Frequently Asked Questions

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General

What is a retainer agreement?

A retainer agreement is a written contract that establishes the scope of work and the terms that set out your relationship between you and the lawyer. These usually include:

  • The level of authority to act on the client’s behalf
  • The lawyer’s billable hourly rate
  • Disbursements - fees that are paid for by the law firm to reimbursed by the client (e.g. filing fees, photocopies, couriers)
  • What happens if either party terminates the working relationship
 

What does it mean to put my money into a 'trust account'?

For any monies that go into trust, the funds are held in a separate bank account on behalf of the client until the funds are authorized to be withdrawn. Every law firm has a legal obligation to keep client’s trust funds secure and separate from the law firm’s general funds.

Do I need to come into the office in order to retain you, or receive legal services?

We are required to identify and/or verify the identity of our clients. It is preferable for clients to meet with us at our offices; however, if clients are not able to physically meet with us, we can make alternative arrangements.

What does it mean to 'retain a lawyer'?

By retaining a lawyer, you are agreeing to pay the lawyer an agreed upon fee to secure his/her legal services and act on your behalf on a particular legal matter.

Do you charge for legal consultations?

As a courtesy to our clients, the first consultation up to 15 minutes is free pertaining to all legal business matters (except immigration and litigation matters). Any additional time required for legal counsel will be billed based on the individual lawyer's hourly rate. However, this does not apply to requests for legal advice, which are billed. This is solely to determine if the client wishes to work with the lawyer, and to determine if the law firm can meet the clients needs.

What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept cash, cheque, and credit card payments (Visa and Mastercard only).

Incorporation

Is There a Difference Between Ltd and Inc Named Companies?

My accountant offered to incorporate my business. Should I do it?

Trademarks

Why should I register for a trademark?

Should I trademark my name before incorporating?

I registered my business name, isn’t that a trademark?

Can I trademark a logo and a wordmark on the same application?

Wills & Estates

Why is it important to have a will?

How risky are do-it-yourself wills?

Why do I need an estate plan?

Legal Disclaimer

The questions and answers posted on this site are provided for informational purposes only and are not intended and should not be considered as legal advice for your particular matter. By reading this FAQ, no attorney-client relationship is created between you and the attorneys at Patrola Law Corporation.

For specific answers to your questions, please contact us at (778)-565-4700 to schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys.

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