The fees charged are often unknown and poorly understood, and as a result they can appear arbitrary. It's normal to wonder how much a procedure will cost, and the Lawyer has a duty to provide information and be transparent. It's important to make matters clear from the start. That is why I, personally, discuss my fees the first time a client visits my firm. There are three categories of fees:
- Fees based on time spent:
All of the time spent on a matter is billed at an hourly rate agreed upon by the Lawyer and client, including travel time and time spent waiting for a hearing or on the phone.
- Flat rate fees:
A flat rate may be offered for certain matters (divorce by mutual consent, change of matrimonial regime, etc.).
- Success fees:
In certain specific areas (physical injury suffered by victims, estate distribution, etc.) I may agree to charge based on success, in combination with a fixed fee.
- Legal assistance:
For persons with limited resources, my firm may accept to provide full or partial legal assistance.