Individual Evaluation: $1,000 – $1,500 + HST
Couple’s Evaluation: $1,500 – $2,000 + HST
A Case Evaluation helps you:
Understand the strengths and weaknesses of both sides
Decide if a mediated agreement without a lawyer is fair
Determine the grounds for settlement
Who’s this for?
A case evaluation is for individual self-reps who want strategic advice about their case. If you’re part way into a court proceeding and there are documents from both sides, a case evaluation can give you strategic insights on the strengths and weaknesses of both sides. The service is useful for individuals who want to:
- Understand what facts and arguments will have the greatest impact on a judge
- Understand whether a mediated agreement is fair
- Feel prepared for court or mediation
A neutral case evaluation is also for couples, who want to discuss their options outside of court. It’s useful for couples who want to:
- Understand whether the matter can be settled outside of court
- Discuss a potential agreement from home
- Understand the strengths and weaknesses of both sides
The case evaluation process is neutral, fully transparent, and will include insights about what to expect if the matter goes to court. Each party sees the other side’s material and your experienced family law lawyer facilitates a 3-way telephone call to discuss the matter. Everything said is completely confidential and nothing can be used or referred to if the matter continues to court.
The experienced lawyer providing the evaluation for couples isn’t acting as a mediator. The process is neutral and one party may be more pleased with the evaluation than the other. This service is intended to help each side understand how a judge might see their case. It’s a voluntary, non-binding service.
You can also request that your lawyer may prepare a legal Separation Agreement.
Your lawyer will read the materials you submit and set up a call with you (and the other side if applicable). During the call, the lawyer will speak openly and frankly about the strengths and weaknesses of each side and offer an opinion about what results to expect if the matter goes to trial.
Your experienced lawyer has years of experience with family court and understands how judges make decisions. A neutral evaluation is like having a private judge who will give a non-binding decision. It’s much quicker and cost-effective than going through a trial to get a judge’s opinion.
NOTE: A neutral evaluation by an experienced lawyer doesn’t bind a judge and any final decision in court will depend on the evidence the parties give and the presentations they make.