The Self-Represented and the Legal Coach

Many people are now choosing to represent themselves in court, but they may lack confidence or have difficulty knowing where to start. You have a right to be self-represented in your legal matter.  Most people are better educated now than they were 30 years ago.  Tools like the internet can…

Contract Mediation Benefits Outweigh Court

“Contract mediation does not focus on who is right or wrong, but is a way of finding solutions”, says Victoria Lawyer and Mediator Michael Butterfield. Mediation is often used to correct an error or misunderstanding in a contract. The purpose of mediation can be to repair a contractual relationship, or to end a contract….

Taking the Mystery out of Legal Fees

Chances are that, if your only experience with lawyers is watching Law and Order or Ally McBeal, the cost of legal fees may come as a shock.  Most people do not give much thought to the cost of hiring a lawyer, until they need one. It is good to remember…

Saanich Mayor Vindicated In Freedom Of Information Probe

Some residents may have thought Mayor Atwell paranoid, or at least that he had over-reacted when he held a press conference on January 12, 2015.  At that time, Atwell informed the public about his District’s use of Spectre 360 (Spectre), an employee monitoring program, and initiated a police complaint about…

Hiring a Lawyer: How Can I Pay For A Lawyer?

Many people have misconceptions about hiring a lawyer. They  think hiring a lawyer will cost them more than they can afford. They may feel intimidated by the legal process, and uncertain about how to proceed. Their fear limits their ability to be good consumers. Many people spend more time at the…

Will Mediation Save Victoria’s Mayor Dean Fortin?

Mayor Dean Fortin, the City of Victoria, and the companies hired to design and construct the new Johnson Street bridge are heading to “Expedited” Mediation to resolve disputes over change orders and potential cost over runs. City of Victoria Spokesperson, Katie Hamilton, stated “Change order requests are not unusual in…