About Our Firm
At Lewis & Associates, we recognize that Family Law is unique. The Department Head, Nancy Deskin will always strive for resolutions before conflict. In most legal disputes, the relationship between the parties ends with the legal proceeding. One party wins, the other loses. This is clearly not the case when the dispute revolves around a family. When children are involved, the relationship will continue well after the dispute is legally resolved. You will, after all, spend many more years parenting your children together.
It is vital that this fact be kept in mind at all times during the separation and divorce proceess. A true “win” in Family Law only happens when the matter is resolved without a winner or loser.
As such, we provide more than basic legal counsel. We offer you perspective on your rights and obligations. We counsel you on the approach that’s best suited to help you move forward through this difficult time.
MEET OUR TEAM
FIRST STEPS – Consultation
In our initial consultation we make sure:
- You get all your questions answered regarding where you stand, your rights, your obligations, the legal process, parenting plan options, child/spousal support and division of property.
- We understand your particular situation in order to give you the best counsel possible. The sooner we have a complete understanding, the quicker we can provide you with the various options available to you to resolve your situation.
We know this is an emotional time – however, due diligence and information gathering is key. You will need to brief us on the chronology of your relationship so we can have a full picture of your family situation. Everyone’s family is different. So to best represent you, we have to have full details of your family life from the specifics about child care arrangements to complete disclosure regarding your financial affairs. We recommend that you bring any and all financial documents you can to the initial consultation so that we can together accomplish our two main goals.
- Property deeds
- RRSP statements
- Stocks and bonds statements
- Bank account statements
- Mortgage and loan documents
- Lease agreements
- Credit card statements
- Monthly budget
- Income tax returns for the last 3 years
- Notices of assessment for the last 3 years
Your participation is crucial – we can provide the counsel and expertise on your rights and the law only if you provide the understanding of your family dynamics and what’s best for them as a whole.
THE PROCESS – what to expect
Generally speaking, Family Law resolution is not a quick process. We assure you we’ll do everything possible to resolve your matrimonial affairs as expeditiously as possible.
We respond to phone calls within 24 hours and schedule meetings within the week they are requested. Our goal is to move your matter along as quickly as possible while ensuring that your legal fees are not excessive. We are thorough and always keep the client’s best interests in mind.
We cannot guarantee your spouse or spouse’s counsel will provide the same quick response time. Therefore, unless both parties have agreed to all issues from the outset, a resolution could take some time.