The Firm
Profile
D&T Mission
Senior Lawyers
Michael David
Richard Touchette
Areas of Practice
Corporate / Commercial
Mergers & Acquisitions
Estate Planning
Real Estate
Employment
Matrimonial
Commercial & Civil Litigation
FAQ
About Cost
Why Choose Us?
Contact Us

 

 

HOW ARE FEES CHARGED? 

 

We invoice our clients for legal professional services generally using one of the following three methods: 

      a)     hourly rates
b)    
pre-determined flat rate or lump sum
c)    
fee based on a percentage of the monetary value of the matter in question 

 

Client Obligations: 

 

We do not accept a mandate to act until the client accepts, in writing, beforehand our fee structure for his file. 

 

Back to Top 

 

HOW ARE HOURLY RATES SET? 

 

The hourly rates of lawyers and paralegals are based on their legal experience, special expertise, type and importance of case. New clients are always advised of the of the hourly rate and asked to sign a mandate before we proceed. 

 

Back to Top 

 

WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE HOURLY RATE? 

 

Many services are included in the fees you pay, including but not limited to: 

  • All meetings and telephone conferences with you and any others contacted in the course of work on your file.

  • All required legal research, analysis and opinions.

  • Drafting and preparation of letters, procedures, contracts and other documents.

  • Preparation for and attendance at trials, hearings, proceedings, meetings, negotiations and other activities.

  • Travel time.

  • Administrative time spent on your file.

 

Back to Top 

 

HOW CAN WE REDUCE LEGAL FEES? 

 

We use legal secretaries and paralegals for work that does not require a lawyer.   

 

Back to Top

 

WHAT ADDITIONAL COSTS CAN I EXPECT? 

 

During the course of preparing our work, we might incur expenses on your behalf.  These are recorded in detail and put on your invoice as disbursements.  Disbursements might include:  filing fees charged by government offices, courts or registry offices; long distance charges; fax charges; laser charges; document copying and courier costs to list a few. 

 

Back to Top

 

WHEN WILL I BE INVOICED? 

 

Frequently, there is an initial deposit on account when a file is opened.  Thereafter we usually bill our clients on a timely manner usually monthly when it is an ongoing matter or when the costs are significant.  Other matters are billed on completion of the work. 

 

Back to Top

 

© David and Touchette Website