SERVICES

We perform many services in addition to the ones listed here. We use state of the art technology. You can leave a message for us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. (We undertake to return all calls within 1 business day.) Our use of modern technology allows us to operate with great efficiency. Our office decor is humble, but cheery. All of these "low overhead" factors allow us to keep our costs of carrying on business to an absolute minimum yet still make a reasonable profit.

   

The prices listed are not "etched in stone". We look to the Toronto Lawyers Association's suggested Fee Schedule for guidance and thus before rendering a bill, we take into consideration such factors as: the time and effort required and spent; the difficulty and importance of the matter; whether special skill or service has been required and provided; the amount involved or the value of the subject matter; the results obtained; fees authorized by statute or regulation or suggested fee schedule of a lawyers' association; such special circumstances as loss of other retainers, postponement of payment, uncertainty of reward or urgency.   

 

I work by appointment only (since I act as a Mediator as well as sitting [part-time] as an Adjudicator on the Consent and Capacity Board, there are many hours when I am not in the office). At your initial consultation we will discuss your particular situation and explore in a preliminary manner what your alternatives are. The extent of our legal services will be explained to you, as well as an estimate of what they will cost and how long they will take. When you need us, please phone or eMail us to arrange for an appointment (eMail is always preferable, since I take portable technological devices with me when I am out of the office and can check my eMail regularly). We will try to see you as soon as possible. Please only book an appointment time that you are 100% certain that you can keep. Our appointments are "etched in stone" and (barring an emergency) we never cancel them. I book many engagements outside of my private law practice (such as mediating, adjudicating, arbitration, etc.), sometimes up to 9 months in advance. When I book an appointment with you to meet at my law office, I lose the opportunity to accept such other engagements. If you cancel our appointment, the resulting "opportunity cost" is the lost income I could have earned, but for your cancellation.

 

I also work by advance retainer/deposit only. Before I provide you with any legal services, I must be so retained. The advance retainer cheque (I also accept Visa, MasterCard, AmEx, debit cards, etc.) is evidence of such retainer and acts as advance payment towards the first bill that I will provide to you in due course.

 

In real estate and commercial matters all monies necessary to complete the transactions (including legal fees and disbursements) must be paid prior to closing. Likewise, in estates matters Certificates of Appointment of Estate Trustee (formerly known as "Letters Probate") shall not be released until our final invoice has been paid in full. On matters that take longer than one month to complete, we bill on an interim basis. Accounts are payable when rendered. Interest is chargeable in accordance with the Solicitors' Act on overdue accounts

We are conveniently located half-way between the Chester and Pape TTC subway stops.

NOTES:

1. Costs do not include HST or out-of-pocket expenses incurred by us on your behalf and rates are subject to change without notice.

2. We require 24 hours' notice to change or cancel an appointment, including a scheduled telephone conversation, failing which a $ 100.00 {1/4 hour at our hourly rate of $400} service charge will be charged.

P.S.: please feel free to make copies of this price list and give to whomever you wish. We always welcome new clients and are grateful for referrals. Thank you.

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Joseph Anthony (Tony) Baker -- Lawyer, Mediator & Estate Trustee
500 Danforth Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M4K 1P6
Phone: (416) 463-4411-- Fax: (416) 463-4562 -- eMail: tbaker1952@aol.com