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Have your Statement of Defence drafted by a Good Lawyer, just for you.

$1,500 (+ tax)

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A Statement of Defence is a legal document filed with the Courts after someone initiates a lawsuit against you with a Statement of Claim. A Statement of Defence indicates that you deny the claim and the remedy proposed in the plaintiff’s Statement of Claim, and explains the legal basis for your decision. It indicates that the issue will need to be settled inside or outside of court and is sometimes filed alongside a Counterclaim if you believe that you are entitled to compensation for damages.

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Why book a Statement of Defence?

Stand up for yourself. Some people or companies use lawsuits as a weapon to threaten and bully others in the hopes that they will choose to settle outside of court. A Statement of Defence demonstrates the legal basis for refusing this threat. 

Work together. Working with a Good Lawyer means working with a partner who wants the best for you. You’ll have a trustworthy guide to help you navigate the situation.

Get the best possible result. Litigation can have profound consequences, for better or for worse, and the most important decisions occur when creating the Statement of Defence. It’s not a good time to DIY.

What's covered in a Statement of Defence?

First, you'll have a kick-off call with your Good Lawyer to discuss your current situation. After the call, your lawyer will carefully complete your Statement. They will share a copy of the final document.

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1. Project kick-off call to gather information, advise you, and answer questions

2. One customized Statement of Defence

3. One round of minor revisions if necessary

How does a Statement of Defence work?

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1. Book a kick-off call

Pick a time to discuss your Statement of Defence with a Good Lawyer.

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2. Design your Statement

Help your lawyer understand the situation and the goals of your statement. Your lawyer will determine what wording you need in your Statement of Defence and draft something tailored to your needs.

3. Your Statement will be filed.

Your lawyer will file the Statement of Defence on your behalf.

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Get your paperwork done the easy way so you can get back to running your business.

Frequently asked questions

Is the procedure the same provincially and federally?

For the most part, yes. The exact names of the documents involved can be different and filing fees can vary, but the procedure is generally similar. Your lawyer will inform you of these differences during your kickoff call.

Do I need to file a Statement of Defence?

No, you have three options when you receive a Statement of Claim. First, you can file a Demand for Notice, which means you accept the terms outlined in the Statement of Claim and will pay the remedy outside of court. Second, you can file a Statement of Defence, and third, you can file a Statement of Defence AND a Counterclaim if you feel like you are entitled to compensation for damages related to the situation. Options 2 and 3 both mean there will be further litigation in court.

What happens after the Statement is filed?

Either yourself or the Courts will arrange for the Statement of Defence to be delivered. The plaintiff will receive your Statement of Defence and will need to either drop their case or continue court proceedings. You will be notified of their decision.

How long do Statements of Defence take to draft?

Typically, from the time of your kick-off call you can expect to have your Statement of Defence within one week. Lawyers give these documents a high priority because courts generally enforce strict time limits on responses to Statements of Claim. The sooner you can engage a lawyer to draft your Statement of Defence, the better.

Will my lawyer file my Statement of Defence?

Yes, your lawyer will file the Statement on your behalf. They will also pay the filing fees, which will be added to the total price at the end of the service. These fees typically range from $50 to $200 and depend on which province and registry the Statement is filed in. The good news is that a successful Defence may be able to transfer these expenses and fees to the plaintiff, meaning this cost may be reimbursed later.

Do I need a lawyer in my city?

It is highly recommended that you work with a local lawyer since you may need to go to court after the Statement of Defence is filed. It will be easier to continue with the lawyer who filed the Statement rather than switching lawyers before going to court.

Are there any resources to help me improve my business?

Yes! We have an extensive library of small business resources ranging from templates, small business tips and tricks, business law, contract law and intellectual property. Check out our blog!

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