Services

Family Law

Not your parents’ divorce…

  • Families come in all shapes and sizes. There is no cookie cutter way to separate and we are here to find the solution that best meets your family’s needs. Our services include:
    • Parenting Plans (formerly “Custody & Access”)
    • Child & Spousal Support
    • Division of Marital and Non-Marital Property
    • Adoption
    • Self-Representation Packages
  • Collectively, our team has over 15 years of litigation experience and during that time we’ve learned the hard way that the court process benefits no one. Its adversarial nature is lengthy and costly, both financially and emotionally. So while we maintain litigation as an available service, we encourage clients to consider a more cooperative path forward.

Self Representation (Per Se Package)

Basic Child Support, Custody, and Access

While it is always preferable for individuals to have experienced legal counsel representing their interest, we understand that not everyone can afford legal representation and most do not qualify for Legal Aid Services.

Here at McCordic Law & Mediation, we recognize how intimidating the formal Court process can be, and we are prepared to assist with the preparation of documents, logistics, and providing direction on what is relevant to the Court, in the form of talking points.

Our Per Se package, offers some assistance and direction navigation the Court system.

Fee: $1,240.00 plus taxes (includes photocopying) = $1,426.00

Please note that this service is not recommended for complex custody, access or child support issues and payment arrangements can be discussed upon request.

You Will:

  1. Provide our firm with the requested information before your first meeting.
  2. Submit any documents to the Court for filing.
  3. Serve any Court documents upon the opposing party (our firm is prepared to do this but there will be an additional fee).
  4. Provide financial information, if applicable.

Required Financial Information (if applicable):

  1. Copy of Income Tax Returns OR Notices of Assessment for the last 3 years.
  2. Copy of proof of current income (pay stubs).
  3. Receipts for tutoring, daycare, medical/dental dues, etc…but only if you are seeking contribution of these costs from the opposing party.

We Will:

  1. Lawyer will conduct a 1st meeting (maximum 1 hour) with the client to obtain further information and answer questions.
  2. Prepare documents for filing with the Court.  This will include; Notice of Application, Notice of Motion, single Affidavit and Financial Statement.
  3. Swear all Court documents, where required.
  4. Provide sufficient copies required for the Court and service.
  5. Provide client with straight forward instructions on how to serve filed documents and we will prepare the Affidavit of Service.
  6. Prepare Record on Motion for the first Motion hearing.
  7. Right before Motion hearing, lawyer will conduct a 2nd and final meeting (maximum 45 minutes) with the client to provide talking points which will be prepared in advance.  Client will be provided with a printed copy of the talking points.
  8. If financial information is provided from the other party, we can provide divorce mate calculations, if applicable.

We Will Not:

  1. Go on record for the client.
  2. Attend any Court hearings.
  3. Answer/conduct lengthy phone or email communications.
  4. Engage in negotiations with opposing party or counsel for opposing party.

Criminal Law

This too shall pass…

  • With two former crown prosecutors on staff, we have a holistic understanding of the criminal justice system and are here to help you find the best path forward. We will treat you with dignity and help you close a difficult chapter. As part of our criminal and quasi-criminal services, we will:
    • Review your disclosure and advise you with respect to the strength of the Crown’s case and any available legal defences
    • Advise you with respect to your plea options
    • Enter pleas on your behalf
    • Prepare you for your trial or sentencing, taking into account your personal circumstances and highlighting any cultural considerations
    • Attend all court appearances to ensure your interests are represented

Appeals

Sometimes the Court gets it wrong…

  • In some very limited circumstances, trial level Courts make errors in their findings of fact or their application of the relevant law. The New Brunswick Court of Appeal is the highest court in the province that can review these decisions and grant remedies. Our appeals services include:
    • Reviewing your trial decision to determine whether there are any appealable grounds (errors of fact, errors of law, or errors of mixed fact and law)
    • Advising you as to your prospects of success at the Court of Appeal
    • Conducting a cost/benefit analysis of proceeding with an appeal
    • Ordering and reviewing the transcript of the trial division
    • Preparing the applicable documents
    • Attending court to argue the merits of the appeal

*Note: this service is time-sensitive and you must contact our office immediately upon receiving your trial decision if you wish to potentially pursue an appeal.


Real Estate

Turning a house into your home…

  • We offer residential real estate services for your purchase, sale, or refinance.

Wills & Estates

Never a better time to prepare…

  • We cannot stress enough the importance of preparing for the unexpected. Everyone should have a Power of Attorney in place in the event you are unable to make decisions with respect to your finances or personal care.
  • Similarly, we recommend the preparation of a Will to accurately reflect your wishes with respect to your assets and dependents upon passing.
  • If you are an organization looking to have Wills and/or Powers of Attorney prepared for multiple members, patrons, or patients, we can arrange on-site clinics at a time convenient for you.

Support Services

Amanda’s journey with her health has been a stark reminder of the physical and emotional costs of our system…

  • Our legal system is not easy to navigate and is not always intuitive. We understand the emotional toll of navigating this complex system. We can help prepare you to:
    • Be a witness in a trial*
      • What to expect during direct examination, cross-examination and re-direct
      • Techniques for staying calm and answering difficult questions
    • Navigate state involvement, including police, social workers, crown prosecutors and victim services
    • Strategic plan to best tell your story and have your voice heard
    • Represent yourself, if hiring a lawyer is not in your budget

*Note: if you already have a lawyer managing a private file, we cannot offer this service without your lawyer’s express written consent.


Workplace Investigations

  • Did you know that employers have an obligation to investigate harassment complaints in the workplace? Sometimes, businesses handle these complaints through an internal HR process. Other times however, there are conflicts of interest and businesses reach out to external investigators to ensure they receive an impartial opinion. That’s where we come in. As part of our workplace investigation services, we will:
    • Review complaints brought forward to employers
    • Conduct thorough investigations by interviewing all relevant witnesses
    • Prepare a report summarizing and assessing the evidence, making findings with respect to the complaint(s), and providing recommendations