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How much does an appeal cost? 

The legal fees for an appeal will depend on a number of factors including the nature of the offence(s), the length of your trial, the complexity of the evidence, the nature of the legal issues, your sentence (if applicable) and the appeal objective. This is why the initial consultation is free.

Once I have a sense of the case from our initial consultation, I can give you an idea of how much it will cost. The fee is generally based on an estimate of how long it will take to prepare the case from start to finish and can usually be set on a block basis. This is a flat fee which eliminates any uncertainty about your legal costs and allows you to consult me as often as you wish so you know exactly what is happening at every stage of the case.

Now here's the important part. Because I practise exclusively in appeals, I am able to do all client consultation and case preparation personally, from a highly efficient "virtual office" -- yes, even in the practice of law, steeped in tradition, lawyers and clients alike are adapting to the virtual office which has long since replaced physical storefronts in other fields across the global marketplace.

In my streamlined practice, I do not require a staff of secretaries and associates, or office space in an expensive highrise in downtown Toronto. I have one assistant and a number of colleagues who assist on an as-needed basis only. So, when you hire me, you are paying for the effort and expertise I personally devote to your case, and nothing else - not staff, not office overhead. Because of this, I am able to offer exceptional legal services at a very competitive price compared to other lawyers with similar - or less - experience in appellate practice. This also means that when you call to talk to me, you will talk to me and not a junior lawyer or secretary.

I can usually arrange a payment plan to suit your individual circumstances and, if scheduling permits, I also accept Legal Aid certificates. To determine whether you qualify, visit the Legal Aid Ontario website.

(Bear in mind that you will need to purchase a transcript of the proceedings in trial court. This is a word-for-word reproduction of everything that was said at your trial. The cost of transcripts is regulated by the government and works out to roughly $600 for each full day of court time. This is not part of the legal fee, nor are other disbursements such as photocopying and process servers.)

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