Fixed Fees vs Hourly Rates
Fixed fees provide certainty and transparency about your legal costs and prevent surprises (like big bills arriving at month end!). We provide many of our services on a fixed fee basis (including our mobile visits). We do not charge extra for consultations outside business hours or mobile visits - the consultation fee you see on our fees page or when booking online is the fee you will pay! Complex matters may attract a larger, negotiated fixed fee.
In any event, we will discuss and agree costs with you up front so there are no surprises. Where it is not possible to provide an up front fixed fee, we will provide an estimate of our costs and keep you updated regularly about any changes
Some matters (due to their nature and/or complexity) are better suited to hourly rates. Our hourly rate is set out on our fees page. Again, if the hourly rate is better suited to your matter, we will discuss and agree this with you up front and provide regular updates.
We offer a free 15 minute initial telephone consultation so its costs nothing to ask if we can help!
How to Pay
Initial consultations that attract a fee (mobile and longer consultations) can be paid online by Mastercard or Visa. Other services can be paid by Mastercard, Visa, PayPal or bank transfer.
Not Included in Our Fees
Court and other filing/lodgement fees
Cost of serving documents
Copying and binding
Any other costs we pay on your behalf (disbursements)
How to Reduce Your Fees
If your Family Court matter is mostly about your children, you might consider applying for a grant of legal aid. Legal Aid WA can also assist in some property matters through their Alternative Dispute Resolution program. However, all Legal Aid WA services are subject to qualifying conditions. Contact Legal Aid WA to check if you qualify.
A network of Family Relationship Centres
provide a range of information and services that can help you with relationship difficulties prior to a relationship breaking down and after separation. The centres can provide referrals and individual sessions as well as Family Dispute Resolution
at no cost. Ongoing Family Dispute Resolution
may attract fees
depending on your circumstances. When appropriate
, we recommend clients engage in Family Dispute Resolution as it can avoid, or at least help to reduce, legal costs.
Community Legal Centres offer low or no cost services in various areas of law. Again, there are usually qualifying conditions and you should contact individual centres to find out what conditions apply to their services. Details of Community Legal Centres can be found here or through our information page.
DIY is an option for some people. This can be with or without some background support from a lawyer, Legal Aid, CLC or other service. A range of DIY resources are available and some are listed on our information page and our blog.
We sometimes offer our services on a flexible payment basis depending upon your circumstances, the nature of your matter, our current workload and the merits and complexity of your matter. This is typically done for property settlements in the Family Court. However, it never hurts to ask!
If you want us to consider acting for you on a flexible payment basis, please let us know during your initial consultation. We will need the following (where applicable) to consider your request:
1. Any letters/documents from any previous lawyer;
2. Any letters/documents from your former partner or their lawyer;
3. Any Family Court documents/orders or Violence Restraining Orders;
4. Your Pensioner Concession Card or Health Care Card (if you have one);
5. A list of you and your former partner's assets and liabilities; and
6. Any documents in relation to you and your former partner’s financial affairs.