Cost of Lawyers in Canada

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Like any country, lawyers continue to be a very expensive endeavor in Canada.  Lawyers are one of the highest paid professions out there, and they don’t get paid as such by charging affordable rates.  Additionally, legal matters can easily stretch out from months to years, compounding the costs of lawyers to astronomical.  An interesting statistic that has been cited by the Canadian Lawyer Magazine, the cost for a two-day trial now exceeds $31,000 if you are forced to go to court.  This was an amazing 43% leap from the year before.

Lawyer costs can add up in a number of ways.  You would likely be asked to pay disbursements, where you cover the costs of photocopying among other things (and with the amount of paperwork in law, this can add up more than you think).  Your retainer agreement would likely list more details on what kind of costs would be involved exactly.

Overall, lawyers charge an average of $360 per hour.  Of course, the exact amount depends on the law firm you go to, the experience level of the lawyer you get, and the specialty of the lawyer you are looking for (costs vary a lot between major specialties, such as criminal defense versus patent law versus personal injury).

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