FAQ

What do I need to bring with me to my first appointment?

Please bring two pieces of identification with you. We will be required to verify who we are providing legal advice to. One piece of identification will need to have your photograph. The second piece of identification will need to have your name and signature. 

Please also bring along any documents that you feel may be relevant for your lawyer to review. As we do not know the details of your matter yet, it is hard to recommend specific documents. Generally in family matters, please bring along your marriage certificate, relevant statements showing assets and debts, documents that relate to property owned either by yourself, your spouse, or jointly, and documents relating to your income.

What do I do if I cannot reach my lawyer?

Our lawyers work with many clients and maybe unreachable when in court or with another client. If you need to speak with your lawyer urgently, please call our office at 604-539-2103 and ask to speak to your lawyer’s assistant. The assistant may be able to provide you with the information you need or advise when you can expect an answer to your question from your lawyer. Please note that assistants will not be able to provide you with legal advice.

What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept Visa, Mastercard, personal cheques, bank drafts, and e-Transfers. At this time, we do not accept American Express, or cash payments.

How do I pay my retainer or outstanding account?

You are welcome to make a payment in person, over the phone, or by e-Transfer to our Bookkeeper, barb@ddfl.ca

What is a trust account?

When you pay your retainer, your money is stored in Dreyer Davison Family Lawyers trust account. We can also store the net sale proceeds from the sale of property pending agreement or court order on how to distribute the funds. A trust account is a special bank account with certain conditions attached to it related to how money can be withdrawn.

How much will my matter cost?

Each family matter is unique and the overall cost will depend on the route you decide to take, whether that be a collaborative approach such as mediation, or a litigious approach by having your matter heard by the courts. Your lawyer will do their best to provide a rough estimate, however, we can never guarantee an exact cost.

How do I make an appointment?

You can make an appointment by calling our receptionist at 604-539-2103, or by emailing our general email info@ddfl.ca

What are your office hours?

We are open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. We are closed on weekends and Statutory Holidays.

Is your office accessible?

Yes. Our office is accessible for those with mobility challenges given the elevator located in our building. If you have a specific concern related to accessibility, please call our office at 604-539-2103 and we will do our best to make you comfortable in our office.

How much do you charge?

We offer an initial 30-minute consultation for $30. After the initial consultation, our lawyers will bill at their hourly rates, which range from $210 per hour for junior lawyers to $450 per hour for senior lawyers.

Do I have to go to court?

Like everything in law, it depends. Your lawyer will recommend a specific course of action. However, it is usually up to you which course you take. In family law, it can be in your best interest to try and settle your matter outside of court. However, sometimes a just result cannot be achieved by agreement and court becomes necessary.

Do we accept Legal Aid contracts?

 Yes, we do. We ask that you please contact our office before Legal Aid issues the contract to us, or have your Legal Aid caseworker contact our office directly.