IVAN STEELE LAW FEES
Immigration and Family Lawyer in the Heart of Toronto
If you wish to sponsor a spouse, a common-law, a conjugal partner or another eligible family member to Canada, or if you are getting married or separating we can help you! We can also assist you in the preparation of Last Wills and Testaments, Trusts, Living Wills and Powers of Attorney. Our Toronto family lawyer can assist you in making cohabitation agreements, marriage contracts, foreign divorce opinion letters, uncontested divorces and separation agreements. Our firm does not deal with complex financial and contested matters that involve litigation. Our immigration law practice specializes in spousal, common law and family sponsorships for permanent residence, in addition to Canadian citizenship applications, study permits, work permits and express entry applications for permanent residence.
At our sole discretion, we accept a significant umber of Pro Bono cases.
How We Help Our Clients – Money Matters
Comprehensive Initial Consultation
We do not use consultations as a hook to get clients. All our family law and immigration law consultations include a comprehensive meeting with a Toronto family lawyer or a Toronto immigration lawyer, who will provide you with a thorough assessment of your case and personalized legal advice. We will aim to provide you with a strategy, timeliness and creative solutions to your legal matter.
Since our initial meetings are stand-alone, exhaustive and detailed reviews of your legal matter, we do not offer free consultations. For some, but not all immigration legal matters, such as spousal sponsorships, once retained, we deduct the amount of your initial consultation from your overall legal fees. You may wish to contact the Law Society of Upper Canada for a list of lawyers who provide free legal consultations.
$20 Video Consultation Discount
To encourage our clients to cut down on pollution and traffic conditions in Toronto (i.e. driving to appointments, taking up residential parking, we offer an environmental incentive discount of $20.
Calm clients are good clients! We understand how busy and messy life can get. Working late, taking care of the kids, not in a mood to brave a snowstorm, rush hour traffic or sweltering heat to come and see us? No problem!
LOVE THE PLANET!
By keeping at least some of our clients off the roads, we do not only save them the frustration of dealing with Toronto traffic and parking, but we reduce the number of cars on the road, thereby reducing overall greenhouse gas emissions, fossil fuel consumption, and energy usage. It also helps reduce environmental and human health impacts as a result of decreased air pollution.
Legal fees for most family law services are subject to an hourly rate. We understand that legal costs can be daunting expenditures for many people. We offer interest-free financing options for our clients. In circumstances of exceptional hardship, we may reduce our fees on a sliding scale. Most immigration law matters are conducive to a flat fee. In such cases, we provide competitively priced packages. All prices are subject to Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) of 13%.
No Trust Deposits
You are billed only for the work already completed. In a radical break from a 19th-century billing model ill-suited to addressing economic inequalities of our present day society, we do NOT require or accept trust deposits in order to work on your case. Instead, we operate on the honour system, whereby you are billed for your matter each month, and you pay for the actual work completed by then. This seismic departure from traditional billing practices is our small way of promoting access to justice and transparency in the legal profession. Through this approach, we wish to ease at least some of the immediate stresses and financial anxiety that a large lump sum payment can add to our clients’ lives during what is already one the most challenging periods in one’s life. In turn, we place our trust in our clients to treat us with the same respect and honour, as they have done since the inception of this law practice.
Ivan Steele Law Office accepts following forms of payment for your convenience: Cash or Money Order, VISA, MasterCard, PayPal, Interac e-transfers and electronic bank transfers.
Initial Consultation Fee (Family or Immigration Law) – $ 250 + HST
Please note that we require a notice of cancellation at least 24 hours before the scheduled meeting. If you do not cancel your appointment with at least 24 hours before the scheduled meeting you will be issued an invoice and charged for the entire amount.
IMMIGRATION LAW FEES:
Spousal Sponsorships and Economic Classes Applications for Permanent Residence in Canada:
In order to successfully immigrate to Canada as a spouse, you will need to establish on a balance of probability that your relationship fits into one of the three main categories: married partners (including same-sex partners married any place which legally recognizes same-sex marriages), common law partners (partners of the same or opposite sex who have cohabited for at least one year), conjugal partners (partners of the same or opposite sex who are not married and have not cohabited for one year, but have been in a substantial, interdependent relationship for at least one year).
