Divorce 101 FAQs

How Do Lawyers Bill for Their Time?

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

You will be billed for work completed on your file on an hourly basis, except for fixed rate legal services. Any team member who performs work on your file will bill you at their hourly rate. Hourly rates vary according to team member.

Regardless of the applicable hourly rate, the billable hour is broken down and charged per tenth of an hour. For example, a 12-minute phone call with your lawyer would be billed as 0.2 of an hour, charged at the lawyer’s hourly rate.

You can find more information on our billing policy included in your copy of the Retainer Agreement and in separate documents enclosed in your welcome package.

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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.