Self-Rep Navigators

Welcome to the Self-Rep Navigators, an association of independent lawyers dedicated to helping self-represented litigants.

Our lawyers offer limited scope retainers in family law, civil litigation and estates.  Click here for a list of our lawyers.

Traditional retainer agreements with full-blown representation and billable hours is not for everyone. We are dedicated to delivering legal services based on limited representation and predictable fees.


How we began: Heather’s story

Before becoming a lawyer, Heather Hui-Litwin was a client and a self-represented litigant in a lengthy civil lawsuit. She understands the stress and challenges of being a litigant. When she was a self-represented litigant, Heather searched for lawyers who would provide consultations without success. While there are summary advice clinics, these are only offered to those with low income. That left Heather with little choice: either retain a lawyer outright or go through the lawsuit alone with no help.

Heather Hui-Litwin and Mick Hassell at the TAG (The Action Group on Access to Justice) Symposium in Toronto, September 2015.

As a result of her experience, Heather supports limited scope retainer services, where one can hire a lawyer for a specific task, such as a consultation, drafting a document or representation at a specific Court appearance without the cost and commitment of full representation. However, Heather also realizes that the provision of limited scope retainers is a new way of doing things for lawyers, one that has its own challenges.

Heather thought it would be a great idea to create an association for lawyers who offer limited scope retainer services. She met trial lawyer Mick Hassell who shared the same interest in access to justice. Their goal is that through the association, there will be increasing awareness for lawyers and the public regarding limited scope retainers.






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