Each case is unique and requires context-specific evidence in order to satisfy the permanent residency criteria. Working closely with you, our immigration lawyer, Ivan Steele, will prepare your application package for submission and act as a continuing point of contact for the application throughout the processing, until permanent residence decision is made.
Although we charge a flat fee for spousal sponsorships and most permanent residence applications, because of the unique nature of each case, immigration law fees depend on the complexity of each matter. The exact amount will be determined following an initial consultation.
Temporary resident permits, such as work permits, study permits and visitor visas are subject to flat rates below:
Visitor Visas to Canada: $899.00 + HST and Disbursements.
Study Permits (Student Visas): $899.00 + HST and Disbursements.
FAMILY LAW FEES
Uncontested and Joint Divorces – $740.00 + HST and Disbursements. Ontario Superior Court of Justice charged two sets of fees for uncontested divorces ($167 and $280), which you will be asked to pay directly.
Independent Legal Advice (Marriage Contracts, Separation Agreements, Cohabitation Agreements) – $549.99 + HST. The flat fee for independent legal advice covers one meeting where our Toronto family lawyer will review your domestic contract, ensure that you understand all of the terms and consequences of the agreement, and he will sign a certificate of independent legal advice. Any additional work is subject to an hourly rate.
Drafting Marriage Contracts (prenups), Separation Agreements, Cohabitation Agreements – this service is subject to a flat fee that depends on the complexity of each case. Please call us and we will be happy to give you a quote!
Foreign Divorce Opinion Letters – $379.99 + HST.
People divorced outside of Canada may have a more difficult time obtaining an Ontario marriage licence. One of the requirements to acquire a marriage license is that a marrying couple must get an opinion from an Ontario lawyer, stating that a foreign divorce would be recognized here. A legal opinion letter from an Ontario lawyer must be addressed to both applicants and must provide reasons as to why the divorce should be recognized in the Province of Ontario. We can finalize this document within 4 hours of receving all of the required information and documentation.
Consent to Travel Document
Drafting and notarization of consent to travel document for children travelling without one or both parents – From $79.99 (+ applicable taxes)
Estate Law Fees
Single Will – $499.99 + HST
Reciprocal Wills – $599.99 + HST
Powers of Attorney for Property, Personal Care or Living Wills – $189.99 + HST
We can prepare Estate Planning packages that are tailored to give you the maximum value for your money. For more complex estate matters, additional fees or hourly rates may apply.
The following are our estate packages:
Basic Estate Planning package for a single person – $799.99 + HST (Simple Will and two Powers of Attorney and a Living Will.)
Basic Estate Planning Package for spouses, common-law and conjugal couples, with no children or beneficiaries under 18 – $949.99 + HST (Two Simple Wills, four Powers of Attorney, including two Living Wills .)
Basic Estate Planning Package for single persons with beneficiaries under 18 – $899.99 + HST (One Will, two Powers of Attorney, a Living Will.)
Basic Estate Planning Package for spouses, common-law and conjugal couples, with beneficiaries under 18 – $1,399.99 + HST (Two Simple Wills, Four Powers of Attorney, including two Living Wills.)
NOTARY SERVICES FEES:
1st Notarization/Commission/Certification/Exhibit – $29.99 (+ applicable taxes)
2nd Notarization/Commission/Certification/Exhibit – $19.99 (+ applicable taxes)
3rd Notarization/Commission/Certification/Exhibit – $14.99 (+ applicable taxes)
4th and subsequent Notarization/Commission – $9.99 (+ applicable taxes)
More than 18 – Price varies on the number of documents. One seal is included in the fee for each notarization / commissioning / certification / exhibit
Letter of invitation for the purposes of applying for a Canadian visitor’s visa (includes notarization fee) – From $99.00 (+ applicable taxes)
Statutory Declaration (includes Declaration in lieu of guarantor for the Passport Application) Includes certification of applicant’s photo, declaration in lieu of guarantor and certification of documents that support the applicant’s identity) – From $40 (+ applicable taxes)
Certified Copy of Passport (including every page) – From $39.99 (+ applicable taxes)