One of our most frequently asked questions is, “Do you offer free consultations?” The answer is yes! Many people, when they think of lawyers, think of expensive legal fees, high costs, and big bills. And it’s true that most lawyers are paid by the hour and charge high hourly rates. But we do law differently. At Litwiniuk & Company, we’ve been changing the way the world thinks about lawyers for over 45 years. Can’t get legal advice on the phone? Feeling nickle-and-dimed for every little step in your legal action? Not at Litco. We believe in free consultations and being generous with our time and knowledge. The meter isn’t running. The clock isn’t ticking. Your fees will be fair and transparent, every time. And you’ll always feel confident that we’re worth what we charge.
We offer free consultations for:
At your initial consultation you will meet with a lawyer and perhaps other members of our legal team to address your personal legal challenge. Most consultations last for 30-60 minutes, depending on factors such as the type of legal service required or the complexity of a case. A Personal Injury lawyer will also assess claims during this meeting to determine if they are likely to be successful. Consultations can be longer if necessary, to allow the lawyer to gather all the important facts and answer all your questions. Free initial consultations can take place at our offices in either Calgary or Edmonton, but we also do:
- House calls;
- Hospital calls;
- Phone consultations;
- Meetings at another convenient location;
- Zoom, Skype, Google Meet, or other video consultations.
We never bill by the hour. Here’s why.
There’s an underlying worry for many people about being taken advantage of by their lawyer, accountant, mechanic, and the list goes on. After all, billing by the hour inherently provides an incentive to take as long as possible, right? And we get why so many people feel this way. It’s sometimes difficult to know what is a reasonable time frame for your service or exactly how much work is being done behind the scenes. When you hire a lawyer, you are hiring an advocate, advisor, and ideally someone you can trust. The last thing you should have to worry about is whether or not your bill is a fair reflection of the service you received. And that’s why at Litwiniuk & Company we never bill clients by the hour. We are committed to making a positive difference for our clients. What does this mean in practice? It means fair and transparent fees, being generous with our time, and always respectful of yours.
Initial Consultations for Personal Injury
Preparing for Your Free Consultation
Prior to meeting, your lawyer may ask you to bring certain important information with you such as:
- A Police report;
- Witness statements;
- Insurance information;
- Photographs of injuries or the accident location.
You should also come prepared with a list of questions you want the lawyer to answer during the consultation.
We Offer Contingency Fees
All our Calgary Personal Injury Lawyers work on a contingency fee basis. Very simply, this means we don’t get paid until you get paid. In other words, the lawyer’s fees are “contingent” or dependent on successfully recovering money for you by resolving your claim, either through a negotiated settlement or in a court of law. NOTE: nearly all injury claims in Alberta are resolved without ever having to go to court.
We’ll Cover Your Disbursements
Every legal action costs money, and not just lawyers’ fees. There are always expenses associated with pursuing an injury claim, and these expenses are called disbursements. Disbursements for Personal Injury claims run from hundreds to thousands of dollars depending on the severity and complexity of your case. They include things like:
- Medical reports;
- Expert witness assessments and reports.
- A police report for a motor vehicle accident;
- Treatment charts from doctors and other medical providers; and
- A land titles search for a slip and fall.
We’ll always cover your disbursements, which means that we pay for those expenses while your claim is ongoing. An experienced Alberta Personal Injury lawyer will likely be able to recover all the disbursements from the insurance company of the person(s) you made the claim against, so you won’t have to pay out of your own pocket.
Initial Consultations for Real Estate
Buying, selling, or refinancing a home doesn’t have to be hard. Our real estate lawyers are here to guide you through the process. Whether you’re purchasing or selling a home, or simply refinancing, we can guide you through the process and help make it successful and stress-free. We’re born and raised Albertans, so we understand what our Calgary and Edmonton clients want in a real estate lawyer: someone who puts their needs first. The most common questions we get are, “Aren’t all real estate lawyers the same? Shouldn’t I just pick the cheapest one?” We’re not the cheapest real estate lawyers in Calgary and we’re definitely not the most expensive, but we always promise fair and transparent fees, and real solutions from the most caring team on earth. And we promise that you’ll get great value; if you’re ever unhappy with our fees, just let us know and we’ll make it right. Our legal team will take care of all the things associated with purchasing, selling, or refinancing a house such as Dower issues, Real Property Reports (RPR), municipal compliance, title transfers, holdbacks, and high-quality legal advice. It won’t cost you anything to speak with a knowledgeable Calgary Real Estate lawyer. Simply call or email us today!
