When it comes to pricing we believe in providing you with options
If you want us to work with you on an hourly basis, we can do that. Or we can give you an estimate before we start work. We will then keep you updated if anything comes up that might affect that estimate.
However, you also have other options:
For businesses and commercial property owners
• If you want price certainty up front, we can give you a quote for a fixed fee before we start work.
• You might prefer hourly rates, but for budgeting purposes you need to cap it.
• We can provide you with hybrid options, for example a fixed fee for a particular stage of the project/transaction, with hourly rates thereafter.
• We price our work to fit the specifics of what you want. We won’t deliver a Rolls-Royce if you want a Mini.
Buying or selling a house
• We use standard fees for buying or selling a house.
• The fees depend on various factors, like whether you need a mortgage, whether a trust is buying/selling the property, whether you need Kiwisaver or need us to look at the LIM report, etc.
• We can provide a fee estimate to you once we understand your needs before your commit.
• We use standard fees for trust creation and enduring powers of attorney.
• For other asset planning matters, if you need price certainty we can provide you with a fee estimate or provide you with a range.
Our pricing policy also takes into account factors to appropriately determine the value of the legal work.
The NZLS Rules of Professional Conduct requires practitioners to take into account eight criteria when determining a fee, only one of which is the time. We balance these factors to ensure that true value and satisfaction are delivered to our clients.
- the skill, specialised knowledge, and responsibility required
- the importance of the matter to the client and the results achieved
- the urgency and the circumstances in which the business is transacted
- the value or amount of any property or money involved
- the complexity of the matter and the difficulty or novelty of the questions involved
- the number and importance of the documents prepared or perused
- the time and labour expended
- the reasonable costs of running the lawyers practice