What is a legal coach?
If you are a self-represented litigant, you might still need a bit of legal advice from time to time. Booking one or two hours with a legal coach, when you need it, can help you navigate the murky waters of a family law dispute.
A legal coach can help you with any of the following:
Summary legal advice;
Knowing your rights;
Developing a legal strategy;
Understanding and responding to correspondence from opposing counsel;
Filling out the correct court forms;
Drafting applications, affidavits, and briefs;
Preparing speaking notes for court, mediation, or arbitration; and
Coaching prior to court appearances
You can book as much or as little time as you need with your coach, and the more you work with them, the better they know your case.
Why use a legal coach
A legal coach is a great option for people who don’t require the full suite of services that a lawyer can provide, but who might need advice in their legal matter from time to time. It is an affordable option to pay for an hour of a lawyers’ time to understand the letter and make sense of the legalese and help you craft a response that will protect your rights. Good advice and a bit of support goes a long ways to helping you be your own advocate.
How it works:
Contact our office, or send us a brief email with the following information:
Your contact information;
The name of your spouse or ex-spouse;
A brief description of your legal matter; and
What kind of help you are looking for.
We will respond as soon as we are able to, to set up an appointment.
Before you arrive for your coaching session, our office may ask you to provide legal or financial documents – depending on what you are trying to accomplish. Please try to have those prepared for your meeting so that you can get the most out of it.
We will keep your information on file, so if you need a follow-up appointment, we can pick up right where we left off.
is it confidential?
Absolutely. Even though your legal coach won't go on record as your lawyer, anything you discuss will still be covered by solicitor/client privilege.
How much does it cost?
Your needs and budget will determine how much legal coaching you receive. We do charge a minimum of one hour for legal coaching sessions. You may also be required to pay additional fees for photocopying, filing, or serving documents
Your legal coach
Stephanie A. Weidmann joined the Swiftsure Law Team in the summer of 2020 as John D. Nelson’s articled student. Stephanie is Swiftsure Law's resident legal coach, with a Bachelor of Communications from Mount Royal University and a Juris Doctorate from Thompson Rivers University, Stephanie brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Swiftsure Law Team.
She has worked with leading scholars on the issue of Trans Legal Rights, and has published an article and assisted the guest editor of a special issue of the Canadian Journal of Law and Society on legal issues facing Trans folks in Canada. She is the recipient of the Grace McDonell Scholarship for her commitment to enhancing the diversity of Canadian society. Stephanie’s sense of humour and vibrant personality are a pleasure to work with. She is a tenacious and intelligent advocate; she shines in the courtroom while also maintaining a gentle touch for negotiation.
To discuss how Stephanie can help you with legal coaching, please book a consult with today:
"I wanted to take the time to thank you and to congratulate you for your excellent work. You were very well prepared, energetic and your communication with the mediator was excellent. I really felt that what is in my best interest was articulated and pushed forward with confidence and finesse to put the mediator on our side.