Under the terms of Article 459 of the Judicial Code, the lawyer freely sets the amount of his fees and has the duty to do so with just moderation. The lawyer’s fees shall cover the services and duties performed by him (consultations, telephone interviews, meetings, expert reports, study of the file, research, preparation of the hearing notes, petitions, quotations, submissions and other pleadings, appearance at hearings for delivery, pleadings, various usual procedures, writing letters and e-mails etc.).
In general, the lawyer works according to an hourly rate. The price varies according to the type of file, the urgency, the special duties to carry out, the possible displacements, … The tariff is also adapted according to the matter while taking into account the financial situation of the customer.
A document including the methods for calculating fees and fees will be given to you at the beginning of the file and a timesheet is regularly updated so that you are not surprised at the end of the procedure.
A flat rate method is possible but only in certain cases.
A fee and fee agreement is presented after the first interview. This agreement is the contract that governs the relationship between the lawyer and his client.
As a reminder, in certain matters such as road traffic law (road accident, drunkenness, speeding, …), the customer often benefits from legal protection insurance that will cover the costs and fees of the company. lawyer. Finally, it should be noted that since January 1, 2014, lawyers’ fees and fees are subject to VAT at a rate of 21%.