How much will a consultation cost?
At O’Connor Richardson, we offer each prospective client a free 30 minute initial consultation. We find that 30 minutes is enough for most initial consultations. If you need additional time, we may charge for it at our normal hourly rate – payable by credit card, debit card or cheque.
What does the initial consultation include?
We use the half-hour free consultation to listen to your case and determine how we can help you. We cannot review documents or offer legal advice until we have been properly retained.
Where are your offices?
Our Toronto office is conveniently located at 80 Bloor Street West, near the Bay Street and Bloor Street intersection. We encourage clients to take the subway to our office which is directly above the Bay Station on the Bloor Line (Green Line 2). We are also close to the Museum and St. George stations on University Line (Yellow Line 1), and the Bloor station on the Yonge Line (Yellow Line 1).
For clients who drive, there is parking available at 62 Yorkville Avenue, Manulife Center, and at 37 Yorkville Avenue. These parking lots are close to our office.
Our Hamilton office is located at 1 Hunter Street East, at the corner of Hunter Street and James Street South, across the street from the Hamilton Go Centre.
There is ample street parking available.
Can I have my initial consultation by telephone?
We prefer to meet clients the first time we speak with them; however, we know that telephone consultations are sometimes more convenient. For urgent matters or for clients who have difficulty coming to our office, we can arrange a telephone consultation.
The Law Society requires us to meet each client in person before accepting a retainer.
Can I bring somebody with me to a consultation?
Many prospective clients feel more comfortable at their initial consultation if they come with a relative, a friend, or a business partner. We are happy to accommodate anybody who is accompanying you.
We will explain the legal implications of having a third party attend the consultation.
Do you take cases on contingency?
Yes, but we only take some cases on contingency. These cases on contingency relate to personal injury like slip and falls, dog bites, or wrongful dismissal claims.
In contingency case that we do not bill our expenses or recover our fees until and unless you win. We then take a percentage of the settlement or judgment award.
Do you offer flat fee packages?
Yes. We offer flat fee packages for certain services including contracts, demand letters, legal opinions and independent legal advice. Additional time would be billed at our normal hourly rates.
We also offer capped fee packages for litigation services. Under these packages, we outline the services we will provide and the maximum we would bill for those services.
Do you offer partial retainers?
Absolutely. We will break down our services to suit your needs.
If you only need us to review your court documents, to provide an opinion or to conduct legal research, we can do that. If you only need us to represent you at a particular stage in your lawsuit, we can do that too.
When you meet with us we will discuss the package that is appropriate for your needs and budget.
Partial retainers are an effective way to reduce the overall cost of litigation.
Can I book an appointment outside of business hours?
Our Toronto and Hamilton offices are open Monday to Friday between 9:00am and 5:00pm.
We take all reasonable steps to accommodate our clients and we can book meetings outside business hours at our Toronto office, if necessary.
We prefer to have our initial consultations during business hours.
Do you accept collect calls?
Do you accept debit card or credit card payments?
Yes. You can pay a retainer or an account by debit card or credit card. We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and Interac.