I realized I’ve been very quiet lately and thought I should let you know what I’ve been up to. In January of 2015, while no one was watching, I opened The New Family Law Center in downtown London Ontario.
It’s a unique concept that I’ve been thinking about for a long time. I wanted to be able to answer the previously unanswerable and very reasonable question that potential family law clients ask ~ How long is this going to take and what is it going to cost?
In a family law firm, there’s no way to answer that question. I don’t know who opposing Counsel will be, how attentive they will be, what path the case will take since there’s no set procedure for each case to follow, and I don’t know how much time I will need to put into it or how many months it will take to get things done. To me, this is highly unsatisfactory.
I realized that the only way to iron out these wrinkles is to somehow get both spouses and both lawyers committed in advance to follow a structured and peaceful path. A lawyer is not allowed to represent both spouses under any circumstances in a family law firm (it’s a conflict of interest), so I had to set up The New Family Law Center Service Company to create a solution. I set up a panel of very experienced lawyers each with decades of experience, so each spouse is represented by entirely independent Counsel. Everyone is on the same page with the procedure to follow, the time line, a flat fee structure, and a code of conduct that applies to both Counsel and to the clients as well. I even provide both spouses with video wellness programming on stress reduction created by a Psychologist. This video explains things in more detail (just click on the Play button to watch it):
Now, a couple who is separating finally has an option to both commit to a more peaceful process, and to help ensure that they both emerge emotionally and financially intact. We follow a structured 3 step process that takes only 16 weeks to complete, you each have a lawyer working for you from start to finish, and one flat fee payment covers it all. Now I can finally look people in the eye and tell them how long this is going to take and what it is going to cost. This makes me very happy indeed.
You may reach me at The New Family Law Center by calling 519 660-6352.
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