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Fair fees

Initial consultations are free.  Lerners offers pay if you win contingency fee structures according to the Law Society's mandated template & rules, in force as of July 1, 2021.

The legal fees that Steven Polak charges differ based on the stage of the litigation and are listed below.  




Car accident injury: You receive approved Income Replacement, Non-earner Benefits, Medical Benefits, Expense payment, Death, Funeral, Educational Benefits or Attendant Care Benefits from your Accident Benefits insurance carrier

LTD DENIAL: Your insurer approves the appeal you are working on before we file a claim or approves you after a demand letter from our firm before we file a claim

The fee will be [0%]

We settle disputed accident benefits or a lump sum settlement of your accident benefits before a hearing

The fee will be [25%] + HST

We settle your Tort case before the examination for discovery and mediation 

The fee will be [25%] + HST

We settle your Tort case before the mediation, but after or during the discovery

The fee will be [28%] + HST
We settle your Tort case after the mediation but before the discovery

The fee will be [27%] + HST

We settle your Tort case during the Mediation settlement conference

The fee will be [28%] + HST

We settle your Tort case after the Mediation settlement conference but before the hearing

The fee will be [30%] + HST

Your Accident Benefits claim starts a hearing

The fee will [30%] + HST

The maximum percentage fee charged by Lerners LLP is 33%, but can often be lower (please see above). The fees will typically range from 20% for certain early settlements, up to 30% for settlements prior to a hearing. Fees during a hearing are more complex and involve amounts calculated based on costs awarded by Judge.

Fair Fees

In Long-Term Disability Denial cases, I try to reach an agreement that makes sense for my client as well as my firm.  I have, in some past cases, waived my fees where a client’s long-term disability denial has been reversed after the insurer reviews their file upon receiving an initial letter from my office notifying them of a claim.

I also will never pressure you to take a “cash out” in long term disability claims.  It is a reality in these types of claims that a lawyer will often receive more money for his fee if he negotiates a “cash out” instead of reinstatement (if the fee is calculated on a percentage of the recovery).  Sometimes the Long Term Disability carrier is only willing to cash out and will not reinstate short of being ordered to do so by a court.  When providing my client’s with their options, I will always include the fee scenarios as well, so that they have a full understanding and I will do my absolute best to provide general and long-term thoughts as well.  I have dissuaded clients from accepting a cash-out in the past, where I felt that it was in their best interests.

You want to trust your lawyer and, above all else, you want to find a lawyer that you are comfortable with.  Not every lawyer is right for every client, and not every client is right for every lawyer.  I don’t pressure clients to hire me, because I only want clients who are comfortable with their lawyer.  Despite the era of billboard, radio and tv ad lawyers, I still believe that, as lawyers, we have a basic set of values and professionalism to adhere to that goes beyond business.

Our law firm, Lerners LLP, has been around since 1929, has over 100 lawyers, the capital to invest in cases and a long and solid reputation.  Lerners LLP has been noted to be Canada’s largest group of personal injury lawyers.  We offer in home and hospital consultations across the Province.

The amount of the fee is usually agreed to at the beginning of the case, in the retainer agreement with your lawyer.  In certain cases, the amount of the fee can be reviewed and over-turned later.  If you are concerned about the fee that you are paying, it is better to look into this sooner than later.  This is especially true if you want to switch lawyers, since the old lawyer will want to be paid for some portion of the time that they have spent and it is better to do this earlier.

Consultations are free, and we are positioned to fund all up-front costs.

If you want to do your research and really consider what legal fee is fair you are free to contact us at in Oshawa, Whitby, Ajax, Durham at 905-409-2438. Feel free to call and ask “what legal fee is fair?”

Steven Polak is a personal injury lawyer in Toronto and Whitby, Ajax-Pickering Ontario representing victims of injury and death in car accidents, slip and falls, other mishaps, as well as long term disability denials.

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