Divorce 101 FAQs

Where Did All the Money in My Retainer Go?

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

Sometimes your account is billed much quicker than you expected. In an attempt to help you save costs, our firm has prepared a list of ways you can help keep your costs lower.

  • Be Wise: Prioritize your goals and pick your battles.
  • Be Familiar: Familiarize yourself with our Retainer Agreement. This will help you understand the fees, and prevent you from incurring unnecessary charges.
  • Be Prepared: Email electronic versions of your documents. Alternatively have them available by USB.
  • Be Careful: Carefully read all drafts before responding.
  • Be Well-Informed: Read the entire contents of what we send before responding. We suggest sending 1 large email at a time or accumulate a log and discuss during one phone call.
  • Be Mindful: Avoid urgency and last minute updates.
  • Be Meticulous: Organize and include all your documents.
  • Be Ready: Respond timely to emails and telephone calls.

Helpful Tip: The more work you can do for yourself, the less work you will need done.

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About the author

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.