Many people are surprised at the conclusion of their lawsuit when they receive a bill from their lawyer that is much higher than they expected. If you receive a bill from your lawyer that you believe is unfair, there is a process in place to address your concerns called an assessment hearing.
In the past year, we have attended many settlement meetings, mediations (settlement meeting with a third neutral person) and pre-trials (settlement meeting with a judge). In each case, we spent a considerable amount of time with our client beforehand preparing a draft settlement agreement. In 97% of our matters, we have found that attending any form of settlement meeting with a prepared settlement agreement to share with the other side assists with negotiating the settlement. Here’s why.
Suhuyini Abudulai was born in Accra, Ghana. She spent the first few years of her life in a city called Manzini in Swaziland. At eight, her family moved to Guelph, Ont., and later on, Wolfville, N.S.
So far in this series of articles we’ve discussed a variety of the steps in the litigation process including the preparation of the Statement of Claim and the Statement of Defence, discoveries, and mediation.
You’ve become involved in a legal dispute. You’ve hired a lawyer to represent you. What exactly can you expect from your lawyer? Can a lawyer be helpful to you even if a formal lawsuit hasn’t started yet?