Insider Secrets You Should Know About Legal Fees
Too often I hear that the lawyer is the real winner in a legal dispute.
It shouldn’t be that way, and hourly rates often exceeding $500 per hour (plus GST) are a big part of the problem.
There’s no incentive for the work to be done more quickly.
Even worse, an inefficient lawyer will charge more than an efficient lawyer because it will take longer to do the same work.
Yet most litigation lawyers charge hourly rates.
Why? Most clients don’t know there is a better alternative.
If you’re concerned about your legal fees spiralling out of control, fixed fees may be what you’re looking for:
- You can control your legal spend
- You know with certainty what each stage of work will cost
Fixed legal fees enable you to protect your money (or property) involved in the dispute, and your savings.
Don’t pay more for your legal fees than necessary.
If you engage me you will be able to confidently resolve your dispute without the unexpected ‘price shocks’ often caused by bills based on hourly legal rates.
Sure, lawyers charging hourly rates have to provide estimates of their fees. But estimates are usually accompanied by caveats and a statement that the lawyer is not bound by the estimate.
Remember that if the other party is being charged hourly rates they may well be spending more on legal fees than you. (So you may have a valuable unfair advantage in the cost of legal representation.)
Don’t become a victim of hourly rates.
I’ve seen too many cases where a demoralised party has folded because legal fees have consumed too much of their savings.
With fixed fees the price you are invoiced is the price you agree to upfront. Unlike hourly legal rates you won’t be on the back foot trying to negotiate your bill after the work is done.
I operate with much lower overheads than a traditional bricks and mortar law firm:
- You won’t pay for an expensive office as I generally work from home (my city address is a shared co-working space)
- I am a self-employed sole practitioner, and do my own administration
- I don’t employ any litigation lawyers, and only engage consultant lawyers to work for me when necessary (such as larger matters which require additional resourcing, and interstate matters)
As a veteran commercial litigation lawyer with 19 years’ legal experience I know how to play the game and when to end it, which increases your prospects of a successful outcome.
I pay close attention to detail to find evidence to support persuasive legal arguments for your case.
I’m used to making the right judgment calls, which can be the difference between financial disaster, a result you can live with, and a result beyond your expectations.
I look forward to assisting you to achieve the best possible outcome.
Barrister & Solicitor
PS. I offer a FREE 15 minute telephone consultation – call 0422 406 929 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a time.
PPS. If we’re a good fit I’ll review your key documents for FREE in order to give you a fixed fee quote for initial legal advice or other work.
PPPS. Feel free to download my Questionnaire “15 Key Questions About Your Dispute” (see the form at the bottom of this page).