Family, Estates & Trusts 



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We recognize that the decision to hire a law firm is often a difficult one, for both financial and emotional reasons. All litigation contains potential risks and rewards. To better serve your needs, we offer the following payment options:


Before you decide to hire us, we want to make sure that we’re the right law firm for you, which is why we offer a free 30-minute consultation. It’s important to us that we get to know you and your case, and that we’re sure we can achieve the results you deserve.

  • The lawyer bills the client based on an hourly rate, and invoices the client regularly for work done, along with disbursements (out-of-pocket costs such as court filing fees, photocopies, couriers, etc.)
  • In order to ensure payment, a retainer (money paid up front) is requested to pay for the costs of litigation, and the client is asked to top up the retainer when the retainer balance is running low, during the course of the litigation.
  • This option is high in risk and high in reward for the client because the client must pay for the lawyer’s fees regardless of the outcome of the litigation, which can be substantial.
  • However, the ultimate settlement or trial award is kept entirely by the client.
  • The lawyer does not receive payment for their services until the action has been resolved either by way of settlement or trial.
  • At the resolution of the file, the lawyer takes a percentage from the final award.
  • The lawyer bills the client from time to time for the payment of disbursements (out-of-pocket costs) throughout the litigation process.
  • This option is low risk and lower in reward.
  • The client bears little risk in this scenario because the lawyer does not get paid unless there is a settlement or trial award.
  • However, the client takes less from the award at the resolution of the action as a cost to assuming so little risk throughout the litigation process.
  • This payment option is for estate litigation files only
  • All family law files are on an hourly rate basis
  • Both hourly rate and contingency options are possible for estate law cases at the lawyer’s discretion.

Our Process

From the very first consultation, we get straight to the heart of your situation before making any legal recommendations.

We carefully and competently suggest strategies and processes that keep the bigger picture in mind. Estate and family law disputes are profoundly emotional, and we pride ourselves on being there for you, every single step of the way.



(604) 900-2538

Contact Us

Onyx Law Group represents clients in family law, estate and trust litigation, estate planning and probate matters. Consult with our experienced team at 
(604) 900-2538


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  • We were made to feel valued and heard. Integrity, competence and a passion for justice definitely describes Onyx. They are also caring, compassionate and have a good sense of humour.

  • Thanks to Onyx’s straightforward approach, this litigation was resolved with the best outcome for myself and my children. Although this ordeal was emotionally trying, we can get on with our lives, without added worry and stress.

  • I chose the right law firm and I know our future is on the proper course because of Onyx. I wouldn’t hesitate to tell anyone who needs good legal representation to take my words to heart.

We will find the best way to help you


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