Fixed Costs and Agreed Costs
Providing cost structures upfront
We know that you like certainty – truth is, so do we. However the nature of the services we offer doesn’t always allow us to offer a fixed fee, simply because the number of variables can be so, well… variable.
What we can do is offer a Fixed Cost for a range of legal services that have a relatively low number of variables, and determine an Agreed Cost for those matters that have a higher number of variables (such as a divorce).
Fixed Cost Services
We offer a number of Fixed Cost services:
- Initial Consultations
- Agency Services (Court appearances)
- Buy-sell Agreement
- Divorce Application
- Enduring Guardianship
- Formalise separation agreement
- Power of Attorney
- Estate Planning Package (Will, POA, EG)
If you require more information about the services and costs, please get in touch to discuss your needs.
Agreed Cost Services
Where we cannot provide a standard fixed cost for the service you require, we will provide a quote and establish an Agreed Cost. The Agreed Cost will be set out as part of an Engagement Agreement which also sets out, clearly and transparently, the scope of the work (inclusions and exclusions) and any specific deliverables (or outcomes).
In particularly complex matters or matters with high levels of variables, one way of obtaining a degree of certainty may be to break the engagement down into stages. Once a stage is complete, and more is known about what comes next or what the options are, a new Engagement Agreement and Agreed Cost can be determined to suit the next stage.
What are the exclusions?
Disbursements will always be excluded from any Fixed Cost or Agreed Cost arrangement. “Disbursements” is a term used to describe the expenses that we may incur on your behalf. This may include fees for work done by other professionals (such as a barrister, experts, valuers, doctors, etc.), Court filing fees, Subpoena fees or any other expenses that you would otherwise incur directly. As these expenses are outside our control, we cannot know exactly what costs you might incur, but we can (and do) provide a reasonable estimate of these costs. In some matters, Disbursements may result in significant additional costs.
It is very important to ensure that your solicitor explains any known or likely disbursements for your matter. It is common practice to put money for these expenses into the firm’s Trust Account to enable them to be dispersed by your solicitor as the need arises. These costs are required to be paid as they are incurred during the progress of your matter.
Other exclusions will be set out clearly in the Engagement Agreement. Exclusions will be discussed and agreed with you as part of finalising the terms of the Engagement Agreement.
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