They say that if you think it’s expensive to hire a professional, try not doing it. This is doubly true in the Small Claims Court where awards can be up to $25,000.00 before cost awards and legal bills.
Your decision of who to hire can make or break your case. As with any professional, it’s on you to do research and seek reliable referrals and recommendations. Some people are very good at their jobs, some are just good, some are bad, and some are very bad. This is true for lawyers and paralegals alike.
Most paralegals today are well trained in procedure and are regulated by the same body that regulates Lawyers in Ontario: The Law Society of Upper Canada. While lawyers are more specifically trained in the law itself, not all Small Claims Court claims are based on highly technical legal concepts. Besides, becoming a legal genius is definitely not reserved for lawyers, it just requires intelligence, diligence and self-study.
The other factor is cost. Beware of professionals who quote low hourly rates, as this leaves the power in their hands to decide how many “hours” their work is worth. Demand clear, flat rates so that you can make an informed decision about what to invest in your Small Claims Court action.
Whether it’s a plumber or a legal advocate, the onus is on you to find somebody that you can trust who can represent you well. Practicing vetting professionals will save you many hours of headaches and thousands of dollars in the future.
If you have a dispute with a professional and would like a free consultation call 416-554-1639 to speak with Jonathan Kleiman today.