How Our Initial Family Lawyer Consultation Is Different

How Pathway Legal treats a family lawyer consultation - the difference 

When you attend your first family lawyer consultation at Pathway Legal, you will see what it is like to get practical, no nonsense advice from lawyers who know what we are talking about. When you meet with us, right from the start, you will see the difference we offer.

In just one hour, we will give you some initial and important advice. We will discuss the various options available to you to resolve your matter. We will also make recommendations about how to move forward. By the time you leave, you will have an idea as to the exact road map of a family law matter and how your circumstances fit into that roadmap. We will also demonstrate what makes Pathway Legal different in terms of how we serve you, our client, and give you immediate strategies for success. 

Why free consultations are not in your best interest

We all know that a lot of law firms offer a free family law consultation. Yet, at Pathway Legal, your family law consultation is a lot more than meeting with a lawyer. It is an investment in your future.

When you meet with us, you will have already provided us with some necessary information so we are not wasting your valuable time and resources. For example, we will have already gathered such information as:

  • Your full name, address, and date of birth
  • Your (former partner's) full name, address, and date of birth
  • The full names and dates of birth of your children
  • The dates of the commencement and end of your relationship
  • A brief overview of questions you want to ask your divorce lawyer

Because we gather this important information before you meet with us, we will hit the ground running when we meet. This is because we will already have the context of your unique circumstances which will then, in turn, allow us to guide you in a way that serves your case right from our very first meeting.

You don’t want to get married before you even date someone right?! The same is trie when choosing your family law lawyer.

Family Law Lawyer, Val Hemminger in British ColumbiaVal Hemminger

Choosing your family law lawyer is a very important decision and we want you to feel great about your decision BEFORE you retain us!

This is why we start our relationship with you with your initial family lawyer consultation done the Pathway Legal way.  

You want to make sure that we are a good fit for you, and of course, we want to make sure you are a great it for us.

At Pathway Legal we do not agree to represent every client, so it is important we get to know you, and you to know us!

What We Will Cover at Your Family Lawyer Consultation

When you first meet with us, you may have a lot of questions. Because every family is different when going through a separation or divorce, your questions can be about anything in a very broad range of topics. For example, your questions might be about:

  • Amicable divorce
  • Full custody v Sole custody 
  • How to prepare for a divorce
  • How does legal separation work

We will provide brief overview of family law and how family law impacts your rights and your obligations. At this meeting, we will recommend a course of action. If you decide to hire us to represent you, we will also discuss the scope and cost involved in any future work.

The initial consultation fee for Val Hemminger is $495 (plus applicable taxes) totalling $554.40.

The initial consultation fee for associate lawyers for your family lawyer consultation is $395 (plus applicable taxes) totaling $442.40.

At Pathway Legal we are transparent about our billing practices, so we want you to know exactly how much you will be paying.

Because we give so much value for your initial family lawyer consultation, unlike most law firms, you invest in our services right from the start. 

Oh, and if you are not impressed with the initial family lawyer consultation, you can have your money back! You read that right.

Money Back Guarantee!

We are so confident in how much you will be impressed by us, that if you are not completely satisfied with us and the value you obtained for your initial client consultation you can have your money back! No questions asked!

We accept payment by debit, credit card, Interac e-transfer, and, of course, retainer.

What to Bring to Your Family Lawyer Consultation:

The more prepared you are for your first meeting, the more you will get out of it.

Many people email us their materials in advance and we LOVE that. Lawyers love to see the documents that tell your story. So, for this reason we ask that you bring:

  • Your most 3 recent income tax returns and notices of assessment
  • All previous court orders and agreements 
  • Previous affidavits if there are any
  • A chronology of events (a timeline of when you met, got married, dates of birth of kids, etc. -- also anything else significant that might have happened that you think might be relevant). 

How to Book Your Initial Client Consultation:

To book a consultation with one of our lawyers, please email us at reception@pathwaylegal. ca.

You can also call, email us, or book your online appointment here.

When you contact us, we will send to you a brief client information form that the lawyer will review in advance of your meeting. That way we will use our time effectively so that we can get right to giving you the advice you need and start recommending the best course of action. We cover A LOT of ground in that first hour.

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