Market Place for Self-Reps

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Screen Shot 2017-10-03 at 12.44.38 PMOften, people with legal needs may not necessarily need lawyers to help them. An example would be landlord tenant disputes, where a paralegal  can represent you at the tribunal.

Or you are looking for an experienced mediator to help you find a way to settle your dispute, while avoiding expensive and stressful court process.

Or you are representing yourself in a lawsuit, but you need someone to help you prepare financial disclosure.

On this page is a list of various professionals who can assist litigants, either self-represented and represented. Please feel free to contact them directly.

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Note that these businesses are all independent entities. I cannot guarantee quality of service.

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(1) Mediators

What is Mediation?

Mediation is a voluntary process where a trained professional, called a mediator, helps participants to negotiate a mutually acceptable agreement. Mediators act as neutral facilitators and referees, to help guide participants regarding personal decisions for their lives and those whom they care for. The key is: Participants maintain control over the outcome. The decision to mediate is completely voluntary and the process is confidential. A mediator, unlike a judge or arbitrator, will not make or impose decisions on anyone. In family law mediation, you and your partner decide what will happen for your family.

How does it work? 

Each party describes the dispute from his or her own point of view and offers possible solutions. The mediator helps the parties to focus on the real issues causing the problem and then helps them to find a workable solution(s). When the parties arrive at an agreement, the agreement is put in writing.

So… Why Mediate?
 It works. A good deal of mediations end in agreement as the parties are motivated to find resolution.
 It’s affordable. Parties generally agree to split the cost of a mediator. Cases mediated early may avoid costly litigation.
 It’s quick. If conducted early, mediation may result in settlement far quicker than waiting until near trial to settle.
 It’s private. Almost everything disclosed during mediation is confidential and cannot be used in a lawsuit.
 It’s impartial. Mediators have no stake in the outcome. Their role is to facilitate the resolution of the complaint.
 It’s cooperative, not adversarial. Mediation provides a comfortable, safe and respectful setting for discussion. It is no where as combative as court cases can become.

Examples of Mediators

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Laura Tarcea-Catone is an accredited family mediator with OAFM and FDRIO.

She can provide assistance to individuals navigating the family justice system or seeking to stay out of the system. She often co-mediates with lawyers or financial professionals, depending on respective family needs.

 

 

 

(2) Paralegals

Most people think about lawyers right away when they have a legal problem. However, depending on the type of situation you have, you may be able to retain paralegals instead of lawyers. What is the difference between lawyers and paralegals?

Paralegals are individuals who have completed a paralegal training program at a community college. They are regulated by the Law Society. One of the major differences between a paralegal and a lawyer is that lawyers are licensed to provide legals advice with respect to ALL Ontario laws while paralegals are licensed to provide legal advice with respect to SPECIFIC Ontario laws. In certain situations, either legal professional would be able to assist you but you can always choose to represent yourself. Go here: https://kblegalservice.wordpress.com/2017/10/11/paralegal-or-a-lawyer-both-help-clients/  for more information.

 

Examples of paralegals

Karim Bhaloo is a paralegal at  KB Legal Services

Ontario Society of Medical Technologists at Lakeridge Hospital on September 29, 2012. (Ian Goodall/Goodall Media Inc.)

Ontario Society of Medical Technologists at Lakeridge Hospital on September 29, 2012. (Ian Goodall/Goodall Media Inc.)

KB Legal Services provides quality, cost-effective and bespoke legal services in the following areas:
1. Small Claims Court
2. Complaints, investigations and discipline matters involving self-regulated professionals and their regulatory colleges/bodies
3. Appeals before HPARB & HSARB
4. Privacy matters under PHIPA
5. Landlord Tenant Boards
6. Administrative Tribunals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(3) Law Clerks

If you are a self-represented litigant, and all you need is some one to help you with the more technical aspects of a case, then, a law clerk may be the person you need!  Many lawyers and law firms hire law clerks to help them with the minute procedural aspects of running their files.

Law Clerks are trained in community college programs as well. They are the people who “makes things happen”. They usually work at a law firm or for specific lawyers. They carry out duties such as filing legal documents at the court, or assembling legal documents for lawyers. They are usually extremely knowledgeable in the more “technical” aspects of court procedures.  However, they are not allowed to give “legal advice”.  This usually means that they cannot advise you on how the law applies to the facts of your situation, nor draft a legal argument for you, nor advise you on procedural strategy. However, for general and very factual procedural type questions (eg. what does  a motion record consist of), experienced law clerks are indispensable, both to self-represented litigants, and even to lawyers!

If you need a law clerk, please contact me at heather@litigation-help.com for referrals.

 

(4) Court Reporting Services

These are professionals who record “discovery sessions” and can be requested to provide a typed-out transcript of all the questions and answers that was given at the session. Usually, you book a time with them, for their reporter to attend. The session is audio (or video) taped. Additional charges apply if you want a typed transcript. It’s charged on a per/page basis.

Please contact me at heather@litigation-help.com for referrals.

(5)  Accountants and other Experts

In order to find out whether you have a good case or not, it is sometimes wise to consult with an expert in the area of dispute. For example, if you want to file a claim against someone because they have damaged your property, you might want some one to tell you how much it would cost to fix it, or how much your property has devalued. In family law, accountants are often retained to provide expert reports on asset calculations family property division disputes.

Please contact me at hh@litigation-help.com for referrals if you need to locate an expert for  your case.

I hope this page is helpful to you. If you have further suggestions as to who to include, let me know at  heather@litigation-help.com.

If you are lost and don’t know what type of professional to hire, you may wish to book a consultation to speak to me at hh@litigation-help.com