Retaining Bakerlaw

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Call us at 416-533-0040 to find out if we can help you


If you believe that your legal matter fits into one of our practice areas, 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!

Tell us your story

Be prepared when you call to provide the intake officer with a brief outline of your matter, as well as the answers to a few questions, such as the following:

  • What do you hope to achieve?
  • Have you already commenced any legal proceedings in the matter?
  • Are there any important upcoming dates we should know about?

If your matter fits within our practice areas, your intake officer will pass the details you have provided on to a Bakerlaw lawyer, who will contact you within approximately one week by telephone to determine whether we are a good fit for your needs.

If your matter doesn’t fit our practice areas, your intake officer will do his or her best to provide you with an appropriate referral. If that isn’t possible, we will direct you to the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Lawyer Referral Service.

Looking for other legal resources?

Check out our blog post on the subject here (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 is offering paid consultations

Consultations are suitable for people who have a legal problem that falls within bakerlaw practice area and who recognize they need some initial 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.

A consultation can help you determine whether or not you have a problem for which a legal solution is available, what damages or other remedies are realistically achievable and what procedures (both informal and formal) should be followed.

If after the consultation you decide that it would be more cost effective to retain a lawyer to represent you, bakerlaw will reduce your first account by 50% of the consultation cost.

If you wish to schedule a consultation, we will first ask that you call one of our intake officers. The intake officer will take some initial information from you about your situation (Please call 416-533-0040 ext. 230). This helps us to ensure that a consultation with bakerlaw is a viable option in your situation. 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.

Consultation can be done in person, or over the phone. Consultations will be scheduled for up to 1 hour for a flat fee of $500 plus HST ($565.00). Once payment is received a consultation will be scheduled for a mutually convenient time.

Complete a retainer agreement

Once you and a Bakerlaw lawyer have determined that Bakerlaw will act on your behalf, your retainer agreement will be prepared. The retainer agreement outlines items such as the scope and nature of our services, our fees, and the required retainer/up-front payment.

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. Unless you are an existing client, no information provided to us will be considered confidential.  Information should not be sent to us via e-email without prior agreement.

Still have questions?

If you have any questions about any of the above, or would like to learn more about what we do, don’t hesitate to contact us. We look forward to speaking with you – in the meantime, thank you for visiting our site and for your interest in our services.

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