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Frequently Asked Questions

Appointing an attorney to represent you does not need to be a daunting task. There are however often questions that one might have which need to be answered before you are happy to sign the attorney's client mandate.

We have included a number of common questions below which might assist.

Check Our General Questions

Is Ashersons Attorneys the right law law firm for me?

Choosing a law firm to represent you and your case is one of the most important decisions you can make when you are faced with legal proceedings. We understand that your case is important to you and choosing the right law firm and attorney to represent you could make the difference for your case. Ashersons Attorneys is a boutique law firm with nine attorneys with over 170 years of combined legal experience. Being that we are a boutique firm, we are able to dedicate the appropriate resources and time to manage your case.

What types of cases does your law firm handle?

At Ashersons Attorneys we handle claims at all levels of litigation. Our areas of practice include: Advertising Law, Aviation Law, Commercial Law, Family Law, Employment and Labour Law, Intellectual Property, Franchising, Insolvency Law, Personal Injury Law, Trusts and Estates, Mediation, Arbitration and Litigation.

How long have you been in business?

Ashersons Attorneys was established 100 years ago in 1920 by Raphael Asherson, who was later joined by his brother, sons and newphews. 

Do I need to come into your office and meet you in person to retain you, or to receive legal services?

It is preferable for you to come to our office so that you can become acquainted with the staff who will be working diligently on your case. However, when it is not possible for you to come to our office, we can schedule a date and time to meet with you at a location that is more convenient for you. In addition, we can facilitate business electronically to save you time and money.

What are your business hours?

Our business hours are 8:30 am to 4:45 pm Monday through Friday. However, please feel free to call or email us after hours. We are committed to returning our client’s and potential client’s calls and emails within 24 hours or less. 

Do you charge for initial consultations?

We want to ensure that our clients are well informed on their legal rights. Therefore, we are happy to offer free initial consultations to our clients and potential clients who are looking to retain our services. i.e. to see if we can assist you. 

If, however, you would like to consult with us in order to obtain legal advice during the first consultation, then we will charge for that consultation.

What will the legal fees cost me?

We are committed to providing you with the most cost effective legal representation. We can arrange hourly, contingency, and  flat fee agreements in respect of certain commercial matters. 

Please ensure that you discuss the fee arrangements with the attorney concerned so as to ensure that there is no misunderstanding. 

What is expected of me as a client of your firm?

We want you to trust that we are here to help you during the difficult times that arise when being faced with a lawsuit. We expect for you to come to us with any questions or concerns that you may have. We want you to be honest and responsive with us so that we can best prepare you for any possible situations which arise. 

How will I be kept informed of my case?

We know that you have a busy schedule and yet want to stay informed on your case proceedings. We will keep you informed as to any important updates in your case so that you are well up-to-date but not overwhelmed. We are here to support you and take some stress away by keeping track of all of the detailed proceedings in your case.

How long does a court application take?

The length of time that a legal proceeding can take varies greatly from case to case due to the very unique facts of each case. Many factors are not within our hands and often lay within the scope of the court’s schedule. Multiple developments during a proceeding can contribute to speeding up or delaying a conclusion for a case. We ensure that all deadlines are met on our part to ensure as speedy a process on your behalf as possible.