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Orlando da Silva Santos B.A. (1978) J.D. (1982) M.B.A. (1982) has over three decades of practical experience in family law practice in Ontario. He is the founder of Santos Law Firm. In addition to the Family Law Practice, Santos Law Firm also provides services in the following areas of law:
1. Wills and Estates and
2. Solicitor services in:
i. real estate
ii. corporate & commercial law, and
For information on our wills, living wills, probate and estate services, visit bramptonprobate.com
For information on notary public and commissioner of oaths services, visit bramptonnotary.com
In addition to his law practice Orlando da Silva Santos is a blogger at glucoserx.com, a website focused on type 2 diabetes science, life extension research and nutrition solutions for metabolic disorders.
Ours is a family practice - we cater to the day-to-day needs of people like you!
Collaborative family law solutions involve putting away your difference for a greater good. By using a team approach that seeks a friendly co-operative process that allows you - the client - to be in control of your future, and permits you and your partner - not a judge - to decide on what makes sense for you, collaborative solutions offer the possibility of solutions without litigation.
Out of Court resolution of Family Law Dispute is the present and the future. Bill C-78, the federal government’s 190-page proposed changes to Canada’s Divorce Act places alternative dispute resolution in family law disputes where it belongs: as central, recommended and a priority. The bill proposes to impose a duty on litigants to “try to resolve the matters that may be the subject of an order under this Act” through an out-of-court “family dispute resolution process,” including mediation, negotiation or collaborative law. Meanwhile, lawyers and other legal advisers must encourage their clients to settle matters using the same methods, unless the circumstances of the case render it “clearly” inappropriate. Why wait for the law to change?
Considering your options? Consider the collaborative approach, avoiding litigation, preferring communication and opting for out of court solutions.
We can help!
When you reach the end of the road, and both of you are ready for a divorce, we offer Collaborative Divorce Solutions that start at $799
This service is ideal for those who want the assistance of a lawyer at the end of the separation process, and the only thing needed is the Divorce Order.
In addition to the legal fees, you can expect to pay the following additional out-of-pockets:
Application Filing Fee: $170
Divorce Motion Filing Fee: $280
Divorce Certificate: $19
Clerk Filing Fees; $125
Tax inclusive total: $1,750*
We offer an installment plan option: $267/month over seven months
Time lines: normally 4 to 6 months, depending on difficulty of service.
* Personal or Substitutional Service is additional:
$150 to $450 in legal fees, plus disbursements necessarily incurred
(fees quoted depend on type of service of the documents required)
Getting married in Ontario, and one of the people is divorced outside of Canada?
To obtain your marriage license, you will need to complete an application that includes submitting an opinion from a lawyer that the prospective groom or bride has a divorce order that is recognized in Ontario and you are free to marry.
Orlando da Silva Santos offers a divorce opinion service.
A foreign divorce opinion starts at $349*
For divorces from Portuguese and Spanish speaking countries, we also provide a translation and notarization service, all in one office!
* plus HST. Prices subject to adjustment depending on complexity.
When making a decision about which attorney to hire, one consideration should be what the lawyer's services will cost. If a client's financial resources are limited and there isn't the risk of a devastating loss in a case, he or she may wish to consider a lawyer who charges moderate fees like Orlando da Silva Santos.
Lawyers also vary in their fee arrangements. Often, this will depend upon the types of services being provided. The most common forms of billing include flat fees, contingent fees, retainer fees, hourly rates, and variable contingent fees.
A flat fee is a dollar amount that the lawyer and the client agree on before the work begins.
Many lawyers favor the flat fee approach because it is a simple transaction and because the fee is paid up front. The lawyer identifies an amount of work that the case will require and calculates a reasonable fee based on the time and effort involved.
Uncontested divorces are offered at $799 + Disbursements (see above for details).
Separation Agreements and pre-nuptial agreements start at $1,500, and in some case are offered on a flat fee basis.
An hourly rate is a predetermined amount chargeable for the lawyer's work. The lawyer and client may agree that these fees be paid periodically or in one lump sum at the end of the case. The time that the lawyer charges for legal work is called billable time, or billable hours.
Hourly rates vary, depending on whether it is the lawyer, the paralegal, or the legal assistant working on the matter. Currently our hourly rates range from $125 for a dedicated legal assistant to $325 for lawyer services.
Pro Bono Legal Representation
The term pro bono means "for the good." In practice, pro bono describes free legal work.
In some cases, we offer free legal work is offered for those of extremely limited means.
Limited Retainer Services - Unbundled Services
Another popular alternative is the limited retainer: pay for what you need. In this situation, the law firm is asked to act in a limited way (drafting a document, for example), while the client retains overall control of their file. In certain cases, we can offer limited retainer drafting services.
Contingent fee arrangements cannot be used in family and divorce cases.