Limited Retainer Agreements in Canada

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The cost of a divorce or separation in Ontario is highly prohibitive. A family law matter might require a lawyer to draft letters, affidavits, gather evidence, and prepare a factum among other things. This is not even including the time and cost associated with litigating an issue in court. These things, obviously, take time. As things take more time, they obviously become more expensive as well. One solution lawyers have been experimenting with is limited retainer agreements. Such agreements allow a lawyer to complete a specific task in a client’s file, such as drafting a document, without becoming the lawyer’s representative for the entire matter. These agreements can allow an individual who perhaps cannot afford to retain a lawyer for their entire matter, at least receive some legal advice on a specific topic.

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