Divorce 101 FAQs

What Does My Initial Retainer Fee Get Me?

Written by Russell Alexander ria@russellalexander.com / (905) 655-6335

Your initial retainer payment crystallizes the solicitor-client relationship and will likely get you to your first court date (if your matter is in litigation).

Typical first steps upon opening a new file, include but are not limited to:

  • a demand letter to the opposing party (or their counsel, if represented)
  • an initial reporting letter to you
  • corresponding with the opposing party (or their counsel, if represented) regarding the issues relevant to your matter
  • client communication
  • drafting pleadings (if your matter is in litigation)


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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.

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