The legal system can be complicated and confusing for someone unfamiliar with it, but legal professionals have specialized education, training, and experience to help navigate legal problems.
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The Law Society of Saskatchewan does not provide legal advice or referral to specific lawyers. If you need to speak with a lawyer, please use the “Find Legal Assistance” directory which contains members of the Law Society of Saskatchewan who are licensed to practice law. This directory has a number of search features to help you locate the assistance you need.
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If you have a legal problem, consider obtaining legal assistance. You may also wish to learn more about your legal problem by reading plain language information from the Public Legal Education Association of Saskatchewan.
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Some examples of when you should consider seeking legal assistance are:
Once you have determined that you need professional legal help, proceed promptly. You can get the most help if you are in touch with a legal professional as soon as possible.
A lawyer’s responsibility is to see that each client obtains the benefit of their legal rights and is aware of their legal obligations. The types of services a lawyer can provide include:
In delivering legal services, lawyers must:
Lawyers also provide limited scope legal services, but this may not be right for every person or every case. Limited scope legal service is when you hire a lawyer to handle only part of your case or do a specific task. You handle all other parts of the case yourself (i.e. you are self-represented).
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Additionally, some lawyers offer legal coaching. Legal coaching is a type of limited scope service where a lawyer helps you with strategies and tools to present your case as effectively as possible. Listen to the Law Society podcast episode on limited scope legal services for more information.
A lawyer providing limited scope legal services can:
You and the lawyer will agree in writing what tasks you are responsible for and what tasks the lawyer is responsible for.
Limited scope legal services can be a more affordable option because as a client you decide with your lawyer what services you will pay for, which are outlined in writing in a document called a retainer agreement (Model Retainer Agreement). This can help with price predictability and having access to tailored services.
It is important to think about whether limited scope legal services can work for you. Some questions to ask include:
The following questions can help you determine which lawyer is right for you based on their experience, their availability, and your budget.
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Use an initial meeting to decide how you feel about the lawyer and their approach to legal problems and whether you feel confident in their abilities. You don’t have to hire the first lawyer you meet. You can shop around and make sure that the fit between you and the lawyer is right.
If you agree to hire the lawyer, they may require that you sign a retainer agreement and for some types of services (e.g. limited scope) and fee arrangements (e.g. contingency) it is mandatory.
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A retainer agreement specifies the fees that you are going to be charged, and how often you will be required to pay. This agreement may also set out what will happen if you do not pay your lawyer when requested.
When it’s time to meet your lawyer, be sure to bring the documents and other materials that relate to your legal situation with you. During the meeting: