A lawyer’s invoice generally includes one section for professional fees and another for disbursements (in and out of court). This is explained in greater detail below.
- Professional fees;
Our professional fees
We favour an open and realistic approach to invoicing. Transparent invoicing is vital to maintaining our relationship of trust with our clients. We provide our clients with detailed invoices that clearly describe the work we have accomplished on their behalf.
An hourly rate is the most commonly used compensation method and generally applies to all cases. Hourly rates depend on the complexity of the case and the lawyer’s experience. Other methods of calculating compensation are possible, depending on the type of case and the nature of the mandate. For instance, once client needs have been assessed, we can determine a set amount for drafting a contract. In the case of litigation, compensation is most of the time based on an hourly rate. However, particular arrangement can sometime be made later on, once the parties have exposed their argument in their proceedings. For instance, a specific amount may be agreed upon for the cost related to the trial. Or, in some cases, a combination of various methods of compensation may be used in accordance with the requirements of the mandate. Please note that fixed-price or percentage-based compensation is not applicable to all cases since various factors can impact on the duration and outcome of cases, especially in matters involving litigation. Also, we cannot agree on fix-price or percentage-based compensation without meeting with our client first and analysing his file.
Often, it is difficult to forecast precisely how much time must be devoted to a case, again especially in litigation. Multiple factors can have an impact on professional fees. However, at the start of the process, we provide an estimate of professional fees based on a reasonable forecast of the workload involved; if any change in workload or in the nature of the case occurs, we revise the estimate accordingly.
NOTICE: Please note that this information is provided for information purposes only: it must not be construed as agreement on our part to alter the compensation method being applied to particular cases. We invite you to contact us for more details.
Here are a few tips to help you reduce the costs in your file :
1) Get legal counsel before doing anything.
You will then be sure to start the right way so it will be easier to put your case forward.
2) Be prepared and organized.
By sending us your documentation and information without delay and in an organized matter, you allow us to concentrate on your case and work efficently.
3) Take advantage of legal counsel and act accordingly.
It will sometimes takes rigor and discipline, but you will see, the result will pay off.
4) Put forward a discussion canal and, if you are a group, consider nominate a representative.
This will avoid unnecessary duplication of the interventions.
5) Keep you informed and up-to-date.
By reviewing the documentation we have sent to you, we will have a better understanding of your file’s evolution.