Justin W. Anisman is an Employment Lawyer and principal of Anisman Law. Justin advises both companies and individuals in all aspects of employment law including wrongful dismissal, human rights and discrimination.
I receive a lot of calls and questions from people across Ontario wondering whether they should hire an employment lawyer after they’ve been fired, or to review a severance package. Like calling the police after you’ve been robbed or your insurance agent after a fire, it is almost always a good idea to hire an employment lawyer.
For this reason, I’ve put together an infographic containing 6 benefits of hiring an employment lawyer so that you can be assured that you’re making the right decision. As a bonus, I’ve set out some questions you should ask when trying to choose the employment lawyer that is right for you.
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The Six Benefits of Hiring an Employment Lawyer
- Receive support and guidance needed to navigate complex employment laws and procedures.
- Be informed of your legal rights to termination pay, severance pay, health and dental benefits, bonuses, commissions and other entitlements that your former employer may owe you.
- Let your employment lawyer manage your claim and negotiations so that you can focus on the future.
- Obtain fair compensation and get treat ethically in your negotiations with your former employer.
- Experience to start and manage a lawsuiot, if required. Although a friendly and quick settlement is the goal, be reassure that you have options if you’re being treat unfairly.
- Require your former employer to deal with your employment lawyer so that you can avoid the stress and anxiety that come from the numerous communications and discussions after your termination.
How to Choose and Employment Lawyer?
- Call a few different legal professionals and speak with the lawyer that will be handling your directly on a day to day basis.
- Book a time to meet with them, either in person, virtually, or over the telephone.
- Ask them:
- How much they charge, either per hour, or per case.
- About their experiences with your type of case.
- To estimate how much their services will cost for handling your case.
- Whether you will be billed on a monthly basis or at the end of your case.
- if you will have to pay for anything else above and beyond their fees.
If you have questions about how lawyers charge for legal fees or how I charge, check out my page on Legal Fees for answers to your questions.
For more information on hiring a lawyer or paralegal generally, take a look at the official source from the Law Society of Ontario here: Choosing the Right Legal Professional.