JR Baker Law Canberra



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.

Our professional fee for our first meeting with you is usually $175 unless we have quoted a fixed fee for a will, for example. We do not charge GST.

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

Our professional fee for phone advice followed by an email confirming that advice is usually $175.

$175 for that first meeting in person, by phone or online may be all you need to pay unless we have quoted a fixed fee for a specific task such as a will. We hope the advice we give you at that first meeting 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. We do not ask for any money to be paid upfront (a retainer) before we start work.

As your matter proceeds we may need to prepare applications for hearings, read and write documents and write emails or letters to you or others, read emails and texts from you or from others about about your matter or speak by 'phone. We will invoice you for the time it takes doing all these things.

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 - $400

                                                                                Total fixed fee - $600  (i.e. $300 each)

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

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

fixed fee - $1000

Total fixed fee -  $1500 (couple)

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

If we prepare Power of Attorney documents for a couple.

If we prepare a simple Will and Power of Attorney for a single person

If we prepare a simple Will and Power of Attorney for a couple

fixed fee - $300

fixed fee - $400  (i.e $200 each)

fixed fee $580

fixed fee $850

Advanced Care Directive:

We can prepare for you to make clear to everyone how you want to be treated as you approach the end of your life.

fixed fee $220

Binding Financial Agreement


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: $375 per hour.
If we represent you in court or in a tribunal our professional fee is:

$375 per hour.

A reduction in fees is available for concession card holders.

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. We do not ask for any money to be paid upfront before we start work.

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 professional 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 setting up your file ($30.00) and day-to-day management of your matter. It 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 $55.00 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.


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 $75.00.

If you were filing a claim in the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal (ACAT) and the value of the claim was under $3,000, the filing fee would be $78.50. The filing fee would be $156.00 if the value of your claim was between $3,000 and $15,000. It would be $572 if the value of your claim was more than $15,000

Not all claims involve money. If you were asking ACAT to resolve a dispute between you and someone else, the filing fee is $75.

You would pay filing fee of $89 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.