As a potential client, you would be required to provide a brief background on the matter in respect of which legal representation is required. Such background may be provided telephonically or via email. We will conduct a brief merits assessment to determine whether the matter is of such nature that legal representation would in fact be warranted. This assessment is conducted at no cost to you.
We will, should we be of the view that the matter requires further action, advise you to schedule an initial consultation with us. The purpose of the initial consultation is for you to provide a more comprehensive description of the nature of your problem and for us to determine whether we can help you and, if so, at what cost.
We charge a consultation fee of R1 000.00 (One Thousand Rand) in respect of the first hour of the initial consultation. Any additional time spent in consultation will thereafter be billed in accordance with our hourly rate.
Should you, after the initial consultation, be satisfied with the legal advice provided and wish to instruct us to act on your behalf, a minimum deposit/retainer of R3 000.00 (Three Thousand Rand) will be payable in advance for anticipated fees, charges and expenses. Should your matter be in respect of a marriage to be dissolved, a minimum deposit/retainer of R5 000.00 (Five Thousand Rand) will be payable.
Time spent working on a matter includes time spent on the following:
· Making and receiving phone calls
· All drafting i.e. letters, pleadings etc.
· Perusing documents
· Conducting research
· Appearing in court (or other forums)
· Communicating via text
· Sending and receiving emails
· Scanning and photocopying documents
Please note that the above is not an exhaustive list and that disbursements will be charged where applicable.
Depending on the nature of the matter, we may offer alternative billing arrangements such as an upfront fixed fee arrangement.
We require that all new clients familiarise themselves with and sign our Mandate and Fee Agreement as it covers pertinent information such as our hourly rate and general terms of engagement.
We further require that clients supply us with all information that is required in terms of Section 21 of the Financial Intelligence Centre Act, No. 38 of 2001.
Pro bono (free) legal services
Attorneys in South Africa are required to provide 24 hours per year of pro bono (free) legal assistance to indigent members of the public. Pro bono work is administered through the Legal Practice Council. Please visit https://lpc.org.za/ for more information.
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