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How much are lawyer fees to buy or sell a home?

According to the Law Society of British Columbia,there are no fixed rates set for legal services.  There are 4 common methods used by Lawyers to calculate how much it costs to use their services:

  1. Fixed fee: regardless of the amount of time it takes.  This is common for real estate transactions
  2. Hourly rate: includes phone calls; meetings; research, preparing documents for court, letters, court appearances etc.  You will be invoiced on an ongoing basis.  
  3. Contingency fee:  a percentage of money you may win in a case
  4. Retainer: you put money on deposit and the lawyer will ask you for more as time goes on.

You will also see a term called Disbursements on your invoices which are costs spent on your behalf by a lawyer which they are seeking reimbursement for.  For example, in a real estate transaction they will obtain a title search and your lawyer will be asking for return of that costs

In addition, legal fees are a taxable service.  You will see both GST and PST on your invoice.

You can ask your lawyer for an estimate of their costs to buy or sell a home.  And if your are seeking other legal advice, please be sure to ask them how much they charge an hour and for detailed invoices.


November 30, 2021

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