Frequently asked questions

  • Extensive experience in dealing with complex family law issues
  •  Timely responses to client communication
  •  Negotiate meaningful and practical resolutions, while minimizing cost (financial and emotional)
  • Take time to develop a positive rapport and trust with clients, so they feel heard
  • Offer options in alternative dispute resolution, such as collaborative family law
Yes, we provide free half hour consultations to broadly discuss the issues in your case, potential outcomes, and the estimated cost. If, at the end of the consultation, you decide to retain MFL’s services, you will be presented with a retainer agreement for your review and consideration. Once the retainer agreement is signed and the retainer fee is paid, we will begin to work on your file.

Given the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, most of our consultations are conducted via telephone or Zoom, at this time. If you decide to retain MFL’s services, you will only be required to attend in-person meetings to the extent that it is necessary. A vast majority of the work will be conducted virtually, with necessary information/documents shared via email.

Understandably, this question is at the top of every potential client’s mind. However, the cost of your matter will vary greatly depending on the number of issues, the complexity of the issues, how often you wish to be kept apprised of your matter, how prepared you are for meetings with your lawyer, whether court proceedings will be/have been commenced, and the overall willingness of each party to reach a mutually agreed upon settlement. At MFL, we work closely with our clients to ensure maximum efficiency, while minimizing cost. You will receive detailed invoices (bi-weekly or monthly) so that you are consistently kept apprised of the costs associated with your matter.

This is also a very common question that clients have, and the short answer is “yes.” Whenever lawyers communicate with their clients (whether by telephone/email or at in-person meetings) about substantive issues in their matter, the client is billed for the lawyer’s time spent. If the subject matter is simply procedural (e.g., scheduling meetings), the time spent is not billable.