How much does it cost for us to represent you during a Good Character Investigation or Hearing?

The earlier you contact us in the process, preferably prior to filing your application, the easier it is to mitigate the cost. Fees can range from $295 to ten thousand dollars depending on the situation and if the matter goes to a full hearing. We can discuss your options, costs and timeline at your free...
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Some examples of potential events or conduct that you should disclose are: Past discipline from another regulator Dismissal from a previous job Criminal offences Past Judgments Bankruptcy or Consumer proposal This list is not exhaustive and it is best to contact Michelle Haigh to discuss your specific situation
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While the Law Society of Ontario may issue your license, if they uncover or are informed of your past misconduct at a later date you will automatically be the subject of a good character investigation and most likely a good character hearing. It will be more difficult to defend yourself at this stage. The application...
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It is better to always disclose and address any misconduct. If you omit something, even if in error, it appears that you may have deliberately misled the Law Society of Ontario. You may need to address more than the past conduct and explain why you answered questions in your application incorrectly. Sometimes the Law Society...
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If you do not respond to correspondence from the Law Society regarding your problem of good character, or if you do not provide the documents or information requested by the investigator assigned to your case within the prescribed time, your license application could be considered abandoned. You will not be able to make another claim unless...
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The Law Society Act provides that a licence may only be refused after a hearing by the Hearing Division of the Law Society Tribunal.
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At the hearing, the Law Society bears the initial burden of proving that the conduct disclosed or alleged calls into question the plaintiff’s good character. It is then up to the applicant to prove that he is of good moral character. The panel presiding over the hearing will consider the following factors in considering the applicant’s...
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In the licensing application, an applicant must answer questions that assist the Law Society in determining whether the applicant is of good character. These questions allow applicants to self-report conduct or circumstances that may raise issues about their character. Self-reporting includes providing full and detailed information about the issues and providing any supporting documentation. If...
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Under s. 27(4) of the Law Society Act , an application for a license can only be refused after a hearing by the Law Society Tribunal, Trial Division. Therefore, at the end of the investigation, it will be determined whether your license application should proceed to a hearing or whether the issue(s) of good character should be considered...
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To be licensed as a lawyer or a paralegal in Ontario, the Law Society Act requires that an applicant be of “good character.”  The good character requirement is ongoing, applying to applicants throughout their licensing term. The good character requirement is intended to protect the public and maintain high ethical standards in the professions by ensuring that...
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