Serving the
Disability Community

"Be silent, if you choose; but when necessary, speak -- and speak in such a way that people will remember it."
~ Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


Legal FeeaAccess to justice is a significant issue in the disability community.

As much as possible, I will be offering reasonable flat fee arrangements that will allow clients to know up front what their legal fees will be. Consider it not pro bono, but relatively low bono legal service.


Creative Fee Arrangements

Some law firms only offer one method of billing for their services, and that may work for them; however, I recognize that providing legal services is not a “one size fits all” approach.

MMC Legal Services offers flexible pricing and creative fee arrangements that will depend upon the specific circumstances of each case, i.e., fixed fee, contingency fee, hourly fee or blended fee. Unlike many law firms, I often offer fixed fees to handle an entire case or to perform particular tasks [see the Unbundled Legal Services tab, above.

Types of fees:

  • Consultation FeesMy initial consult fee is $150.00 + HST (yes, sadly, lawyers must collect HST like all other businesses) and I will spend as much time as necessary to provide you with the information you require to decide on next steps. I will also “check in” with you to ensure you are aware of other unrelated legal issues that could effect you and offer information on government services that you may not be aware of.

    Should you choose to retain me on the initial issue within the next three months, that fee will be credited back on your first invoice.

  • Contingency Fee – A contingency fee arrangement means that you only pay lawyer fees if there is a recovery of money on your case, in which case an agreed upon percentage of that recovery (along with any disbursements I have incurred on your behalf) will be deducted before your share is received.
  • Retainers – A retainer will be required for any matters going beyond a consultation.
  • Fixed Fees – As much as possible, I will quote you a “fixed” fee before work is begun.
  • Fee for Time – When it is not possible to estimate the amount of time and effort required, fees are charged on an hourly basis. My standard hourly rate is $125.00.
  • Disbursements – Disbursements are any payments I make to a third party on your behalf, such as court filing fees. These payments are charged in addition to the fee. You will only pay what I pay to the third party.
  • Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) – As noted above, HST will be charged at the rate of 15% for all services.


I will work extremely hard on your case, but regardless of the legal issues involved, no            lawyer can ever guarantee the outcome of any matter.

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