Lawyers and Lattes
Lawyers and Lattes is unlike any other law firm in the city.
Doing away with the stuffy and ultra sleek vibes of other traditional law offices, this laid-back spot operates as a cozy cafe that happens to offer walk-in legal services as well.
With two separate menus of cafe staples—think cappuccinos ($3.49) and pots of tea ($2.49)—and another for a la carte legal services, it's as easy to get a confidentiality agreement here as it is to order a coffee.
Tax lawyer Dale Barrett, who's been practicing law for 11 years, says he wanted to open the cafe for clients who feel that lawyers are "intimidating and unaccessible."
Equipped with hanging chandeliers, colourful art adorning the walls, and even a fireplace, the cafe is a welcoming—boho, even—alternative to the chrome-filled, leathery look that many Bay Street firms go for.
On top of that, nearly every service here comes at a fixed rate that's generally lower than at other firms. Most services are done right on the spot, meaning no initial phone calls, appointments, costly consultations, or hefty retainer fees needed.
All clients need to do is head over to the counter (where you'll also find an array of hand-made jewellery from a family in Guatemala) and 'order' your legal service from the barista.
You'll then be handed a receipt with an ID code, which allows you to log in and access your document on the laptop provided.
After filling out your form, you'll work with one of the lawyers in their office or in the main seating area.
It can be surprisingly speedy: three standard services like a basic will, health care directives, and power of attorney documents can be done all within an hour.
It's the ideal system for new business owners, and according to Barrett, the space has been especially popular with women and millennials.
It's also perfect for family affairs, especially where children are involved. Kids and legal matters don't usually mix well, but there's comfy seats, macarons ($3.25) from AG Macarons, baked goods from Phipps, and sandwiches from Foodbenders here to make up for it.
There's also a notable community element to the space. The firm runs occasional free legal seminars, free LSAT tutoring for aspiring law students, and a board room available for rent at $25 an hour.
Even if you're not looking for a legal service, you're more than welcome to grab a brew and take advantage of their free WiFi—it is a cafe after all.