Outside General Counsel Service
On-demand legal support to your business - We respond proactively to your day-to-day needs. Monthly plans for Canadian small businesses.

Outside General Counsel™ Service

At Evolink Law, we pride ourselves in taking the lead to offer more innovative legal services in Canada. We empathize with Canadian small and medium business owners, we understand entrepreneurs' legal needs. As such, we launch the Outside General Counsel™ Program to make legal services more affordable and accessible. By subscribing to our Outside General Counsel™ Program, you have our lawyer on call to answer your immediate legal concerns. Once we are retained, we develop intimate knowledge of your business, allowing us to better address your legal problems. We see legal services an organic and interactive link between you and us. 

From the moment you subscribe to our Outside General Counsel™ service, you no longer need to frown at the thought of finding a lawyer.
We will be your outside general counsel. An in-time legal advice could be your business-saver. 

Best Value for new business

Startup

$699 / mo

Dedicated lawyers' time per month
3 hours
Legal Risk Management Review
Annual legal risk management review with a lawyer to minimize legal risks for your business
Regular updates on law
Regular updates on law that affects your business to improve legal compliance
Exclusive Rates on further legal work
Exclusive rates for clients of our Outside General Counsel™ Program
Unused hours rollover
Not Applicable

Healthy growth of your business

Growing Business

$1099 / mo

Dedicated lawyers' time per month
5 hours
Legal Risk Management Review
Annual legal risk management review with a lawyer to minimize legal risks for your business
Regular updates on law
Regular updates on law that affects your business to improve legal compliance
Exclusive Rates on further legal work
Exclusive rates for clients of our Outside General Counsel™ Program
Unused hours rollover
Up to 2 hours rollover to the next month

Tailored to your needs

Customized Enterprise Premium

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Dedicated lawyers' time per month
Starting from 6 hours
Tailored to your legal requirements
Plan specifically designed to fit your business's needs
Flexible fee structure
Fee structure that maximizes flexibility
Legal Risk Management Review
Annual legal risk management review with a lawyer to minimize legal risks for your business
Regular updates on law
Regular updates on law that affects your business to improve legal compliance

FAQ of our Outside General Counsel™ Program

What is Outside General Counsel™?

An outside general counsel is a lawyer offering on-demand legal services to the business without the expense of employing a full-time general counsel. Similar to an in-house counsel, our Outside General Counsel™ can perform a wide range of legal work for the corporation based on the client's directions. Many small and medium businesses have legal issues that require attention but refrain from seeking legal advice due to high legal costs. Our Outside General Counsel™ Program allows small business owners to access legal services at a reasonable rate. Entrepreneurs will be able to make an informed business decision.

This is my first time retaining a lawyer. In what ways can I benefit from joining Outside General Counsel™ Program?

Legal issues arise in business context on a day-to-day basis, ranging from a question on employment contract to drafting an agreement for a substantial business deal. Small business owners often hesitate about seeking help from lawyers due to cost constraint. As lawyers with an entrepreneural spirit, we understand how a timely legal advice can assist you making the right business decision.

Our Outside General Counsel™ Program allows you to have constant legal support from us, without the cost of hiring a full-time in-house lawyer at your company. Our plans are priced at a reasonable rate to ensure it is affordable for you.

How is this Program different from hiring a lawyer on an hourly basis?

Compared to hiring a lawyer on a task-based basis, joining our Outside General Counsel™ Program ensures that you receive advice from someone who knows and understands your business and values. Once we are retained, we will develop intimate knowledge of your company. We are committed to providing pragmatic and quality legal services based on your business model.

Our lawyers are reachable in person, through phone, emails and our online consultation system. We aim to offer advice on-demand, anywhere and anytime.

How long is the commitment term for the Outside General Counsel™ Program?

The minimum commitment term (contract term) for the Outside General Counsel Program is 6 months while the maximum commitment term is 12 months. During the commitment term, we promise the monthly rate will remain the same. 

Which type of Outside General Counsel™ Program is best for me?

We currently have three types of plans available, which are designed to suit companies with different levels of demand of legal services. 

If you have a start-up company, we recommend the "Startup" Program which allows you to access our legal services without breaking the bank. 

For companies with a more established business, we recommend the "Growing Business" or the "Customized Enterprise Premium" Program which gives you more legal support and flexibility.

What services are covered under the Outside General Counsel™ Program?

