Waymark Law Services
Waymark Law provides Coaching and Support in the following ways.
Unbundled Law Services
- One of the questions we are often asked is “What is the difference between ASR (Assisted Self-Representation) and “unbundled legal services?” If you can visualize a legal proceeding as a “bundle” of different tasks, then handing over one of these tasks to a lawyer is unbundling. That’s more or less what the Extended Services Waymark Law provides is all about.
- Extended Services go beyond the coaching and support provided in a basic one-hour meeting because instead of doing the work yourself, you are asking a lawyer to step in and take care of one piece of your legal problem. An example might be where you asked a Waymark lawyer to prepare a responding affidavit, because you just didn’t have the time or energy to do it when required (there are lots of time limits in the law). Since it is a traditional lawyer service, we charge a reasonable, but more regular lawyer rate for Extended Services.
- Finding the law which applies to your case is critical to your success as a Self-Represented Litigant (SRL). And there is so much of it!
- If you’ve had a look at Journey to Justice: A Practical Guide to Effectively Representing Yourself in Court you know that it may not be just the legislation, regulations and rules of court you need to get familiar with, but the case law interpreting them can play an equally important part.
- Searching for the case law you need can be time consuming and frustrating.
- Waymark has developed a research service geared specifically to people facing the justice system on their own.
- Our research specialist has years of experience working as a law librarian and has a special interest in helping SRL’s.
- Whatever province* you live in, we’re available to help with your research needs. *Except Quebec, which has a different legal system
1 on 1 Coaching
- Meeting with Self-Represented Litigants, finding out where they are in the legal process, and helping them on to the next step of their proceeding is where it all started, and is still at the heart of the coaching and support Waymark Law provides. We call it our “Basic Service”.
- In a one hour meeting, one of our lawyers will discuss with you the nature of your legal problem (please note, we help only with civil, not criminal matters), what has happened so far and determine where you are in the 6-Step Waymark System. By working with the principles of Assisted Self-Representation (ASR), at the end of your appointment, you will understand what you need to do next. Most clients leave the Waymark office with “homework” – three tasks they can handle which will move them in the right direction. Many return time and again as they work their way through the legal process.
Full Representation Services
- Somewhere along the way, you may feel overwhelmed by representing yourself and need a lawyer to over, if only for a part of your proceeding. Although we do our very best to help Self-Represented Litigants prepare and present their cases in court, if this happens, we can match you with a lawyer willing to either “pinch hit” for awhile or pick up where you left off. Since doing so is to practice in a traditional way, we again charge an hourly rate and ask for a retainer, both of which are reasonable given standards within the profession.
- with retainer not to exceed $2,500
Block Fee Services
Some of the legal services we provide just lend themselves to a standard, fixed fee.
Family law agreements (co-habitation agreements, pre-nuptial agreements and separations agreements) wills and powers of attorney are all examples of work you might want to have one of our lawyers do for you due to their complexity and because you will know right from the start how much it’s going to cost.
And as with all the other services Waymark provides, we strive to keep the cost of Block Fee Services at the low end of what you could expect if you asked a lawyer or notary to prepare them on your behalf.
Family Law Agreements
- separation agreements
Power of Attorney
For other block fee services, please ask
Pay It Forward!
Although we strive to keep our fees low, for some people, they are still out of reach. At the same time, our experience suggests that for most, 10 hours of Basic Service is usually required to support them from start to finish of their proceeding.
So, for those who book 10 hours of Basic Service in advance, we will provide one hour of the same to someone otherwise unable to afford it.
If you are a Self-Represented Litigant who needs the coaching and support Waymark provides, but not in a position to pay for it, please feel free to contact us and we will add your name to a list and let you know when someone has “paid it forward”.
For those in a position to book 10 appointments in advance, we will in addition to working with you for 10 hours, provide you with:
- organizational materials
- a copy of the guidebook, Journey to Justice: A Practical Guide to Representing Yourself in Court