What will it cost?
We are happy to give you a quote for any work and invite you to e-mail us with the details and we will provide you with a written quote.
For most work, we can give you an estimate of the fee based on similar transactions – e.g. a €200,000 purchase or sale is estimated at €1500; taking out a Grant of Probate in an estate valued at €300,000 would be estimated at €7,500; for an application for compensation to PIAB we would calculate a fee of €1500. All these fees do not include 23% VAT which is payable to the Revenue and is normally recoverable by you in a commercial transaction, if you are registered for VAT.
However, if we have to undertake additional work additional fees are payable for such work on a time basis or an agreed fee basis – for example, in the administration of the estate or a divorce case you might sell property or a consent family case may become contested. If this arises, we will give you an estimate of the fee for this work.
In addition to the fee there will usually be outlays payable – e.g. photocopying expenses, fax and telephone charges, Commissioner for Oaths fees, stamp duty, medical or other expert reports.
Apart from certain exceptions, the most common being medical reports, these charges (in common with all legal professional fees) are subject to V.A.T. at 23% which is payable to the Revenue. This is included in any fee charged.
How we calculate our fee.
There are a number of ways of calculating fees. At the outset we will agree with you which billing method is applicable to your case.
This means that our fees are based on the time that we spend on the file multiplied by the rate per hour of the person working on the file. Time includes file management, advising, attending on you and others by telephone and in person, receiving and dealing with papers, correspondence, telephone calls, travelling, and waiting time. We keep a record of the time we devote to your case and we charge this to you according to the hourly rate.
So How Much?
- We charge different rates for Partners, Solicitors, Trainee Solicitors and support staff;
- The rate is an hourly rate;
- The rate ranges from €350 to €95 per hour.
- We keep time records for all work done on the file.
There are cases where we will agree to accept a set fee for dealing with your file. This is something that we discuss on a file by file basis.
This figure is exclusive of VAT @ 23% and of any outlays.