How your legal work can be paid for
Depending upon the type of work we are doing for you, there may be different options about how that work is paid for. We will always discuss our charges and any options which may be open to you at the very start and only proceed on your acceptance.
Instructing a solicitor is always an area where there is concern about how much legal advice will cost. When dealing with matters where we charge an hourly rate, we will be pleased to give you clear and open advice about the costs that you will incur in instructing us to act on your behalf. We are happy at any stage through your instructions to update you on your costs position. We aim to keep you informed throughout the work that we carry out for you so that you are clear as to your potential liability for costs.
Fixed Price Estimates
In a number of cases, we will give you an estimate for doing a known quantity of work. This works well with conveyancing costs when you are buying, selling or re-mortgaging a property. It also applies if we are drafting a Will for you or preparing a Lasting Power of Attorney. We give you the fixed price estimate before we start doing any work for you so you are able to budget for it. Our estimate would only ever then need to be revised if we became involved with unexpected work or there are complications.
Fixed Fee Service
For certain type of legal advice matters we offer a fixed fee service where we can assess your legal problem and provide you with initial advice. In these cases your costs are limited and you are clear about what you will have to pay before you instruct us. This service may involve a face to face meeting in our office or a solicitor’s letter to a third party to try to help settle matters. If this does not deal with the legal problem completely we can then give you very clear advice about probable future costs.
Public Funding (Legal Aid)
We are able to offer legal aid within our specialist area of family law. Often legal aid can mean that the advice you receive is free of charge to you or has a very modest financial contribution that would need to be paid each month no matter how much work we undertake. As a matter of course we assess all new clients who wish us to help with family matters to see if they will be eligible for legal aid at the outset.
No win, no fee
This is offered in certain situations involving disputes. Under a ‘no win no fee’ agreement, you will not have to pay our fees if your claim is not successful. You will, however, have to pay any other incurred costs, such as court fees or the fee for a medical report.
If your case fails it is likely that the court will say that you will have to pay the costs of the other side. However, we will be able to arrange insurance to cover both the third party costs and the other side’s costs if you lose your claim.
If you think a no win, no fee arrangement could help you we will be happy to discuss your individual case.