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Fees

We charge fees in three ways:

  • At a fixed rate for a certain task.
  • At an hourly rate for the number of hours required to complete the work you request.
  • As a percentage of the amount we recover on your behalf.


Fixed Fees

Certain tasks are billed at a fixed rate, such as:

  • A Real Estate Transaction
  • An Uncontested Divorce
  • Preparing or Probating a Will


A quotation of a fixed fee, however, assumes that we know at the time of the quotation the important details necessary to determine the amount of time and effort involved.


Hourly Rates

We sell our time and expertise. In this regard we have standard rates, they vary with the type and complexity of the services we provide.


Before we are retained by you we will give you a quotation of the hourly rates for the various partners, associates and paralegals in our firm. The rate charged will depend on the expertise and qualifications of the individual who does a particular task. Our goal is to provide you with legal services in the most cost effective manner possible. Accordingly, if you wish, less demanding and routine tasks will be delegated to those lawyers or paralegals who have a lower hourly rate.


When performing work for an hourly rate, it is our custom to require the payment of a retainer. A retainer is essentially a down-payment which is deposited for you in a trust account. We do not take any money from the account until we have billed you and accounted for the work we have done. The amount of a retainer is dependent on the nature and extent of the work you are asking us to do.


We render regular bills, usually monthly, unless you instruct us to do otherwise. We believe that this is in your best interest as it allows you to monitor the work which we are doing and to be aware of the costs at each stage of the process. Also, we encourage our clients to feel free to request a bill or statement of account at any time.


Contingency Fees

A contingency fee is calculated as a percentage of the money which we are ultimately able to collect for you. The percentage amount is set before we begin our work. Any contingency fee to which we agree is guaranteed and is always set out in a contract between you and the firm. In the unlikely event that we are not successful in collecting any money as a result of our efforts, you will not be charged a fee.


Disbursements

Disbursements are expenses which we pay on your behalf. For example, when we pay the court or a government registry to register a document, or a courier to deliver a document, the cost is called a disbursement. Other common disbursements are photocopies, long distance charge and mileage.


How to Minimize Your Costs

  • If you have information for us, write it out chronologically. That's more efficient than telling us the information, which we then have to write down.
  • When you have several questions for us, write them down and then call us and discuss all of them at once. Again, that's more efficient than three separate telephone calls.
  • If you have documents you need us to review, drop them off yourself rather than paying the cost of a courier. When you want to consult us about a particular issue, bring all of your documentation with you rather than giving the information bit by bit.


Further Questions

If you have further questions about our billing policy please do not hesitate to ask us.

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