Fees vs Hourly Rates
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
or when booking online is the fee you will pay! Complex
matters may attract a larger, negotiated fixed fee - but this will always be discussed with you and agreed up front!
Whatever your matter, we will be open and up front with you 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
. 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
matter is mostly about your children, you might consider
applying for a grant of legal aid. Legal
can also assist in some property matters through their
Alternative Dispute Resolution program. However, all Legal
services are subject to qualifying conditions. Contact
Legal Aid WA
if you qualify.
A network of Family
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
at no cost. Ongoing Family
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
and the Citzen's Advice Bureau
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
1. Any letters/documents from any previous lawyer;
2. Any letters/documents from your former partner or their
3. Any Family Court documents/orders or Violence Restraining
4. Your Pensioner Concession Card or Health Care Card (if you
5. A list of you and your former partner's assets and
6. Any documents in relation to you and your former partner’s