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How much does it cost?

Love Family Lawyers offer a number different pricing and payment strategies which will suit just about every situation.

Initial Consultations

Love Family Lawyers offer a no obligation and completely confidential first consultation with one of our friendly family law solicitors for 30 minutes at $99.00 or for 60 minutes at $149.00.

Initial consultations are the first opportunity that you will have to meet with one of our solicitors. Our initial consultations can very quickly help you to determine whether you will need to take any action in your matter and can provide you with preliminary idea of the best way to proceed. For a fraction of our hourly rates, this consultation can be a useful tool to assess whether our firm or a particular solicitor is the right fit for you.

Please note, our initial consultations are only $99.00 or $149.00. If you wish to return to meet with your solicitor, you will be charged at our solicitors’ hourly rate. To view our hourly rates, see Hourly Rates.

For a no obligation enquiry about our initial consultations, contact our office on 07 3390 2344 today.

Fixed Fee

Fixed fee pricing is a fixed price for a certain item of work. The purpose of Fixed Fees is to create absolute certainty for the client. Essentially, the client knows upfront what they will pay for our fixed fee services with no nasty surprises.

At Love Family Lawyers, our fixed fee services are offered when we can identify the exact work required with clarity. Our fixed fee services are suitable for procedural applications such as Divorce Applications, Applications for Consent Orders and some Binding Financial Agreements (depending on their complexity). Our fixed fee services are suitable for the preparation of specific documents such as Wills and Power of Attorneys.

Please note that fixed fee pricing cannot be offered in every legal matter. Where the nature, duration and complexity of the matter cannot be easily identified, fixed fee pricing will not be offered.

For a no obligation enquiry about our fixed fee pricing, contact our office on 07 3390 2344 today.

Hourly Rates

Hourly rates are a time-based form of professional fees charged. Along with other law firms,  The Love Family SolicitorLove Family Lawyers professional fees are charged at six (6) minute intervals in reference to the amount of time spent attending to your matter.

We currently offer the following hourly rates:

Legal Practitioner Director – $520.00
Special Counsel – $495.00
Senior Associate – $470.00
Associate – $420.00
Senior Solicitor – $370.00
Solicitor – $320.00
Paralegal – $250.00
Administration – $120.00

Please note that the above rates exclude GST.

For a no obligation enquiry about our hourly pricing, contact our office on 07 3390 2344 today.

Deferred fees

Deferred fees are fees charged at an hourly rate, but payment is deferred until the conclusion of the matter. This arrangement is ideally suited to family law property matters where the parties might have some assets but no available cash; and also useful where one party to the relationship controls all the assets and is excluding the other party.

Generally, at the settlement of the matter, funds become available through settlement payments or the sale of assets, which can then be used to pay the deferred fee.
In deceased estate matters a deferred fee is often used as the executor and beneficiaries under the will might not have the funds to pay as they go. The legal fees are be paid when the estate is finalised, or in the event that estate assets are converted to cash.

The downside of the deferred fee arrangement is that a higher hourly rate is charged, as the firm ordinarily has to wait months, if not years, to get paid for the work that it is doing.

Security for payment is ordinarily required, which may be in the form of a right to caveat over property, or by way of a mortgage secured over a party’s share in the real estate.

If you are on a deferred fee retainer you might still be required to pay any of the upfront costs such as Court filing fees and property valuation fees.

We currently offer the following deferred fee hourly rates:

Legal Practitioner Director – $620.00
Special Counsel – $595.00
Senior Associate – $570.00
Associate – $520.00
Senior Solicitor – $470.00
Solicitor – $420.00
Paralegal – $350.00
Administration – $220.00

Please note that the above rates exclude GST.

For a no obligation enquiry about our deferred fee pricing, contact our office on 07 3390 2344 today.

Litigation Financing

Litigation financing or funding is where a third party financial institution loans money to you to pay the legal bills. Depending on the type of matter and the amounts required, arrangements can be put in place though our firm which allow you to pay your invoice over a six to twelve month period.

You need to meet the financial requirements for this type of funding, however as the arrangement is guaranteed by our firm the eligibility threshold is not as high as it would otherwise be. You can sometimes fund your litigation through a personal loan or credit card if you are in a position to do so.

Interim Property Distribution/Hogan order

It is not uncommon for one party to the marriage or de facto relationship to hold the majority of the assets or have most of the income, leaving the other in the unfair position of struggling to find the funds to protect their rights.

If you find yourself in such a situation it is possible to apply to the Court for an order that:

  • The other party to the litigation provide the money to meet your legal fees; or
  • That property of the marriage or de facto relationship be sold or monies released to you to meet payment of your legal fees.

This type of application is ordinarily brought early in the matter to obtain the funds necessary to litigate the matter to a conclusion. You would need to demonstrate to the Court that the other party has the capacity to meet that payment, as well as meeting any other necessary requirements in the circumstances, as it is not possible for the Court to order a party to produce funds out of thin air.

There are a number of different legal mechanisms which would allow the Court to make such an order and the requirements vary depending on the power used. Such application are technical and can be complex, so legal representation for the application is highly desirable. Until such time as the application for funding is heard you would ordinarily us some other funding model, such as deferred fees.

Court Fees (Family Law)

For information on Filing Fees and Court Event Fees please click here to go to the Federal Circuit Court of Australia website.