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My decision to represent myself for certain aspects of my case is not working out as I planned. Can I upgrade my limited scope retainer to a full retainer?

It depends on the circumstances. If you took all necessary and reasonable steps to keep the parts of your case you were responsible for up to date, then a lawyer may quite likely be able to take full carriage of your file under a full retainer.

However, if you did not, then considerable time will be required to rectify the course of your proceeding. Under these circumstances, a full retainer depends on the lawyer’s ability and availability to provide full legal representation competently and efficiently.

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Russell Alexander

Russell Alexander is the founder of Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers and is the firm’s senior partner. At Russell Alexander, our focus is exclusively family law, offering pre-separation legal advice and assisting clients with family related issues, including: custody and access, separation agreements, child and spousal support, division of family property, paternity disputes, and enforcement of court orders. We have locations in Toronto, Markham, Whitby (Brooklin), Oshawa, Concord, Lindsay, and Peterborough.

For more information, visit our website, or you can call us at: 905-655-6335.