Thoroughly Explain Fees and Put Retainer in Writing

Anna Wong

One of the things lawyers look forward to least, short of having the their fees wholly ignored and unpaid, is having their fees challenged by clients.

Ontario’s Solicitors Act sets out a process for a lawyer’s account to be assessed by an assessment officer of the Superior Court of Justice. Section 3 entitles a client to requisition an assessment where: (a) the retainer is not disputed; (b) there are no special circumstances; and (c) the requisition is made within one month of the delivery of the bill.

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Thoroughly Explain Fees and Put Retainer in Writing