If you employ Cope Family Law to act for you in relation to your legal matters we will require you to sign a Costs Agreement with the firm. That Cost Agreement sets out a number of matters, including;-
- The disclosure we are required to make to you about costs;
- It lets you know that by signing the Agreement you are accepting our proposals in relation to costs;
- The work that this firm is instructed to do;
- The charges that will be made to you by this firm;
- A range of estimates for legal fees;
- How and when the Agreement can be terminated;
- On what basis we can retain any of your paperwork;
- Protection of personal information about you provided to this office, by the Privacy Amendment (Private Sector) Act 2000;
- Provisions of monies to be held in our Trust Account;
- How your work will be allocated throughout the firm;
- How disbursements will be paid. Disbursements will include payment for Barrister fees, Court fees, experts, report writers and so forth;
- Authority to retain counsel if we deem appropriate;
- Future variation of the legal fees;
- An Authority from you to receive and deduct funds in accordance with accounts which we issue to you;
- The prepayment that you are required to make to this firm at the commencement of our conduct of the file; and
- An Acknowledgement that you have read and understood the Agreement and related documents.
This firm's professional fees charged are calculated by reference to the amount of time spent. Time is charged in six minute intervals - with six minutes being the minimum interval recorded for professional services. The hourly rates are reviewed each year.
Because we charge on a time scale rather than an event scale it is generally not possible to give a client an exact idea of costs as this will vary from case to case depending on complexity and the issues involved. However based on our experience in family court and de facto matters we can estimate costs to various levels of court matters. When we act for you we provide estimates so that you have an idea what to expect, however those estimates are not quotes for the work and are not binding on this office. This is because your actual legal costs will depend on the amount of time involved in the work done.
We will however undertake a simple Divorce - where there are no complex issues such as separation under the one roof or jurisdictional disputes - for a set fee.