When it comes to hiring a lawyer to review a prenuptial agreement in Ontario, understanding the stakes is crucial. This isn’t just a formality; it’s a binding legal contract with the power to significantly influence your financial and emotional future. A do-it-yourself approach or a generic online template simply won’t cut it in these high-stakes situations.
The value of having a family lawyer review your prenuptial agreement is immeasurable. Although Independent Legal Advice (ILA) is not legally required in Ontario, it’s a vital step for ensuring your agreement can withstand any future legal challenges. In this guide, we’ll explore why professional legal review is essential, the risks of neglecting this step, and our flexible pricing options based on the complexity of your agreement.
At SHAIKH LAW FIRM, we recognize that each relationship is distinct, requiring specialized attention and expertise. That’s why we specialize in offering a lawyer to review prenuptial agreements, tailoring our services to meet your specific needs. Our seasoned team of legal professionals is dedicated to navigating you through this pivotal life event with clarity and compassion.
Our review of prenuptial agreement services include:
If your agreement meets the legal standards and you’re comfortable with its terms, we will issue an Independent Legal Advice (ILA) certificate. This certificate is your safeguard, ensuring that your prenuptial agreement has the best chance of withstanding any future legal challenges.
Caveats on ILA Certification
Non-Issuance of ILA: If we find the agreement to be unreasonable or problematic, or you are being forced to sign a prenuptial agreement, we will not issue the ILA certificate, even upon request.
Next Steps: In such cases, we will provide you with a list of recommended next steps to rectify the issues in your agreement.
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That’s why we’re pleased to offer online video signing appointments as a convenient and secure option for our clients. With this service, you can sign your prenuptial Agreement online from the comfort of your home or office without needing in-person meetings.
This is just one of the many ways we’re utilizing technology to enhance our client experience and simplify the process of crafting prenuptial agreements.
A lawyer’s review of a prenuptial agreement costs $540 + HST for two hours of work. This includes one hour for an initial document review and one hour for a one-on-one consultation with a prenup lawyer.
If you have an agreement that was drafted by another lawyer and wish us to review it, we will have you enter into a limited scope retainer with our firm. This retainer is specifically designed to cover two hours of work, offering you a focused yet comprehensive legal review tailored to your unique situation. Below, we outline the key components of what this limited-scope retainer entails.
Preliminary Document Review
Upon entering into a limited-scope retainer with our firm, your assigned lawyer will commence by conducting an in-depth review of the prenuptial agreement in question. This initial review is performed before any face-to-face consultations to ensure that your lawyer is fully versed in the specifics of your agreement and can provide targeted advice.
Following the preliminary review, you will be scheduled for a one-hour consultation with your lawyer. During this meeting, your lawyer will:
Explain the Strengths and Weaknesses: Your lawyer will provide a detailed analysis of the agreement, highlighting its strong points as well as any areas of concern that could put you at risk.
Clarify Your Rights and Obligations: The lawyer will walk you through the legal implications of each clause, ensuring you understand your rights and obligations under the agreement.
Provide a Recommendation: Based on their expert assessment, your lawyer will advise you on whether the agreement is reasonable and should be signed or if modifications are needed.
Independent Legal Advice (ILA) Certificate
If your lawyer determines that the agreement is fair, equitable, and in line with Ontario law, they will proceed to sign the certificate of ILA, provided you are in agreement with the terms. This certificate serves as a testament that you have received independent legal advice and understand the implications of the agreement.
Non-Issuance of ILA: If your lawyer assesses that the agreement is unreasonable or contains significant issues, they will not sign the certificate of ILA, even if you request them to do so.
NOTE: We will not be able to issue a certificate of Independent legal advice if the agreement has not been drafted by a family lawyer practicing law in Ontario.
List of Recommended Next Steps: In such cases where the agreement is found to be problematic, your lawyer will furnish you with a list of recommended next steps to rectify the issues.
Post-Consultation Options: Further Retainer for Legal Assistance
Should you wish to proceed with the recommended next steps, you have the option to enter into a further retainer with our firm. Under this extended service, your lawyer will assist you in negotiating modifications, redrafting clauses, or taking any other actions necessary to make the agreement legally sound.
Alternatively, you may choose to continue negotiations on your own, armed with the insights and recommendations provided by your lawyer. While you have the option to continue negotiations on your own, it’s crucial to understand the potential risks and costs associated with this approach. Self-negotiation may seem like a cost-saving measure, but it often leads to agreements that are legally vulnerable. When you choose to retain our services from start to finish, you benefit from continuous legal oversight, ensuring that each clause in your agreement is robust and legally sound.
Moreover, discontinuous legal representation can result in fragmented advice and may require additional time for a lawyer to re-familiarize themselves with the case, potentially increasing costs. In contrast, continuous legal representation provides a cohesive and comprehensive legal strategy, often making it a more cost-effective option in the long run.
Why do I need a lawyer to review my prenuptial agreement?
Having a lawyer review your prenuptial agreement ensures that it complies with legal standards and protects your interests. In Ontario, an Independent Legal Advice (ILA) certificate from a lawyer adds an extra layer of security to your agreement.
What is an ILA certificate, and why is it important?
An ILA (Independent Legal Advice) certificate is a document issued by a lawyer stating that you have received independent legal advice on your prenuptial agreement. While not mandatory in Ontario, it’s crucial for ensuring your agreement withstands legal scrutiny.
How much does it cost for a lawyer to review a prenuptial agreement?
Our firm charges a fixed fee of $540 for a straightforward agreement, which includes one hour for document review and one hour for consultation. For more complex agreements requiring additional work, charges are based on extra hours spent.
What is included in the initial document review?
The initial document review involves a thorough examination of your prenuptial agreement by a qualified lawyer. This sets the stage for targeted legal advice during your one-on-one consultation.
What happens during the one-on-one consultation?
During this one-hour session, your lawyer will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of your agreement, clarify your rights and obligations, and provide expert recommendations on whether you should proceed with signing.
What if my agreement is found to be unreasonable?
If we find your agreement to be unreasonable or problematic, we will not issue an ILA certificate. We will provide you with a list of recommended next steps to rectify the issues in your agreement.
Can I proceed without a lawyer-reviewed prenuptial agreement?
While you can technically proceed without a lawyer-reviewed agreement, it’s a high-risk move. Agreements without an ILA certificate are more likely to be challenged and potentially set aside by the court.
What are the additional services for complex agreements?
For complex agreements requiring extensive revisions or legal advice, we offer additional services based on the extra hours spent. This may include drafting changes and providing more detailed recommendations.
What is your pricing structure for complex agreements?
For complex agreements, we charge based on the additional hours spent at an hourly rate of $270 + HST. On average, a complex agreement may require up to 5 hours of work.
How do I schedule a consultation?
You can contact us via phone or email or get started online to schedule your consultation. We recommend doing this as early as possible to ensure that your prenuptial agreement is in the best possible shape before signing.
These FAQs are designed to address the most common concerns and questions regarding having a lawyer review your prenuptial agreement. For more personalized advice, please schedule a consultation with us.
Our clients can retain our legal services online by completing the get started online form. Once we have received your request to retain our services, documents and payment we will confirm in writing if we will be representing you in the matter. It is that simple.
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