Initial Consultations for Employment Law
Wondering if you received a fair severance package? Forced out of your job by a change in work duties or a hostile manager? Wrongfully fired from your job? Looking for answers about Employment Law in Alberta? We can help. We are here to ensure you are protected and give you peace of mind. Litwiniuk & Company is passionate about balancing the power for employees across all non-union workplace-related legal matters. What sets us apart is our caring team who will always put your needs first and guide you through the process to help make it stress-free. Our lawyers explain the law in a way that is easy to understand, and they focus on what matters most to you – your rights. At Litwiniuk & Company we promise always to be transparent with you about legal fees and any other expenses related to your service. You will always know exactly what your fees will be or how they will be calculated, ensuring there are no surprises. We’ll take care of everything associated with your non-union employment legal matter and provide high-quality legal advice. Call or email us today to book your free consultation with a Calgary Employment Law Lawyer.
Initial Consultations for Wills & Estates
Whether you need to administer an estate, or you are looking for estate planning, or you just need a Will, we are here to give you peace of mind. We understand that your needs are personal to you and we’re here to ensure your wishes are put first. By planning and preparing for the future, you can protect your loved ones and your assets. Looking to apply for a Grant of Probate? Not sure how to administer an estate in the absence of a Will? We can answer these questions, and more. Whether you’re looking for a simple Will, comprehensive estate planning, or to administer an estate, we make it easy. If we can take care of something for you and shorten your to-do list, we’ll do it. We’ve got this. Let us take the burden off your shoulders. Handling estate planning can feel overwhelming and stressful; your Wills and Estate lawyer shouldn’t add to your stress. At Litwiniuk & Company, we will always be completely transparent with you about our fees to ensure there are no surprises. You can rest easy knowing you will never receive a bill just because you called us on the phone. We’ll take care of everything associated with estate planning, setting up testamentary trusts, updating existing Wills with a codicil, probating an estate, dealing with accounting and tax issues, obtaining a clearance certificate from Revenue Canada, assisting in interim and final distributions of the estate, and high-quality legal advice. Book a free consultation now to get well-informed answers to all your legal questions.
Initial Consultations for Long Term Disability Law
Litwiniuk & Company is Calgary’s long-term disability (LTD) law firm, with over 25 years of experience with disability claim appeals. We know that when you go up against a powerful insurance company with deep pockets, it’s never a fair fight. That’s why we’re here: to balance the power. With us on your side, you can be sure you’ll get a fair deal, because we understand how disability claims work. Long-term disability claims are what we do, and we never work on behalf of insurance companies. If your disability claim has been denied by your insurance company, there is hope and help available. We care about you, and we will take the time to understand your unique situation, and create a legal strategy tailored to you. Disability claims are often time-sensitive, so don’t wait. Let Litwiniuk & Company get you on the road to better health and improved quality of life. We never charge for our consultations, and we will review your claim for free. And remember, we don’t get paid unless we recover money for you.
What If I Don’t Want to Hire the Lawyer After the Free Consultation?
We offer free consultations with zero obligation. That means you can meet with a lawyer, but you don’t have to hire him or her, or pay for the consultation if you choose not to proceed. Some clients like to shop around and meet with multiple lawyers for free consultations. We encourage you to do your research and find the best fit for you.
Our Calgary legal team is dedicated to your success.
We are a team of legal professionals ready to handle your personal legal challenges. And if you need help with an area of law we don’t do, we’ll help you find a lawyer for that. We won’t bog you down with opinions, confuse you with jargon, or make your to-do list longer. At Litwiniuk & Company, our consultations are truly free, which means you are under no obligation to hire us. If you choose us to help you win a Personal Injury, wrongful dismissal, or disability claim, we don’t get paid until you get paid. And we’ll cover disbursements for injury, employment, and disability law while the claim is ongoing. For all our other legal services, you will always know exactly what that service will cost before you proceed. We’ve been helping Albertans since 1976, and we’re standing by to help you when you’re ready. Get all your questions answered by a lawyer, for free – call or email us today to book your consultation.