ID Verification: Lawyers are required to follow client identification and verification procedures when retained by a client to provide legal services. Accordingly, before we begin work on your behalf, we will require information from you concerning your identity. In addition, for some transactional work, we will require information to verify your identity (to confirm who you are) before the transaction occurs.
Payment of Retainer: Before we begin work on your behalf, we require a retainer in the amount quoted above. The retainer will be placed in our trust account and will serve as a source of payment for all or part of our account or accounts when rendered. You will be asked to replenish the retainer from time to time. Any unused portion will be returned to you upon the completion or termination of our services.
Sharing documents: We DO NOT ACCEPT any document by email. You MUST upload your documents to our website at https://www.paxlaw.ca/upload/
Travel fee: If we have to travel to another city, outside of Greater Vancouver in which case we need you to pay for the travel, accommodation, and other related fees.
Hourly fee: If we are working on an hourly basis, our hourly fee is $300-$500 per hour depending on the lawyer.
Limited Scope: Our retainer agreement is limited to the services we agreed to provide to you.
Client Cooperation: As lawyers, we work based on the documents you provide us such as your university transcripts, job letters, bank statements, etc.
Verification of Documents: We cannot verify the authenticity of those documents. We will not take any steps to verify them. It is your responsibility to check and ensure their accuracy.
Consent to ask for your file information: We will ask your previous lawyer or regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant for documents in your file and for Judicial Reviews and immigration cases (all the documents they have submitted on your behalf) if they misrepresent or falsify documents or present fake or forged documents we cannot and will not be held liable for any loss you may incur. Further, we cannot be held liable for any loss you incur if your previous lawyer or regulated Canadian immigration consultant does not cooperate with us.
No Guarantee: We will work with you toward your desired outcome; However, all legal actions are subject to many possible variables, all of which affect an adjudicator’s decision; accordingly, we cannot guarantee that your desired result will be achieved.
Representation Cessation: We can and will stop representing you for loss of confidence, non-cooperation, unreasonable expectations, not taking advice from your counsel, and non-payment of our fees.
Release:Neither Pax Law nor any of its employees or contractors accept any responsibility with respect to the transfer and deposit of your payment through any currency exchange business, even if the name of that currency exchange business was given to you by Pax Law staff or appeared on Pax Law’s website.
Disbursements: You will be responsible for reimbursing us for expenses, also called disbursements, we incur on your behalf, and that must be paid to third parties. These include postage, deliveries, travel expenses, out-of-office photocopying and printing, government filing and search charges, the fees of agents who conduct investigations, searches and registrations, and all other reasonable out-of-pocket expenses. If an unusual disbursement or expense arises involving substantial costs, such as, for example, fees for expert evidence, we will consult with you before incurring that cost. You will also be responsible for office charges allocated to your file. These include charges for paralegal time.
Taxes: You will be charged the applicable taxes on fees and on some disbursements or other charges.
Cloud-based Storage:The firm uses cloud-based programs to store client files and business records. Some of these programs may use servers located outside of Canada. You acknowledge that these programs may create some risks to the security of your information.
Rush Fee: Pax Law reserves the right to charge an additional 25% on the quoted fees if the service you request is a rush service. We will discuss the additional charge with you before beginning work on your file.