What is a licensed Paralegal?

Paralegals were regulated by the Law Society of Upper Canada in 2008. This was done as a way to provide greater access to justice. They found that the average household would have difficulty paying high legal fees for smaller legal matters and would in turn, try to handle it on their own. This caused issues in the courtroom and people were suffering as they were not accessing their full legal remedies. This means that some paralegals are licensed and insured legal professionals, like lawyers, who provide the same legal services but in a different scope of practice.

How are paralegals different in Ontario?

In other provinces and in the US, paralegals are law clerks that do research and paperwork for the lawyer in charge. In Ontario, if a paralegal undergoes the educational requirements, licensing process, and passes the good character requirement, they may be licensed to practice law on their own with their own clients and legal firms.

Will you go to court for me?

Yes, of course. We do everything a lawyer does within our scope of practice.

Do you give referrals?

If your matter is one that one of my colleagues is better suited to handle we will be more than happy to make recommendations. Bauer Legal is a part of a diverse legal structure that can handle any legal matter. We work alongside many other legal professionals and have developed trusting relationships with those firms.

How much will this cost me?

Lawyers and Paralegals are left to set their own prices and it will vary between professionals. Industry norms reflect that paralegals generally charge less than lawyers. This is of course dependent upon years of experience and expertise. This is keeping in line with the access to justice prerogative set by the Law Society.

Why should I pick you?

We should be your first point of contact because Bauer Legal prides itself on being able to provide simplicity to vastly complex matters. We strive to provide innovation to the industry by creating an atmosphere that is more public friendly. Paralegals were created as a way to provide greater access to justice and it is our mandate to do just that….for everyone.

What should I bring to our first meeting?

Any paperwork, documents, or evidence that you feel is pertinent to your matter. Along with government issued ID such as a driver’s license.

I am not from Windsor. Can you still help me?

Yes, of course we can. Bauer Legal is able to handle any matter in the province of Ontario. We routinely travel to Toronto and would not hesitate to travel anywhere in Ontario if the matter so called. However, with advancements in technology, most consultations and hearings can be held online, or via telephone conference.

What are disbursement costs?

These are costs to cover things like photocopies, filing charges at the courthouse, postage, stamps, etc.