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Old 04-04-2017, 02:15 PM
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Would a lawyer accept to take a case to trial and conclusion no matter what on the basis that there is a fixed max reasonable budget (10,000$) but they are obliged to properly represent all the way to a final hearing. Talking brampton type region....
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Would a lawyer accept to take a case to trial and conclusion no matter what on the basis that there is a fixed max reasonable budget (10,000$) but they are obliged to properly represent all the way to a final hearing. Talking brampton type region....
No. I have never heard of one that would. (One that is reputable and not a sham.)
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Come on man you're hiring a Family Law lawyer - not a contractor to install a new kitchen and deck in your house. Though it would be nice if Family Law lawyers worked like contractors.
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Though it would be nice if Family Law lawyers worked like contractors.
Do you mean the part where the Small Claims docket is filled with people suing their contractors for not doing the work? Or limited retainers?

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Would a lawyer accept to take a case to trial and conclusion no matter what on the basis that there is a fixed max reasonable budget (10,000$) but they are obliged to properly represent all the way to a final hearing.
Maybe, depending on:
- the issues/work involved
- if you are willing to leave the running of the case in their hands
- $10k isn't getting you through a trial, but if the number were higher - maybe.

If that is your budget consider trying to settle. Another option would be to find a lawyer who takes legal aid cases and see if they will maintain that rate for trial. You are not going to get the Cadillac but you might find the used Honda runs pretty well. Or is a lemon.
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Do you mean the part where the Small Claims docket is filled with people suing their contractors for not doing the work? Or limited retainers?
Neither really. Just a generalized statement. But to your question, lawyers (not all) accounts get assessed all the time. I could see those lawyers being on the docket list for not doing their work. Allow me to rephrase, if lawyers could set realistic expectations and know how much work is involved and how much it could cost, that would be great, instead of the whole yeah yeah you've got a case and a half $9000 and I'll get you all of this. $35,000 later the lawyer is still running around in circles trying to find her socks. That was just my old lawyer tho, I cut her final account in half. The new lawyers good - he's actually restored my faith in the legal profession.

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Neither really. Just a generalized statement. But to your question ...
It was a joke.
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Well I suppose it's great for a lawyer to give you a quote but how do you deal with that when the other side is unreasonable? If a trial should cost you $35,000 and the other side delays and delays and delays, you're going to owe your lawyer more because they have had to go to court a dozen times rather than the 2 trips is should have taken.

Compare again to a contractor. They quote you for a Reno but then open up your walls and discover a electrical nightmare, leaking pipes, unsteady supports etc, their price will go up.


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Yeah that one clicked in a little late.
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They quote you for a Reno but then open up your walls and discover a electrical nightmare, leaking pipes, unsteady supports etc, their price will go up.


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That's their problem not yours. They either finish the job or you hire a new contractor to finish it and sue them for the difference. But that brings us back to this discussion we are already having. Would a lawyer.. yeah let's just stop going in circles.

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Old 04-04-2017, 09:34 PM
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Obviously settling would be ideal but assuming the other party is just dragging out as much as possible what can a lawyer do to just get to trial and skip all the useless stuff. Most of the things you are saying Orleans are on the table (more money,. Manage the case, depending on complexity)
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