Apologies for what might be a silly question - I know nothing of the solicitors rules as I don't work that area but I was having a discussion with someone who says the rules do not allow bank charges relating to a client account to be borne by the firm as an overhead, ie they must be charged to the relevant client. Is this true?
Depends on what the fee agreement states. If the fee agreement says that the client is responsible for "costs" (and pretty much all fee agreements are going to say that) then yes, the attorney can charge the client. There is no law that prevents a lawyer from charging a client for the costs incurred to service the case
Does a firm of solicitors have a right to charge a client ? Does a firm of solicitors have a right to charge a client for the release of the file relating to the instructions he gave several years ago for the preparation of his Will and that of his late Wife or does the file belong to him? Additionally, is the executor of a deceased entitled to request a copy of the HMRC REturn of Estate Information filed on behalf of the estate from the solicitors
What Do Solicitors Charge For Probate ? Sometimes, clients want us to obtain a grant of probate or grant of letters of administration, without administering the estate. In such cases, our costs would be £950 plus vat and the same disbursements as …
Travel expenses for the lawyer when traveling on a client’s behalf. These charges can include gas, mileage, parking, meals, airfare, and lodging. Witness fees and mileage charges. The individuals who testify at depositions and trials receive fees in amounts set by law. You also may need to pay travel expenses for witnesses.
When is a disbursement really a disbursement? Thus, as with copying charges and bank transfer charges care must be taken to ensure that the client is aware that a charge for travel will be made and that it is described as a part of the charge for services rather than a payment on behalf of the client. Other payments and fees
Can You Pay Credit Card and PayPal Fees From Trust ? When a lawyer has a trust account with a bank as well as a credit card merchant account, banks can often arrange to charge all transaction fees against the lawyer’s operating account rather than the trust account. This is not necessarily the case for independent credit card services, Paypal and Square. Fees may be deducted from the
A lawyer must not charge or accept a fee or disbursement, including interest, unless it is fair and reasonable and has been disclosed in a timely fashion. ( Rule 3.6-1 Code of Professional Conduct for NS Lawyers) Fees are what lawyers charge for their legal services, including their time, expertise and skills. Fees should be fair and reasonable
How to Challenge a Solicitor's Bill and Reduce Their Fees ? There are many reasons for a client wishing to challenge a final Bill from a Solicitor, including being overcharged, or being charged when they should not have been. Many clients dispute their Solicitor’s charges where they have received a Bill for charges arising from a Conditional Fee Agreement following an unsuccessful result in a case.
DISBURSEMENTS AND VAT FOR SOLICITORS? No VAT is charged by the solicitor to the client on this price. The solicitor cannot reclaim any input VAT, neither can the client as the VAT invoice is not addressed to them. This option is fine to use if there is no VAT on the original disbursement invoice, or if the client is not entitled to reclaim VAT.
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