What we won’t do
Sub-rule 3.1-1(b) of the Law Society of Ontario Rules of Professional Conduct says that being a competent lawyer includes:
“investigating facts, identifying issues, ascertaining client objectives, considering possible options, and developing and advising the client on appropriate courses of action.”
To keep your costs down, your Family Law Coach lawyer won’t do all of this. She or he will rely on the facts you provide and not do other “investigating” unless you agree to the cost. If you want full-service attention to your matter, instead of just getting the help you want and can afford, you should hire a full-service, traditional, lawyer to take over your case and handle it for you.
THIS IS IMPORTANT
To help keep your costs down, we believe that you can a lot of things for yourself and can choose what you want your Family law Coach lawyer to do. Your lawyer won’t spend your time, or charge you, to do each of those things in sub-rule 3.1-1(b) unless you specifically ask. This means that your lawyer may not discover something that might change the assistance and advice being given to you. Your lawyer will be relying entirely on the information you give them.
In exchange, you agree that if any problem arises because your Coach lawyer doesn’t do any of the activities in sub-rule 3.1-1(b), you won’t hold the lawyer, or The Family Law Coach, or anyone associated with them, liable. You won’t sue the lawyer or The Family Law Coach or anyone else for anything, or claim negligence, because any of the activities in sub-rule 3.1-1(b) weren’t completed.