While we don’t practice criminal law at K. Cowan Law, we do practice primarily in the area of Family Law. We offer both traditional litigation services and other forms of dispute resolution such as collaborative family law and mediation.
Our Scary Scarecrow, was inspired by Kanata’s recent trip to Alcatraz. This past Summer Kanata attended the American Bar Associations Annual conference of Bar Presidents in San Francisco as a delegate from the Hamilton Law Association as she is currently the Vice President.
I spent quite a bit of time this past Winter at Osgoode Hall Law School working on a certificate in Elder Law. We covered topics in this unique program such as, consent, capacity, substitute decision making, powers of attorney, financial planning, end of life decision making, elder abuse, and effective advocacy for the older adult. This program assists me in understanding unique challenges the older population faces when dealing with legal issues. We can better assist older people facing separation and divorce and planning estates.
Tips for Reducing Your Costs When Working With a Family Lawyer
Legal fees can escalate very quickly when dealing with a separation and divorce, however, there are a number of strategies that you can use to reduce your costs and lessen the strain on your financial resources.
Consult a Lawyer Early
You should seek out legal advice early prior to committing to any settlement or agreement. A family lawyer can explain to you your rights and obligations, as well as, various options available to you.
The more reasonable that you are, the less time that your lawyer will need to spend on your file. If you try to communicate with your ex in a constructive manner and you are able to work out simple issues first you will save money in the long run.
Communicate with your lawyer efficiently
Most family lawyers bill in six minute increments. Rather than sending three or four e-mails, it may be cost effective to schedule a telephone appointment to discuss issues. It is also important to deliver to your lawyer your paperwork in an organized fashion as it reduces the time that she will spend organizing the documents.
Seek Counselling to Deal with your Grief
While lawyers have often seen and heard it all and can be compassionate, it is more cost effective for you to seek the support of a counsellor for your emotional issues. Counsellors are trained to give you solutions and may even be covered by your extended health benefit plans.
Consider “Unbundled Services”
If you are unable to afford the full services of a lawyer, you may still be able to consult with a lawyer and use services on a pay per use agreement. We can give advice, draft documents and coach you through the process while staying behind the scenes.
Yesterday, the first “Will Party” of 2018 was hosted in Hamilton. This is sort of like a tupperware party but instead as a lawyer I take instructions from each of the invitees to prepare their Wills and Powers of Attorney.
How it works is you invite a bunch of your friends who are in need of a New Will and Power of Attorney. I know this is something that everyone puts off but everyone needs. You provide the drinks and munchies and a private room for me to meet with everyone separately. I am able to take instructions from each of the party goers to prepare their Wills. We can then have a signing party or they can stop by my office to sign all of the documents.
Benefits of attending the party- Obviously, you get to spend time with your friends, they will be providing nibbles and drinks. You will be able to meet with a lawyer to take instructions from you in order to prepare a Will and Powers of Attorney. It is also convenient as you do not have to take time off from work to meet.
What does it cost? A simple Will and two powers of Attorney per person costs $500 plus tax. If you provide more complicated instructions the price will increase but we can talk about that when we meet.
What do you need to do? Get a host to book a party!!!
Show up at the party with two pieces of identification. I will need to take a picture of your ID. (I cannot take a health card) Driver’s license, passport, library card, credit card, bank card are all acceptable.
Once the party is booked, I will send a form to the host to distribute. You can work on the form the best that you can. This will give me a head start when we first meet, so I can be very efficient and will have time to meet everyone.
After our meeting, I will prepare the documents at my office. The draft documents will be e-mailed to you so that you can approve them. You can then arrange a follow up party to sign the documents or you can book an appointment at my office to sign the documents another day if that is more convenient for you.
If you have any questions please call me, Kanata Cowan, at 289 895 7777
On Friday November 17, 2017 I was thrilled to accept the Flamborough Review 2017 Reader’s Choice Award for Best Lawyer. Thank you to all those who have voted and to all of our clients for valuing the service that we provide. We hope that 2018 will be an amazing year too!