Our Fees and Paying for our Service
Solicitors and lawyers have a reputation for having very expensive fees. At Crisp & Co we have always sought to provide our clients with expert advice in all aspects of family law at a reasonable price that is highly competitive.
We believe that our fees offer excellent value for money. We do not make any charge for your first appointment with us. At that meeting, we will provide you with an estimate of your overall costs, based on your particular situation.
We understand that it is important that you know how your legal fees are calculated and how much the process is likely to cost you. Unlike many law firms dealing with family law, we always provide our clients with a cost estimate that includes VAT and expenses.
Our fees are charged on an hourly rate, the rate you pay will depend on the lawyer who is dealing with your case, and the level of their experience and expertise. We always pair you with the lawyer who has the expertise appropriate to your particular circumstances and who provides you with the best value for money.
In addition to our fees you will probably be subject to charges for expenses, which solicitors refer to as disbursements. These will usually be for things like Court fees (for example to formally start the divorce procedure), a search at the Land Registry (to establish formal ownership of property) or for a barrister’s advice or representation (typically needed in more complex cases). We always provide our clients with detailed information about what their likely expenses will be from the very outset. If unanticipated expenses arise, we always obtain a quote or detailed estimate in advance of that expense arising. We firmly believe that our clients should be in control of their legal fees.
As well as providing our clients with a cost estimate from the outset we also provide ongoing fees advice usually on a monthly basis, so you always know where you stand in regard to legal fees.
At Crisp & Co we are proud to be able to provide our clients with innovative solutions to payment of legal fees.
If you feel that you would like to pay for our legal advice in manageable financial bites, we offer a ‘pay as you go’ service. You pay a sum up front and use our services up to the amount you have paid. It is then your choice as to whether you continue to use our service. Using the ‘pay as you go’ payment scheme allows you to dip in and out of our service as you feel that you need it.
We also understand that while you are in the process of ending your relationship, as well as dealing with the emotional and practical costs, you may also be facing new financial burdens to accommodate your changed circumstances. At Crisp & Co the team will always look at alternative ways in which you can pay legal fees to suit your particular situation, so that you have access to the best legal advice.
How can we help?
- Michele Crisp
- Managing & Client Care Partner