What are Disbursements?
Disbursements are expenses incurred by us on your
behalf in the handling of your file. These will be clearly itemized on
your bill and are usually subject to HST. Disbursements may include, but
are not restricted to:
- Filing fees charged by courts, registry
- Taxes charged by governments (e.g. Land
- Transcript costs
- Photocopying and facsimile costs
- Long distance charges
- Computer research services
- Courier services
- Mail costs
- Charges for service of documents
Is a Retainer Required?
is often required before legal services are provided. Due to the Law
Society of Upper Canada rules, all retainers must be provided by cheque or
cash and Interac cannot be used. A retainer is held
in a non-interest bearing account and will be drawn upon to pay legal fees
and disbursements. The retainer may need to be replenished from time to
time and any outstanding amount will be returned to the client once the
work is completed. It is important to note that the original retainer is
not to be viewed as an estimate of costs for the completion of the work.
How Often Are Clients Billed?
Ongoing matters are usually billed monthly. Other matters are
billed on completion or when significant costs have been incurred on the
file. Each account is final when rendered, for work done up to the date on
the account, or to the date of the last time entry noted on the account,
whichever date is the later.
What are Clients’ Rights Regarding
Disputing an Account?
If a client has concerns regarding the
fairness of an account, we ask that he/she first discuss these concerns
with the lawyer involved in their file. If further action is required, the
client has a right to have the account assessed under the Solicitor’s