Our services usually involve research, investigation and case preparation. Most of this is done without the client being present and can take a lot of time. We would also like to avoid engaging in lawsuits against our clients for being in default of payment. That is why we require an advance on fees. The fee or deposit will be held in trust and we will bill against those fees as they are being earned. A legal matter may involve all kinds of costs and expenses. Your attorney may require additional funds if the costs exceed the original deposit.
An intake interview with your attorney usually takes place at our office. If for any reason a face-to-face meeting is not possible, the interview can take place via video call. You will provide a description of your case and your desired result. The attorney will ask you a few questions and will give a summary assessment of your case. Your options may be outlined and risks may be discussed. You will discuss with your attorney whether and how you want to proceed with our office and the attorney will indicate whether our office is able to provide the services you require. The engagement letter and costs should also be discussed during the intake-interview. We will charge an extremely competitive ANG 95,- for the intake interview.
For frequently performed services such as a simple uncontested divorce, a petition for a residency or work permit or a standard administrative objection (bezwaarprocedure) we may charge a fixed fee. In all other cases we charge by the hour. It is however possible to discuss a price ceiling. Our office does not provide services on a no cure no pay basis. Whilst the practice is not illegal in our jurisdiction, we still consider it to be unethical.
In all civil and criminal cases the minimum fee (whether a fixed fee or an hourly rate) is ANG 2.000,- (incl. office charges and taxes). In administrative cases the minimum fee is ANG 700,- (incl. office charges and taxes).
Additionally, we charge one-time overhead costs equal to the hourly rate in the case of civil or criminal cases. In administrative cases the overhead costs varies between ANG 300,- and ANG 800,- depending on a number of factors. These costs are included in the minimum fee stated above.
The hourly rates vary from ANG 325 to ANG 475 per hour (excl 7% office charges and 6% taxes). The amount depends, among other factors, on the type of case and the level of specialization. The time that lawyers spend on a case is accurately tracked.
Office charge and tax
A fixed 7% office charge is added to the fee to cover difficult to detail office expenses (such as support staff, postage, photocopying and ICT costs). These expenses are liable to 6% tax.
Costs and expenses
These legal expenses may include costs such as registry fees, travel expenses, bailiff’s charges and courier fees. There is also the possibility of being ordered by the court to pay the costs of the other party in the event your case is lost.
Subsidized legal aid
If you’re in prison or if your income is below certain limits, we can help you on the basis of subsidized legal aid. The government will then pay the costs of your case. However, it is possible that you have to pay a part yourself. For more information on subsided legal aid, you should contact the Ministry of Social Affairs.
Terms and Conditions
Please note that there is a degree of uncertainty in all cases and we are generally unable to guarantee a certain result or specifically predict how much time and effort will be necessary to provide a satisfactory result. Our Terms and Conditions apply to all our services.
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