Email Consultations(For Non-Litigation Matters Only)
(minimum charge $200)
Caution:Email consultations are just what they sound like: online legal consultations.
Email consultations are not suited to matters that are already in litigation, nor to explore or advise on situations where litigation is an immanent or likely prospect. For such litigation situations see my litigation assessment service (aka 'opinion') and my litigation support (ongoing support through the stages of your litigation) services.
Typical matters in which I provide email consultations are contract/lease drafting or review, and assistance with ODSP and other administrative applications.
Given the many different situations in which the need for an email consultation may arise, the specific scope of services will be spelled out to you in each situation when I send you my fee quote.
I may limit the documents I review in an email consultation, and I may time-limit the period in which I will provide the consultation.
- Important Preliminaries
- First, check that your situation falls within my areas of practice. If I feel that your issue is outside of my experience, or for any other reason, I may decline to provide services.
- Everything we say to each other in the course of email consultation communications is covered by solicitor-client privilege, even if you do not later hire me for services.
- What I Need From You
- A Fact Narrative
This is a well-organized and concise narrative of your situation that includes key facts, dates and events. It should not be longer than 500 word (if I want to know more I will ask).
Please do not send any case-related documents until I specifically request them - though a chronological list of documents (dates, # of page, author, nature of document) related to the situation would be useful for me to select what documents I need to review.
- Mandatory Statement
I need you to complete this statement and send it to me by email:
Simon, I have read your email consultation webpage and am requesting a fee quote for that service in relation to the legal situation I have described to you in my narrative. My name is (insert first and last names). I am 18 years or older. I am not currently legally-represented in this matter. My address is (number and street/ town or city or rural route/postal code). My phone number is (........).Note:
The Rules of the Law Society of Ontario require that lawyers obtain basic ID information from clients, and that (except for second opinions) lawyers must not take on clients who are already represented. This ID information stays confidential with me alone and I will not phone you.
Fee Quote and Payment Terms
Email me at: Simon Shields, LLB
[If the link doesn't work, please write me with the required information and statement at email@example.com and put the phrase "Simon, Can we Talk About an Email Consultation?" in the subject line]