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(Please note, I do NOT accept referrals for this service from persons who are self represented. The referral for service MUST come from a lawyer.)
At times one or other party may be unsatisfied with their child custody and/or access assessment. An assessment critique offers a critical review of the assessment in view of standards of practice as set out within the professions of social work, psychology and psychiatry. Further the critique can provide comment on the reasonableness of recommendations in view of social science research on data provided within the assessment report.
More specifically, an assessment critique provided herein addresses such issues as:
The assessment critique, like the assessment, should be independent and unbiased. An assessment critique is not intended to provide a one-sided assessment. An assessment critique does not include re-interviewing either party, children or collateral contacts. An assessment critique may not find fault with the assessment, or even in view of fault, the assessment critique may still support the report or recommendations overall. An assessment critique does not guarantee therefore, an opinion contrary to that of the assessment or a finding of fault. Lastly the assessment critique doe NOT include meeting or interviewing either party subject to the assessment. The only material to be reviewed is the actual assessment.
agree that if Gary Direnfeld is called to Court or any other form of
meeting, or if he is asked for any report or documents, he shall be
compensated fully for all time required to prepare and attend, including
mileage @ $0.60/km, whether or not called upon by subpoena or by other
request and that this will be paid in advance by retainer as per the most
current fee schedule. Out of town travel and accommodation will also be
paid for in advance as well as a food allowance of $100.00/daily. Payment
is the responsibility of the person requesting and/or requiring court
attendance and/or meetings and/or reports/documents unless otherwise
agreed by the parties. Delivery of a report and/or other work may be
withheld pending receipt of any outstanding payment. Any
cost incurred to collect payment on an outstanding account balance shall
be added to the account and both party and lawyer may be held accountable
for payment. Further, Gary Direnfeld shall be entitled to retain
independent legal counsel and to be compensated for the cost thereof on a
substantial indemnity basis in circumstances where in his sole and
arbitrary determination, his integrity, independence, and quality of
service are called into question or in any circumstance where he is
required to attend and answer questions in accordance with any subpoena,
Order or any other request, whether requiring attendance in person or by
any other means such as correspondence, fax, email or telephone.
Assessment critiques require on average, 5 to 10 hours to complete, depending on the length of the assessment. In the event the assessment is deemed reasonable and appropriate, the report may be brief. If fault is found or issues raised, the report will provide detail. Alternative recommendations may be suggested.
As a social worker, I am respectful of people's different income levels. As such, the fee is set on a fee-for-service basis using a sliding scale that ranges from $150 - $400 per hour. The actual fee then is determined by your personal income, or may be determined by your assets. The fee will be charged for any time conferring with the lawyer as well as any activity directed to this service.
A retainer based on 10 hours of service at the respective rate, as per the fee schedule below, is required prior to commencing. Billing will be on basis of actual time spent on any activity related to the assessment critique service, charged at the rate as per the fee schedule below, plus HST. If less time is taken than covered by the retainer, a refund will be issued. If more time is required than covered by the retainer, you will be required to provide additional funds before the assessment critique process is concluded. The final report can be withheld pending payment of account balance.
Please note, the contract for the assignment of an assessment critique is with and through the lawyer. Any non-payment of funds will be the responsibility of the lawyer regardless of payer.
Third Party Payments (EAP and other Benefit Providers):
Pleased be advised that I do not accept payment by third party payers (benefit or EAP providers) whatsoever. People are directly responsible for payment of services as per the information above at the time of service. A receipt will be provided with which persons can seek reimbursement from their EAP or benefit provider. I take no responsibility for your reimbursement. Reimbursement remains a matter between you and your benefit or EAP provider.
If you do seek reimbursement through your benefit or EAP provider and I am called to verify the charge, I will do so with your implied consent. My disclosure will be limited to advising of my credentials as well as verifying the billing information, service provided and persons served. Please note, assessment is a clinical-legal service and may not be covered. No information regarding the nature or content of information discussed will be provided without signed consent, for which you will be charged as per the time required.
Direnfeld, MSW, RSW
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