Clear invoicing – good friends. So that there is no rude awakening afterwards we always try to set out the fee costs as transparently as possible beforehand. Even when the lawyer’s payment is as far as possible prescribed by the Austrian scale of charges (RATG) or the Austrian autonomous fee criteria (AHK), individual agreements, e.g. an hourly rate, can be made.
If you have legal expenses insurance, we will be happy to take on the request for cost recovery and settle the case with your legal cost insurers.
Even if you do not have legal expenses insurance, in many proceedings costs are awarded against the opponent if he is deemed liable in the proceedings. The final bill for the case is not possible until the end of the mandate relationship. However so that our clients are transparently informed about the actual costs while the mandate relationship is still in force, we carry out interim accounts or up-front fees. Account is naturally taken of these in the final settlement and, in the case of the opponent bearing the costs, refunded to you. If you have legal expenses cover our payment in this matter will of course be settled with your insurers.
The following fee agreements can be made:
1. Fees according to the agreed scale:
The lawyers’ charges are settled according to the agreed scale in the Rechtsanwaltstarifgesetz [Act on Lawyers Fees] (RATG) or the autonomous fee criteria (AHK). The level of the fee in this is dependent on the amount involved in the case. If you have made no other agreement with your lawyer the fee is calculated according to these criteria.
2. Hourly fees:
An hourly rate is agreed for the lawyers’ payment in which all back office services are included. To guarantee a correct and transparent compilation of the fee every activity for the client is recorded separately.
3. Flat fee:
If our charges can be estimated at the outset (e.g. standard contracts etc.) a flat fee can also be agreed.