Legal Processes – Frequently Asked Questions
Practicing family law for over 20 years in Langley and Surrey.
At Dreyer Davison Lawyers LLP, we aim to provide our clients with the up-to-date information about the legal process. Contact our team of experienced lawyers today or browse the answers to our frequently asked questions below to learn more about the legal process and our commitment to family law in Surrey, Langley and the rest of the Lower Mainland.
The legal process is constantly changing and our team of family law lawyers work hard to ensure that all of your questions are answered. From the start to the end of your family law case, Dreyer Davison will be there to ensure that you understand all aspects of the legal process.
Legal Process Frequently Asked Questions
How much will my fees be?
The answer to this question is impossible to predict. Dreyer Davison Lawyers LLP bills at $300 per hour. Adding to this are most disbursements (postage, photocopying and so on) as well as 12% PST/GST. Fixing a family law issue is not the same as fixing a car. Most of the cost is decided by the conduct of you and related parties in the case. If you want to “fight” every issue in court, your legal fees could be tens of thousands of dollars. If you can settle all issues through mediation and compromise then your family law legal process fees may very well be in the thousands of dollars. For every hour that you argue, you spend $300 of your hard-earned money. That’s why we try a non-adversarial, mediation-oriented approach to your family law situation. Only when absolutely necessary do we bring a matter to court.
How do I hire Dreyer Davison Family Lawyers?
Upon hiring (retaining) Dreyer Davison Lawyers, you will be asked to pay us a retainer. This is a sum of money that is used to secure our services. You will receive a retainer letter which will outline your legal relationship with Dreyer Davison Lawyers. You should review the retainer letter carefully and you have the legal right to have another lawyer review the letter. Once you have signed the retainer letter and provided a retainer, we can begin working to solve your family law issues.
How do I get billed and how are my accounts paid?
File during a billing period. Your account will be paid from your retainer. When the retainer is below $1,000, we will ask for a further retainer. If you have an outstanding account, we will do no further work on your file until such time as your account is brought current. Whatever amount of your retainer is left after we solve your family law issue is returned to you. If you have a question about your account, don’t hesitate to contact us.
Will my family law matter go to trial?
Whether your family law matter goes to trial depends on you and your spouse. Dreyer Davison Lawyers will encourage you to settle to avoid expensive, time-consuming court battles. However, if no settlement can be reached through negotiation or mediation, then your family law matter will have to go to trial.
If my matter goes to trial, will a jury decide my case?
No. In British Columbia, juries do not hear and decide matrimonial matters.
Do I need to attend every court appearance?
No. Some court appearances do not require your presence. However, some do. If you hire us, your BC family lawyer will let you know when and where to attend. We’ll attend with you.