We recommend that you:
- write your questions down on the intake form as well;
- bring a copy of any potentially relevant documents with you to the meeting; and
- make sure all your questions and documents are organized and easy for you to refer to.
Please read this blog to better prepare yourself before your meeting: Top 3 ways to get the most value out of your lawyer
Most initial consultations can be concluded within 30 minutes. However, if the initial consultation lasts longer than 30 minutes, you should understand that you will be billed for any additional time in six-minute increments at the attending lawyer’s regular hourly rate. We welcome your questions about the attending lawyer’s regular hourly rate either at the time the initial consultation is scheduled or at beginning of the initial consultation. Please note that reviewing lengthy documents, or a large amount of documents is not part of the free 30-minute initial consultation.
Whether you are doing an in-person consultation in our office, a virtual consultation from home, or getting our advice over the telephone, the Law Society requires us to gather personal information before we provide legal advice. We do not disclose your personal information to the Law Society, but we are audited to ensure that we collect personal information from all potential clients. Your personal information and the fact that you have sought legal advice is protected by solicitor-client privilege. We only disclose your personal information if we are subsequently retained by you and then we only disclose your personal information to the extent necessary to represent your interests and as required by law. We will require you to provide us with identification issued by the government, e.g., Driver’s license, Passport, Social Insurance No., Business License No., Healthcare Number., etc.
Remember that the information you provide to us and the legal advice we provide to you is protected by “solicitor-client privilege”. This means that information provided for the predominant purpose of giving or receiving legal advice is private and confidential as between us. With very few exceptions, we are bound by a professional obligation not to disclose to anyone the information you provide to us or the advice we give to you. Only you can waive this privilege. If you discuss with a third-party the information you provide to us or the legal advice we give to you (other than your spouse who cannot be compelled to disclose information shared between the two of you), this may constitute a waiver of solicitor-client privilege. Accordingly, it is in your best interests to maintain the confidentiality of the information you provided to us and the legal advice we gave to you. You can be assured, we will!
All of us at the Labour Rights Law Office thank you for entrusting us with the opportunity to provide you with legal advice. We look forward to meeting with you and, if necessary, to working together with you towards a satisfactory resolution.
If you would like to have a virtual consultation over web conference, there is some technical items you will need to sort out well before we talk. These are set out below.