The statement of expenses and fees of a lawyer can contain three elements: the expenses of the lawyer, court costs and expenses, and the lawyer’s fee.
Costs and fees Lawyer (ex VAT)
- opening of the file : 75, – Euro
- correspondence and/or fax: 10,00 Euro/unit (letter or fax)
- e-mail: 10,00 Euro/mail
- photocopies’s: 0,25 Euro/unit (copy)
- registered mail: EUR 25 – EUR 50
- travel: 0.65 Euro/km.
Court costs and expenses
Court costs and expenses are the costs that the lawyer has to advance to third parties, including the bailiff, the clerk, translators and public bodies. These costs will be noted precise and detailed in the statement of expenses and fees.
The fee is the fee for the services provided by the lawyer. The general hourly rate is 175, – euro (ex VAT) for particular clients and 200,- euro (ex VAT) for companies, which can be increased by 50% in case of emergency and/or 50% in function of the exceptional value of the case. Also for standard correspondence a fixed rate of 10 minutes per letter (dictation), unless the correspondence is substantiated. The foregoing is valid under reserve of other agreements made with the client.
Advances and interim statements
The lawyer can ask for one or multiple advances before the start of the commission and during the process of the case one. An advance or imprest is the fixed amount the client remunerates the lawyer, prior to a detailed statement of expenses and fees. On the final statement of expenses and fees, the advances will be deducted from the total amount.
Also possibly, depending on the duration, complexity and/or amount of existing services provided, interim statements can be drawn up which will already include a detailed breakdown of expenses and fees.
The client pays the advance and the final statement of expenses and fees of the attorney within seven days of receipt. The lawyer may, if it is necessary for good service, decide a shorter payment term if motivated. If the client does not agree with the required advance or the (interim) statement he will see to submitting written protest within fourteen days of receipt.