ONE SIZE DOES NOT FIT ALL
Excellent legal work. Prices that reflect results.
Nova Law has listened to what matters to our clients – budget certainty.
How it Works
1. Before you meet with us
You can either telephone or email us, or use our online calendar to make an appointment with us. Before you come meet with us, however, we ask that you fill out the online client intake form relevant to your issue. This helps us keep our fees low. We also strongly encourage you to make a list of everything you want to say and ask.
2. You meet with us
On your scheduled date, you meet with us and go over the specific facts of your matter. You must bring or have ready:
- the list of everything you want to say and ask;
- the most relevant documents (key asset documents, financial documents, any court documents, important correspondence); and
- two forms of valid government issued pictured ID (e.g. passport, driver’s licence)
3. We assess your case
We will review the relevant documents, and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of your case, if needed. This is necessary, for instance, when we are to negotiate separation agreements and/or marriage/cohabitation agreements on your behalf. It allows us to begin formulating an effective strategy to resolve your problem and enables us to begin the process of setting your reasonable expectations. We believe that you are only able to act reasonably throughout the course of a legal matter if we provide you with the knowledge you require to do so.
At this time, depending on the complexity of your matter, you decide whether you hire us based on a flat fee or hourly billing basis.
4. Choose the pricing model that suits you
We recognize that different clients prefer different billing arrangements. After consultation, we enter into an arrangement that is tailored to each client.
- Value Based Flat Fees
- Value Based Hourly Billing
- Customized Arrangements
Value Based Flat Fees
Flat fees encourage innovation and effectiveness, while deterring redundancy and inefficiency. Quality and effectiveness are more important to us, and ultimately to our clients, than the time we spend. Our flat fee model is simple – a set fee for an agreed-upon scope of work. This can be for the preparation of a specific document, or “unbundled” legal services, which allows our clients to choose the specific legal services they want.
Our flat fees include all disbursements and time spent on your file unless otherwise noted or agreed. We do not charge a separate fee for photocopying, faxing, and secretarial services.
Flat fees ensure that our clients know upfront how much their legal bill will be. There is no need for our clients to worry about how long a phone call or a meeting lasts because we are not billing based on our time. Our flat fees include all time spent on their file unless otherwise noted or agreed.
Please see our Value Based Flat Fees page for the types of services we will charge flat fees for.
Value Based Hourly Billing
For those clients who feel more comfortable paying on hourly basis, we still offer a modified traditional billable hour arrangement.
Our billable hourly arrangement is “modified” because we always “value-check” our accounts. This means that, in addition to ensuring that our account reflects the result achieved, we also evaluate whether the proposed account is reasonable, considering the amount at stake, the advice provided, whether the client agreed to proceed as advised, and the amount that the client ultimately gained or lost. Our goal is to ensure that our clients are satisfied that the outcome justifies the costs by which it was achieved.
We do not profess to have thought of everything. If our client requires a customized billing arrangement that differs from those listed above, we will work with it to develop a plan that fits its needs.
Please contact our offices to discuss further.