Initial Consultation & Legal Fees
Mr. Bellissimo had a simple philosophy when he started this firm -treat each case as if it was your own life. To this day he insists on this philosophy and our staff do care. Our results reflect that commitment and passion.
We see hundreds of people each year and pride ourselves on the in-depth nature of our consultations. We employ a team approach to case evaluations to ensure we collect as much relevant information as possible in order to provide our clients with affordable, effective and lasting solutions.
Hours of Operation
Monday – Friday 9:00am – 6:00pm
Evening appointments are available upon request
On the date and time of your consultation you will speak with a member of our team and a preliminary intake may be conducted.
How much does the process cost?
At Bellissimo Law Group, we take great care to honour the legal principle of access to justice. Although our fees reflect the superb quality of work, we do our best to make our rates affordable for our clients.
Our fees will range based upon the nature and complexity of your case and the number of applications required to be made on your behalf.
Once your matter is carefully assessed during the case evaluation, specific fees will be available.
- Block fees
- Flexible payment plans
- Discounts on lump sum payments
- Acceptance of legal aid certificates
- We discount the consultation fee from your legal fees, should you retain our services.
There is great mythology surrounding legal fees, specifically that consultants charge lower fees, or that larger firms charge higher fees than smaller firms. The reality is that our fees are reflective of the complexity of your case.
Our goal is for all those who are in need of legal assistance in their immigration, refugee or citizenship matters to be able to afford this assistance.
Please call us today if you would like to schedule an appointment.
Legal Aid/Low Income
Bellissimo Law Group accepts legal aid certificates for certain cases.
For those who are low-income and need to speak with an Immigration lawyer, our team endeavours to assist people requiring representation as much as possible. Please contact our office and explain your immigration matter, and we will do our best to accommodate you.
We do this to ensure everyone has access to justice!
Does Bellissimo Law Group offer free consultations?
We see many people each week who are delighted with our consultations. They often thank us for finally helping them identify their issues, as many have seen other representatives before.
Given the in-depth case evaluations we provide, we do charge for our time. However if a client retains us to help with their immigration matter, the consultation fee will be applied to future legal fees if we are retained within 7 calendar days of the initial consultation and if a payment method other than credit card is used to pay the retainer fee.
Our consultation fee is non refundable.
Should I Hire a Lawyer to assist with my immigration process?
This is a personal decision.
We have a saying here at the firm: “stop worrying and start living”. What this really means is that you have to place trust in who you ask to represent you in this very important step in your life.
We have helped thousands over many years, and we are very good at what we do.
Leave the stress to us. We will be with you each step of the way. That is the kind of relationship we want to establish. Your role is to ensure we have the resources to meet the demands of your case. That will be an investment, but it will be money well spent.
What are my chances of success?
This is difficult to comment upon until your case is assessed.
Our team deals only with immigration, citizenship and refugee cases and has done so for decades. You can be assured we have handled a case similar to yours with success.
We must confirm the particulars of your case before we can give you the specifics. You want a full assessment and not a quick answer, as this is a big step in your life.
Have you had cases similar to mine where you have won?
We encourage you to explore our website for recent work we have done. View profiles of our staff and our firm and the many satisfied clients.
Why do I need to provide photo identification?
This is a mandatory requirement of the Law Society of Upper Canada – the body that regulates lawyers. We cannot meet with someone without knowing their identity
- Driver’s license
- Citizenship card
- Birth certificate
The Law Society of Upper Canada mandates the following in relation to client confidentiality:
2.03 (1) A lawyer at all times shall hold in strict confidence all information concerning the business and affairs of the client acquired in the course of the professional relationship and shall not divulge any such information unless expressly or impliedly authorized by the client or required by law to do so.
All clients of Bellissimo Law Group should rest assured that any information they divulge to Mario Bellissimo and his team will remain strictly confidential.
If you are unable to attend your consultation on the scheduled date and time, please provide us with at least 48 hours notice of cancellation. If we receive at least 48 hours notice of cancellation, you are able to reschedule your appointment within 7 days. If you do not reschedule your appointment in 7 days, or if you do not provide us with 48 hours notice of cancellation, we will be unable to guarantee that we can reschedule your consultation and you will not be issued a refund.
Kindly note that the consultation, unless otherwise consented to, is specific to only one matter and additional fees apply to discuss further matters. There is no defined length of time for the consultation, but it will not exceed one hour.
In your initial consultation, you may expect a preliminary review of issues and documents. Should you desire written legal opinions, additional fees will apply. Once we have scheduled an appointment, an e-mail confirmation will be sent to you for both e-mail inquiry clients and phone-in inquiry clients.
Bellissimo Law Group staff will ask your full name, phone number/e-mail address (we only need the e-mail address if we are scheduling an appointment), how you were referred to us, and all other applicable information on the calling record.
Method of Payment
We accept most forms of payment including:
- Interac e-Transfer
- VISA, AMEX, MASTERCARD
- Direct Deposit
We offer payment plans to clients, again to ensure everyone has access to justice. We offer lump sum discounts to reward those who pay all at once.