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I Think My Spouse Owes Me An Equalization Payment; Can I Pay My Legal Fees When I Get That Money?: Contingency Fees and Family Law

June 25, 2019

There are numerous law firms advertising on television, radio, internet, and elsewhere that claim, “our lawyers only get paid when you get paid” or “no fees unless we win”, or otherwise offer some arrangement where the lawyer’s fees are taken out of any settlement or court judgment obtained. These fees are referred to as “contingency fees”, since the amount payable to the lawyer is “contingent” (that is, it depends) on winning and, typically, also on the size of the settlement or judgment (since contingency fees are often a percentage of…

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Can my Ex and I use a “Do-It-Yourself” Separation Agreement template we found online?

May 17, 2019

Just as there are many “do-it-yourself” kits for Wills and Powers of Attorney available, there are a number of websites that offer templates for Separation Agreements. Often these are advertised as being free to use and some claim to take only 5-10 minutes to complete. Just fill in the blanks and in a few minutes, you’re good to go – with no legal fees and no delay. With such a minimal investment of time and money involved, it may be tempting to rely on one of these templates. There are,…

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FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE – WE KNOW IT’S A PAIN, BUT HERE’S WHY YOU SHOULD DO IT

April 25, 2019

For many clients, the thought of producing financial disclosure in a family law matter is overwhelming and kind of a pain. Nevertheless, financial disclosure is the most important part of the process when dealing with issues of child support, spousal support and property division. What is Financial Disclosure? In any family case involving financial issues, both parties should exchange full financial disclosure. The basics of this are: A sworn and completed financial statement (whether in court or not). A blank financial statement can be found here at http://ontariocourtforms.on.ca/en/family-law-rules-forms/. Please note…

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3 MORE COMMON FAMILY LAW AND DIVORCE MYTHS

April 03, 2019

In a previous article, we addressed some common myths about separation and divorce. Here, we will address some additional misconceptions: 3 Myths Myth 1: “I have to file for legal separation.” It is very common for people to come to us and say that they want to file for legal separation. However, when you and your partner or spouse separate, there is actually nothing to be filed to confirm that change in status.  Even if you and your ex ultimately negotiate a Separation Agreement, you are not required to file…

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