If you choose to retain Dumke MacLeod, we will work with you to identify concrete goals and to provide a step-by-step overview of the legal process in plain language. During our initial meeting, we will discuss the nature of the legal services to be provided, and the projected cost of those services. Depending on the nature of the file, we may ask you to sign a ‘retainer letter’ setting out the agreed-upon conditions of our solicitor-client relationship.
When there are alternative methods for achieving a goal or resolving an issue, we will inform you of the relative risks and advantages of each method, and make recommendations based on your stated objectives. We also draw from our professional experience to provide planning advice and identify potential issues that you may not have considered.
Once we have your instructions, we will establish a timeline for the delivery of our services. We make every effort to adhere to these timelines, though in some cases, due to factors beyond our control, timelines must be extended. In such cases, we will discuss delays with you in a timely fashion, and will take all reasonable steps to ensure that momentum is not lost on your file.
We will provide regular updates in relation your file, forwarding and discussing documents and correspondence, and we ask that you keep us informed of any developments that may assist us in managing your file effectively. In an effort to communicate more effectively with our clients and provide greater access to file materials, we are currently exploring web-based software options. If you would be interested in the increased accessibility of this file management strategy, please let us know, and we can discuss the available options.
Throughout the course of our solicitor-client relationship, we will guide you through the legal process and apply our research, drafting, and advocacy skills to the management of your file. At the conclusion of your file, we will provide our final report to you, summarizing the efforts we have made on your behalf.
Some of the more common services that we provide are outlined on this website. Please feel free to contact us to discuss these services, or your other legal needs in more detail.