The legal fees at Baker MacCallum Law Office are arrived at having strict regard to the Lawyers and Conveyancers Act (Lawyers: Conduct and Client Care Rules 2008 Chapter 9) under which we must charge what is fair and reasonable for the services provided, having regard to the interests of both client and lawyer, and also having regard to the following factors:
- The time and labour expended.
- The skill, specialised knowledge and responsibility required to perform the services properly.
- The importance of the matter to the client and the results achieved.
- The urgency and circumstances in which the matter is undertaken and any time limitations imposed, including those imposed by the client.
- The degree of risk assumed by the lawyer in undertaking the services including the amount or value of any property involved.
- The complexity of the matter and the difficulty or novelty of the questions involved.
- The experience, reputation and ability of the lawyer.
- The possibility that the acceptance of the particular retainer will preclude engagement of the lawyer by other clients.
- Whether the fee is fixed or conditional.
- Any quote or estimate of fees given by the lawyer.
- Any fee agreement (including a conditional fee agreement) entered into between the lawyer and client.
- The reasonable costs of running a practice.
- The fee customarily charged in the market and locality for similar legal services.
We have a regime in place to give clients a reasonably accurate estimate of the fees for sales and purchases of property, especially residential properties, and another for the costs on administration of deceased estates. Those are able to be viewed by clicking on the appropriate link below: