Online LawyerI offer online legal services for self-representing clients in a range of administrative and civil litigation in Ontario, Canada. Legal services include litigation assessments (opinions) and litigation support.
To talk to me about your case on a preliminary basis:
* Emails not meeting these requirements may be ignored. *
- send a photo (.jpeg, .png or .gif, no .pdfs) of your driver's license, passport or other approved I.D. (ask); and
- include the phrase "cleopatra rules" in your email, to signify that you agree with the following statement:
I agree that any preliminary discussions I have with the lawyer Simon Shields are for the purpose of considering whether I want to hire him for legal services. Until such time as we enter into a contract for legal services at an agreed fee, our communications do not constitute legal advice and I remain responsible for my own legal affairs. By these preliminary legal discussions I incur no fee or charge to myself.
- 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 case-related communications is covered by solicitor-client privilege, even if you do not hire me for services.
- Case narratives: you don't have to send one in the first email, but a case narrative will help me understand your case, and I will probably want it later anyway. This is a preliminary, chronologically-organized narrative of your situation that includes key dates and events, to a maximum of 500 words. 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 case would be useful.
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FAQs1. Do you offer legal representation services?
No, due to physical injuries I am limited in ambulation. All my services are by email, and you continue to represent yourself.
2. What are your rates?
Each case is different. I review the case, and then quote a flat-rate fee for work that I think the case needs. Flat-rate means a lump sum fee, not an hourly rate. All fees require prepayment and are HST-free. No refunds. Payment is preferred by Interac. Paypal is available (you can use a credit card) but I add Paypal charges to the fee, and services may be delayed (sometimes days) until fees clear to my bank. I don't start working until the agreed fee is received in my bank.
3. Can I speak with you on the phone?
No, for two reasons. First, I have a speech handicap that make practicing law difficult in that medium. Also, speech is transient and easily forgotten, whereas email provides a permanent verbatim record of our communications so we can both verify what was said, which is so important in law.