You are welcome to ask us about the potential amount of our fee before placing an order. Of course we will provide you with binding information as far as possible. Unless otherwise agreed for out-of-court matters, we calculate our fee according to the statutory model.
According to this statutory model, which is binding on the legal profession, fees must be calculated and settled for each specific case on the basis of the fee elements. In civil law, the lawyer’s fee is predominantly calculated according to the so-called value of the subject matter. This is based on the principle that the fee is based partly on the predicted (not the actual) amount of work and partly on the liability risk of the lawyer. The Federal Chamber of Lawyers provides further information on this (also on the calculation of the fee amount).
For reasons of professional ethics and competition law alone, we are not permitted to provide legal advice in individual cases without a mandate and subsequent calculation of fees.
Concrete enquiries, by e-mail and even by telephone, will trigger corresponding lawyer’s fees if answered by a lawyer. In order to avoid lawyer’s fees, you can make it clear in the case of enquiries that you would like to have an estimate of the costs initially without consultation. With this procedure, the decision lies with you and you basically avoid a cost risk.
In out-of-court consulting matters, we will agree upon an hourly fee based on the time spent or a flat fee upon request in order to increase the transparency of the costs incurred for our clients.
Permanent mandates are frequent in our law firm; we offer alternative remuneration methods such as monthly or annual flat rates.