Lawyers usually charge on an hourly rate basis. That means that while a lot of lawyers give estimates; there is a risk that if something goes wrong, your final account can be a lot higher than you first thought. At Quentin Hix Legal we give you another option with fixed fees for relatively routine transactions. We estimate that about 70% of the time, if you chose an hourly rate option, you should come in under our fixed fees. So the choice is yours, either lock in the certainty of knowing exactly where you stand before we start or if you think your transaction is going to be straightforward then you might prefer the hourly rate option. Our fixed fees for standard transactions are:
Wills and Powers of Attorney
|Preparing or updating a Will – single||$200.00|
|Preparing or updating a Will – couple||$350.00|
|Enduring Powers of Attorney||$350.00 ($500 for two)|
|Independent advice (on Powers of Attorney)||$250.00|
|Trust (Annual Admin Charge)||
|New memorandum of wishes||$400.00|
|Document review & Signing||$350.00|
|Change of Trustee||$500.00|
All Fees include GST and out of pocket expenses.
Hourly Rate Charges
At Quentin Hix Legal we make sure the work completed for you is done by the people with the most appropriate experience and at the most cost effective rate for you. Our hourly rates vary from $135/hr up to $395/hr. We charge in what lawyers call “six minute units” so for someone charging at $200.00 per hour, the cost is $20.00 for every six minute unit.
GST is charged in addition to our hourly rates and only actual out of pocket expenses are on charged to you.
Unlike some firms, we do not charge an “office administration” or similar charge. So we don’t charge for things like faxes, tolls, or photocopying. We do charge for things like an expert’s report or actual travel and accommodation costs incurred if we have to go out of town for you.
We are very happy to provide you with an estimate for the type of work you are considering and depending on the type of work, we are happy to give you a binding quote if that is possible.
To keep your fees manageable, our usual policy is to send you a bill every month or when your fees go over $1,000.00. This keeps you informed as to how things are going and if fees are becoming an issue, we can talk about it early on.
Finally, we are aware that there are some organisations that fund legal fees; ranging from legal aid to lending companies to an organisation that pays for fees on a no win no fee basis – they take a percentage of anything you are awarded. For all of these organisations there are criteria that need to be satisfied before funds are available. We’re happy to talk with you about any of these options.
For questions about fees, call us at 0800Quentin or send us an enquiry through our “ask your question” tab.