Jennifer Lau
Jennifer J. Lau
B.A. (Hons.), LL.B., Acc.FM (OAFM)
 
Family Lawyer & Accredited Family Mediator

Hello, my name is Jennifer. 

I have been advocating for family law clients since 2007, in various settings from legal aid clinics to prominent boutique family law firms in York Region.  I believe in promoting settlement and reducing conflict wherever possible.  I was called to the bar in Ontario in 2008 and added collaborative practice to my work in 2009.  I became accredited in family mediation in 2014.  

In addition to my work in private practice, I have been a Duty Counsel and Advice Counsel lawyer at the Newmarket Courthouse since 2015, where I give self-represented people quick and useful advice regarding their family law issues with the help of funding by Legal Aid Ontario. 

I am now offering family law advice and strategy sessions on an "unbundled" or "limited scope" basis outside of the courthouse, with no long-term retainers and no hidden fees. 

 

Here's why...

For most of my years in practice, I represented family law clients through traditional lawyer retainers and legal aid certificates.  I have helped ex-spouses and ex-partners go from being unable to look at each other, to communicating in a neutral or positive manner.  I have represented clients before judges in courtrooms across southern Ontario, from downtown Toronto to Bracebridge, from Kitchener to Belleville, and almost every courthouse in between. 

I have helped clients negotiate, mediate, and settle family law disputes ranging from standard parenting arrangements to possible child abduction cases, and from dividing the pots and pans to million-dollar business and pension assets.  But lawyers' fees add up very quickly, and these types of long-term, on-going files are extremely stressful for everyone involved.  Not everyone can afford to have a lawyer hold their hand through the whole process.  Not everyone wants it, or needs it. 

I kept dreaming about how I could make things easier, cheaper, and better for regular people facing family law issues.  

What I dreamt about bringing to life was this:  a service that offers hourly-based consultations for people who need legal advice, without asking for a huge retainer just to open their file.  A service that is easy to book, with a lawyer who listens to clients and offers spot-on advice at a fair price. 

 

A service where the client takes the lead in his or her own case, and the lawyer is there with information, advice, and support as the client needs it. 

So here I am, bringing this dream to life.  Let's make it happen.

I look forward to working with you. 

Jennifer