Fee Structure

Task Charging – How does it work?

 

Lawyers usually charge by time – what is sometimes referred to as an hourly rate. What lawyers do is to divide the hour into 10 six minute units. The client is charged for each unit. That is fine, if the lawyer works for six minutes. However, a lawyer will generally charge a full unit for work up to six minutes, whether they work for one minute, two minutes or even ten seconds. We think that is unfair. We charge by a fixed task schedule. What that means is that each task we do has a fixed fee, however long the task takes.

 

This means that your legal expenditure is under your control, not your lawyer’s.

Deferred Fees

We will always discuss with you payment options. One payment option service is to defer our account until some part of the matter is concluded, or the entire matter is concluded, so that you pay your fees out of any settlement, or at some time in the future when your circumstances may change.

 

Capped Fees – How does it work?

 

Simply call us to arrange a no obligation appointment to discuss your case or obtain a second opinion for the fixed price of $330.00 (inclusive of GST).

 

At that appointment we will provide you with:

  • a detailed overview of what we think the likely range of outcomes will be;
  • how best you can move forward quickly and with as little inconvenience as possible through your family law matter;
  • practical advice for your immediate needs; and
  • a draft client agreement which includes a quotation for fee cap.

 

Payment details

 

Prior to us acting for you, we will provide you with our draft client agreement, schedule of individual fees and a quote for the fee cap. If you wish to retain us, you are required to deposit the full amount into our trust account or by arrangement through instalments. Payments to the trust account can be made via electronic transfer, cash or cheque.

 

If your matter concludes prior to the fee cap being reached, we refund to you the unspent portion.

What’s covered

 

  • All conferences with you , opposing lawyers and other persons as necessary;
  • Preparation of all court documents;
  • Engaging in correspondence and telephone calls as your matter requires;
  • Prepartion and attendance at all court hearing dates, including trials and reviewing judgment; and
  • Office disbursements.

 

What’s not covered

 

  • Payments to expert witnesses or other third parties to assist with your matter;
  • Payments to barristers;
  • Non office disbursements such as air flights and accommodation;
  • Ongoing legal work after judgment, such as an appeal or enforcement; and
  • Any payments ordered by the court to be made by you.

Task Charging – How does it work?

 

Lawyers usually charge by time – what is sometimes referred to as an hourly rate. What lawyers do is to divide the hour into 10 six minute units. The client is charged for each unit. That is fine, if the lawyer works for six minutes. However, a lawyer will generally charge a full unit for work up to six minutes, whether they work for one minute, two minutes or even ten seconds. We think that is unfair. We charge by a fixed task schedule. What that means is that each task we do has a fixed fee, however long the task takes.

 

This means that your legal expenditure is under your control, not your lawyer’s.

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