reasonable price. For some, that price will still be too much. In some instances, we may be able to assist you in securing funds from the Legal Aid Ontario Test Cases program (link) or the Court Challenges Program (link). We have also supported clients in crowdfunding campaigns. If you are interested in discussing any of these options, please raise these in early discussions with us.
Still have questions?
Call us! We’re happy to help. We look forward to speaking with you – in the meantime, thank you for visiting our site and for your interest in our services.
– This post is current as of the time of writing. Readers should not rely on this post as legal advice. –