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Our Rates

For some clearly defined matters, we are able to quote flat fees – for example, we would be pleased to quote fixed fees for the incorporation and organization of either federal or provincial corporations.  We also offer cost-saving annual maintenance packages – see below.


Unless we agree to a fixed fee in advance of performing services on your behalf, our fees will be determined using the following criteria:


  • the actual time spent by us on your behalf, based on our hourly rates;


  • the complexities of the issues and the amounts involved;


  • the results accomplished;


  • the extent to which the expertise of our firm contributed to a successful outcome;


  • the degree and type of resistance encountered from other parties; and


  • the extent to which any work needs to be performed on an emergency or urgent basis or outside of normal business hours.


Our current hourly rates are as follows:


  • Legal Assistant – $180


  • Law Clerk – $240


  • Licensed Paralegal – $240


  • Junior Partner / Associate Lawyer – $280


  • Partner  – $450


Corporate Annual Maintenance – Great New Plans and Pricing


Although the benefits of having a corporation are numerous (such as limited liability and tax planning), these benefits come with obligations, not the least of which is proper record-keeping.


One of the most common problems we see in our practice is a failure to keep the necessary records on a timely basis.  These failures usually come to light during or before an audit (such as corporate tax), in the course of a transaction (such as a financing or sale) or when there is an internal dispute (such as between shareholders).  When these failures come to light, it is usually far more costly to “recreate” the necessary records than it would have been to create them along the way.  In some circumstances, it can become impossible to recreate the necessary records, such as when one of the principals is no longer available, perhaps due to death or disappearance.


A good starting point is keeping on top of regular annual business.  In order to comply with most corporate legislation, the directors of a corporation must call an annual meeting of the shareholders of the corporation.  Although the timelines differ slightly by jurisdiction, in Ontario, the annual meeting must be held within 18 months following the corporation’s date of incorporation and thereafter within 15 months following the previous annual meeting, but not later than six (6) months after the end of the corporation’s preceding financial year.


Before an annual meeting of shareholders can be held, the directors must approve the financial statements for submission to the shareholders.  It is also a good idea to have directors confirm shareholder loans and deal with any other changes.  At the meeting of shareholders, the shareholders should re-elect directors and confirm the accountant/auditor.  After the shareholder meeting, the new board should re-appoint officers for the ensuing year.


The corporate legislation also provides that the Corporation must have its financial statements audited unless the shareholders consent in writing to an exemption for  a particular year.


In addition, bonuses and dividends must be passed by resolutions of the board of directors in order to be valid.


We can provide minutes of meetings or written resolutions dealing with all of the matters required to be covered by a Corporation on an annual basis.  Moreover, we have two plans for doing so:


1.     Basic – Our standard fee for preparing annual minutes and resolutions for a business corporation is $299 plus $50 for each resolution pertaining to bonuses or dividends and additional work will be completed at our regular hourly rates.

2.     Ultimate Annual Plan – Under our ultimate annual plan, clients pre-pay $599 at the start of each financial year, which covers all of the annual business, bonuses, and dividends for one fiscal year, but also includes all of the following for that fiscal year (any disbursements, like filing fees, are extra):


  • Changes in directors or number of directors;


  • Changes in officers or titles;


  • Changes in registered office;


  • Notice of change re changes in registered office, officers or directors;


  • Changes in by-laws;


  • Amendments to articles (not related to transactions);


  • Business name registrations and renewals;


  • PPSA renewals and notices for security in favour of principals;


  • Renewals of certificates of authorization for professional corporations;


  • Legal advice related to any of the foregoing; and


  • Online access to all minute book documents.


If you are interested in subscribing to one of our annual plans, please give us a call.

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