• Burnaby Deer Lake Law Group Lawyers & Notaries Family Mediation
  • Burnaby Deer Lake Law Group Lawyers & Notaries Family Mediation
  • Burnaby Deer Lake Law Group Lawyers & Notaries Family Mediation
  • Burnaby Deer Lake Law Group Lawyers & Notaries Family Mediation

When the "I do" becomes "I don't" we will protect your Assets, your Children and your Sanity.

  • Burnaby Deer Lake Law Group Lawyers & Notaries Family Mediation
  • Burnaby Deer Lake Law Group Lawyers & Notaries Family Mediation
  • Burnaby Deer Lake Law Group Lawyers & Notaries Family Mediation

RETAINING A LAWYER for LEGAL REPRESENTATION

If Mediation is not a realistic option, and you have made the decision to hire a family lawyer, the Burnaby Deer Lake Law Group will make every attempt to guide you through the divorce process with as little stress and disruption to your children as possible. Every effort will be made to keep the conflict from escalating, which results in inflated legal fees and greater anxiety for the entire family.

At the Initial Consultation, the family lawyer will

  • discuss your family history and particulars of your situation
  • explain your legal rights and obligations (Family Law Act and Divorce Act)
  • offer to take immediate action to address urgent issues with respect to finances and children
  • present strategies with respect to bringing resolution to the unresolved issues in the most effective manner.

Although it is not necessary for you to bring any financial information to the Initial Consultation, if you are ready to provide instructions to the Family Lawyer with respect to bringing resolution to the outstanding issues, we suggest that you come prepared with as much financial disclosure as possible.

Financial Disclosure includes, but is not limited to:

  • 3 years of Tax Returns
  • 3 years of Notices of Assessment
  • A recent payroll stub or statement
  • Information about self-employment and businesses that you own
  • Financial details about your home and other properties
  • Financial details about your vehicles, trailers, boats and similar
  • Financial details about other property of significant value such as art, jewelry, and similar
  • Most recent statements from all banking institutions for all joint and sole accounts
  • Most recent statements from all jointly held and solely held credit cards
  • Most recent statements from RRSP, mutual funds, private pensions, and similar
  • Most recent statements from cash value Life Insurance policies
  • Most recent statements from mortgages, lines of credit and other loans and debts
  • Any other financial information which either spouse believes to be relevant

We recognize that you will work very closely with your lawyer, and it is important that you feel comfortable with the lawyer. The Burnaby Deer Lake Law Group offers a no cost 30-minute "Meet the Lawyer Initial Consultation" with the Family Lawyer.  We reserve the right to charge for any time beyond the first 30 minutes.

Individual hours are billed at $300.00 and some services are offered on flat-rate basis.

RETAINING A LAWYER for a SEPARATION AGREEMENT

For couples that have successfully resolved all their issues of asset division, support and parenting, and would like a Separation Agreement drafted, the Burnaby Deer Lake Law Group will work with both spouses to draft the Separation Agreement.

In these circumstances, no legal advice will be given to either spouse, and if legal advice is required by either party, the Burnaby Deer Lake Law Group will direct individuals to seek independent legal advice from a Family Lawyer for their own choosing.

Both parties must consent to the use of the same lawyer to draft the Separation Agreement and must waive any conflict of interest.    

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