JR Baker Law Canberra

PROFESSIONAL FEES and COSTS

 

Professional Fees


Our Professional Fees are what we charge for the legal work we do for you. We may charge for a first meeting or set a fixed fee for your matter, for example, if you ask us to draft your will or a power of attorney. 

We will give you a written summary of our discussion and our advice immediately after our first meeting.

Our professional fee for our first meeting with you is usually $150.00 unless we have quoted a fixed fee. We do not charge GST.

$150.00 for that first meeting unless we have quoted a fixed fee for your matter may be all you need to pay because we hope the advice we give you will help you take the steps you need to take to resolve the matter yourself.

If you ask us to continue to help you with your matter we will let you know in writing what we will be doing for you. We will give you an estimate of our professional fees and other costs. We will ask you to sign an agreement about what we will do for you and what our fee and other costs will be before we start work.

As your matter proceeds both of us may need to write emails or speak by 'phone. We will invoice you for the time it takes for reading and writing emails and phone calls.

A reduction in fees is available to concession card holders.

These are other examples of our professional fees: (Please note - we do not charge GST)

Preparation of a simple Will where you leave all that you own to your partner and/or adult children:

Preparation of simple Wills for a couple:

fixed fee - $350

                                                                                Total fixed fee - $580  (i.e. $290.00 each)

Preparation of a testamentary trust for a child or a dependent for one person.

Preparation of a testamentary trust for a child or dependent of a couple

fixed fee - $1500

Total fixed fee - $2000  (i.e. $1000 each)

Power of Attorney: If we prepare a document that outlines what you want to happen if you can’t manage your own affairs and you want someone else to do those things for you.

If we prepare Power of Attorney documents for a couple

fixed fee - $300

fixed fee - $400  (i.e $200 each)

Binding Financial Agreement

$2000

Probate or Letters of Administration $1500 - $2000
If we write a letter, arrange and attend a meeting or negotiate a settlement or prepare documents for court or tribunal hearings our professional fee is: $350 per hour or part thereof.
If we represent you in court or in a tribunal.

$350.00 per hour or part thereof.

Before we start work we will ask you to agree in writing to pay either our fixed fee or the estimate of the cost of the work to be done. You will be told in advance if the estimate changes as work progresses.

Usually, you will only have to pay us when we have finished your work although sometimes, as agreed by you we may send you an invoice while the work is in progress.

When you sign the agreement you will  become our client and the obligations of a client/solicitor relationship will begin.

When we have finished our work for you we will send you an invoice containing all the information about our professional fees, expenses and other costs relating to your matter. 

Barrister’s/Counsel's Fee

If your matter leads us into a complex area of the law or to a trial and additional expertise is needed to assist you, you may decide you need the advice of a barrister. We will ask the barrister to quote for his or her work. You will decide if you want the barrister to go ahead and, if you do, you will need to agree in writing that you will pay the barrister’s fees and costs when the matter has finished. The barrister can't start work until we have that agreement. 

The barrister’s fees and costs are additional to our professional fees and costs.

Additional Expenses


Out-Of-Pocket Expenses

These are the out-of-pocket expenses we have to pay when we are doing the work for you.  These include the day-to-day management of your matter and includes photocopying your documents or court documents, emails, envelopes (Express Post/Registered), faxes, stamps, courier costs or phone calls to agencies or other people.

Off-Site Storage Fee for Wills

When a matter is finished our clients may give us written permission to send their Wills offsite for safekeeping for seven years in the first instance. Our clients are asked to agree in writing to pay the storage fee of $50.00 for Wills when we send them for safekeeping. After 7 years the cost is $5.50 payable to the storage facility for every year until the Will is collected.

Disbursements


There may also be other costs which are separate from our professional fees, out-of-pocket expenses and storage fees.

These costs include obtaining documents from other agencies such as the police, court transcripts, reports from medical centres, experts' fees, search fees and process servers' fees.

When we send our invoice after we have finished your matter or as arranged, we will include our professional fess and the other costs and disbursements.

Some costs are set down by the courts or tribunals and can depend on the money value of the claim :

There might be a cost to file a claim or lodge documents in a court or tribunal. For example, if you were applying to have an unfair dismissal claim heard by the Fair Work Commission the filing fee is $73.00.

If you were filing a claim in the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal (ACAT) and the value of the claim was under $3,000.00, the filing fee would be $75.50. The filing fee would be $156.00 if the value of your claim was between $3,000.00 and $15,000.00. It would be $572.00 if the value of your claim was more than $15,000.00

Not all claims involve money. If you were asking ACAT to resolve a dispute between you and someone else, the filing fee is $75.00.

You would pay filing fee of $89.00 if you decided to take your matter to the Magistrates’ court.

We may be able to negotiate the PROFESSIONAL FEES you pay us and put in place a payment plan if needs be but we cannot negotiate the DISBURSEMENTS or other COSTS relating to your matter.   A court or tribunal may waive or reduce your filing fees and costs if you are struggling financially.