The Outside General Counsel™ Program generally covers five major areas of legal services:

General Legal Services

Managing a business requires close attention to every details of the company's operations. By acting as your Outside General Counsel™, we take away the legal concerns from you so that you can focus more on developing the business itself. We will free you from tedious legal work.

  • Assist in preparing annual maintenance documents for the company 
  • On-demand legal consultation - via phone, email, e-consultation or meeting in person

Negotiating, drafting and reviewing agreements

Regardless of the size of your company, businesses enter into contracts on an almost daily basis. Renting a new office space, signing up with a new supplier, selling service to your customers - all require an agreement. We will wholeheartedly safeguard your rights and negotiate in your best interests. Examples of agreements include:

  • Supply Agreements
  • Distribution Agreements
  • Commercial lease
  • Customer Agreements
  • Non-disclosure Agreements / Non-compete Agreements
  • Shareholders' Agreements
  • Intellectual Property Agreements

Employment matters

Human resources is an essential asset of every company. We bring you a wealth of employment legal experience and knowledge. 

  • Preparing Employment Agreement
  • Advice on employment and termination
  • Establish employment policy in compliance with the laws and regulations
  • Drafting Confidentiality Agreement

Intellectual Property and Technology Law

With our expertise in intellectual property and technology law, we are able to advise on Intellectual Property management, internet and anti-spam laws. Proper legal advice on technology matters enable your business to achieve more in the digital age.

  • Advice on copyright, trademark, industrial designs and patent
  • Intellectual Property Strategy and Management
  • Negotiating and drafting agreement for IP transactions
  • Drafting Privacy Policy and Website's Terms of Use
  • Advice on Anti-Spam law (CASL)

Corporate Governance

By introducing good corporate governance into your company, your company will be able to improve accountability and transparency of the board of directors. This leads to better management of resources and higher performance of the company. Our corporate governance services include:

  • Ensure compliance with the Articles of Incorporation
  • Preparing various types of shareholders and directors' resolutions in accordance with the laws
  • Advising board members of their duties to the company
  • Drafting corporate governance documents, such as any necessary amendment to the Articles of Incorporation and the company's by-laws
  • Reviewing the corporate governance structure with the board of directors to achieve better internal management 

Our services do not cover any litigation matters. Litigation is any lawsuit or other proceedings to a court or tribunal to resolve a dispute. However, by subscribing to our Outside General Counsel™ Program, you will be entitled to a discounted rate for any litigation matter. Please contact us for further details.

How do I subscribe to the Outside General Counsel™ Program?

Simply submit your information to us by clicking "I am interested". You will be directed to a page requesting for preliminary information. Upon receiving information from you, we will conduct a conflicts check in our system within 2 business days to ensure no conflicts of interest in our representation.

After completing the conflicts check, we will set up an appointment to meet you in person. During the meeting, we will answer any further questions you may have regarding the Program. An agreement will be provided to you for your review and signature. 

How do I pay for the Outside General Counsel™ Program?

The Program's fee will be charged on a monthly basis under a pre-authorized payment mechanism. We accept e-transfer, cheque, cash and credit cards. The prices listed on this page do not include applicable taxes and disbursements (expenses) paid on your behalf to a third-party (e.g. filing fees, search fees charged by the Registry). Any disbursement incurred on behalf of you will be charged to your next monthly bill. 

We strive to keep your legal costs reasonable. Therefore, we do not charge the following disbursements under our Outside General Counsel™ Program.

  • Photocopying
  • Scanning
  • Fax
  • Printing
  • Travelling within 20 kms of Burnaby
  • Long-distance telephone calls within US and Canada

What if I have hours remaining in a particular month?

The level of legal needs of a business may vary from month-to-month. We therefore incorporate a rollover feature in our "Growing Business" Plan to allow a specified amount of unused hours to be carried to the next month.

"Growing Business": Up to 2 hours rollover to next month

For businesses with specific legal needs, contact us today to learn more about how we can customize a plan just for you.

Will I get charged for extra lawyers' hours without prior consent?

No, you will not. Whenever you assign us a legal task, we will give you an estimate of required hours to complete the work. You will be able to predict if you need extra hours in that particular month. If we need extra hours to complete the work, we will get consent from you first. Your satisfaction is of utmost importance to us. We will notify you whenever we exceed the hours for any given month. 

Can I terminate my subscription after signing up for the Program?

Yes, you can terminate your subscription at anytime by giving us 30-day written notice. We do not charge any penalties for termination. 

If your demand for legal services substantially increases or decreases, you can contact us at anytime to discuss possible modifications in your subscriptions.