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 & Senior Partner of Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers.